Curious about Cordyceps uses? Here are 5 to know

Curious about Cordyceps uses? Here are 5 to know

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Get to know 5 Cordyceps uses

Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a brand-new bottle of Cordyceps militaris extract. Now what? Learn more about Cordyceps uses to support your health and well-being — and get tips for how to use Cordyceps in your everyday life.*

From its immune system support to its support for the lungs and healthy stress response, Cordyceps is a little orange mushroom with a rich history and bright future.* Here’s a look at some ways to use Cordyceps in your daily routine.

5 Cordyceps uses for everyday life

1. Take it straight up.

Technically you don’t even need water to take Cordyceps. Simply squeeze the dropper, open your mouth, and swallow! Cordyceps extract can be taken with food or on an empty stomach, so if you’re pressed for time, just take it and run onto whatever comes next in your day.

2. Toss it in your gym bag.
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Cordyceps is beloved by some weekend warriors and even professional athletes, and it has long been used to support athletic performance.*

Cordyceps mushroom supports healthy energy and stamina levels, too.* In addition, Cordyceps helps maintain cellular energy by lending support to the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the body’s building block of energy for most cellular processes.* Cordyceps promotes endurance and offers support for oxygen uptake as well as lung capacity.*

Check out our Cordyceps militaris tincture, made 100% from organic fruiting bodies, grown with love right here in the USA!

3. Make it part of your morning routine.

Cordyceps is part of a class of herbs called adaptogens. They include plants and mushrooms that support your adrenal glands and your body’s natural stress response.* Cordyceps and others adaptogens are used to help support healthy energy levels.* 

You can take our Cordyceps militaris extract up to three times a day, so one of those servings could be part of your morning ritual — before all the hustle and bustle starts.

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4. Add it to your afternoon smoothie.

If taking a mushroom extract straight up isn’t your thing, you’re in luck: Tinctures can easily be added to drinks, including smoothies. (This is one of the simplest and most popular Cordyceps uses!)

Cordyceps is one of the most prized herbs in traditional Chinese herbalism, and it has been for centuries. In modern times, this mushroom has been studied for its antioxidant qualities.*

It has a mild taste, so it will blend right into any smoothie, juice, or even water. If you’re a fan of smoothies, add a squeeze of Cordyceps before you take that first sip.

Did you know? Cordyceps militaris is one of the 10 organic mushrooms in our fan-favorite Mush-10 tincture. (Mush-10 is also available as a powder, which you can add to a smoothie, latte and more.)

5. Add a dropperful to your evening tea.

Traditionally, one of the most popular Cordyceps uses has been supporting a healthy libido in older adults.* In China, the mushroom has long been known as a sexual tonic.* Modern research on male mice has shown that Cordyceps and its active constituent cordycepin promote healthy testosterone levels.* So, as you start to think about — ahem — bedtime, you might also think about adding Cordyceps to a cup of tea.

Check out this blog post for more about Cordyceps uses in the bedroom!

And since people tend to ask: The mushroom in our Cordyceps extract is a species known as Cordyceps militaris. This species is both vegan and cruelty-free. Cordyceps sinensis is the species found in the wild, and it’s notorious for being a finicky eater and feasting upon a specific type of caterpillar. That’s natural, but in recent decades we’ve learned to cultivate Cordyceps.

Cordyceps militaris is the cultivated version that’s used interchangeably with Cordyceps sinensis, much to the relief of caterpillars, vegans, and your wallet. (Cultivated Cordyceps are far more affordable than the wild ones, which were once literally worth their weight in gold!) Making this mushroom more affordable means you can get creative with your Cordyceps uses!

Want to experience Cordyceps militaris for yourself? Check out our Cordyceps militaris tincture, made with organic Cordyceps we grow ourselves that are double extracted with hot water and 190-proof alcohol. 

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Our favorite (super easy) slow cooker Reishi tea recipe

Our favorite (super easy) slow cooker Reishi tea recipe

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Learn how easy it is to make our Reishi tea recipe

Tea is the simplest way to extract any herb or mushroom. It doesn’t require much herbal knowledge or any special equipment. If you have access to Reishi mushroom, clean water, a pot, and a heat source, you can make Reishi tea. It truly is that easy. (How many times in life can you say that?) In fact, once you make it, you likely won’t need a Reishi tea recipe — you’ll know the process by heart. 

You can make Reishi tea with fresh fruiting bodies if you’re lucky enough to find one (or more) growing in a forest near you. Known as “the mushroom of immortality” and the queen of mushrooms (among other monikers), Reishi prefers to grow on elm, alder, oak, and some conifers across North America, Europe, South America, and Asia.

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Why drink Reishi tea?

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) doesn’t look like the mushrooms you buy at the supermarket, and if you tried to bite into one, you might even chip a tooth! While you do consume the fruiting body, these mushrooms usually need to be extracted first. They’re really tough.

Reishi tea has been consumed for hundreds of years in China and elsewhere. It can be bitter, which is a sign of its potency. One of its most active components, called triterpenes, naturally tastes bitter.

We think that our Reishi mushroom tea tastes like bitter chocolate, and we often play up that flavor. Use this basic Reishi tea recipe as a base for hot cocoa, sip it while you savor a square of really good chocolate, or swap (cooled) Reishi tea for the water called for in your favorite brownie recipe!

Reishi tea can:

  • Support the immune system*
  • Promote relaxation*
  • Support healthy lung function*
  • Promote overall well-being, as a tonic herb*

For more Reishi recipes to go with your Reishi tea recipe, check out this blog post!

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Slow Cooker Reishi Tea Recipe

The easiest way to make Reishi tea is in a slow cooker. Tough mushrooms like this one like to cook slow and low, and a slow cooker is the safest way to do so. If you don’t have one, simply simmer your Reishi tea in a pot on the stovetop, but keep an eye on it so all the water doesn’t evaporate.

Pressed for time? Use an Instant Pot or pressure cooker to make this Reishi tea recipe in under an hour.

Serves 1

1-inch piece dried Reishi mushroom (or 1 teaspoon ground dried Reishi mushroom)

1 quart filtered water

Add the Reishi and water to your slow cooker. Set the temperature to low, then let cook for four to eight hours, or up to overnight. Strain before serving.

This mushroom can be bitter — that’s how you know you have a strong cup of Reishi tea — so feel free to flavor it with any of these additions:

  • A slice of fresh ginger
  • A drizzle of honey
  • A wedge of fresh lemon or orange
  • A sprinkle of dark cocoa powder
  • A sprinkle of ground cinnamon or cardamom
  • Fresh grated garlic (for a savory version)
  • Fresh rosemary or thyme (simmered with the Reishi)

Not all Reishi is created equal! To ensure yours comes from a quality source, reach for Mushroom Revival’s double-extracted Reishi tincture. This Certified Organic tincture is extracted using both hot water and alcohol, to ensure a potent tincture packed with as much Reishi goodness as possible.*

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3 Shiitake health benefits — from nutrition to liver health*

3 Shiitake health benefits — from nutrition to liver health*

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So much goodness in just one mushroom! Here’s our simplified list of Shiitake health benefits.

Shiitake happens to be one of our favorite mushrooms — and we’re not alone in our love. We want to invite you to join the fan club for these tender little ‘shrooms, by sharing with you some Shiitake health benefits and other fun facts. 

Head into the produce aisle of any supermarket, in the US or just about anywhere else, and look for the mushroom bins. What will you find? Besides the ubiquitous “white” and “brown” button mushrooms, you’ll likely find the mighty Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes), with a brown cap and white or cream stem, serrated gills and white spores.

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These tasty mushrooms find a home on our plates more often than any other mushroom except those buttons! Beyond their rich, meaty flavor — that’s thanks to their high umami content — Shiitake mushrooms also have a long history of use in herbalism. 

Ever get confused between Maitake and Shiitake? Check out this blog post to learn the difference between Maitake and Shiitake health benefits.

Whether you choose to eat them fresh or dried, these mushrooms are worth getting to know. Here’s a look at Shiitake health benefits. We narrowed it down to three here, but we could go on all day!

Shiitake health benefit 1: They may love your liver.* 

Shiitake has long been used to show the liver a little love.* This mushroom supports the liver — and the digestive system — thanks to a compound called eritadenine.* In your body, the liver is responsible for producing and eliminating (breaking down) cholesterol, which is used to make hormones, vitamin D and some digestive enzymes. 

The substance eritadenine is believed to help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol within the liver.*

Shiitake health benefit 2: They support your immune system.*

Move over, chicken soup. Shiitake broth is what’s for dinner! In both food and extract form, Shiitake has quite the rep for supporting the immune system.* 

All mushrooms contain a type of complex carbohydrates called beta-glucans, which have been extensively researched. They support the immune system as well as healthy cell turnover.* 

Shiitake uniquely contains a beta-glucan called lentinan. This compound has been used around the world to maintain cellular health and a healthy immune system.* 

shiitake health benefits

Tip: For a simple way to enjoy Shiitake health benefits, try simmering a few broken Shiitake caps (better for extracting the good stuff) in water with garlic and ginger. After a few hours, strain and whisk in miso paste for a tasty soup.

Health benefit 3: Shiitake mushrooms are packed with nutrition. 

Shiitake mushrooms contain fiber, carbohydrates and protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Mushrooms, in general, are relatively low in calories, so they’re also a great way to “bulk” up any meal. 

It’s worth noting that Shiitake (and other mushrooms) are sources of some B vitamins as well as vitamin D — a rarity outside of animal foods. 

Four dried Shiitake mushrooms provide:

  • 44 calories
  • Niacin: 11% DV
  • 11 grams carbohydrates
  • Riboflavin: 11% of DV
  • 2 grams fiber
  • Selenium: 10% DV
  • 1 gram protein
  • Vitamin B5: 33% DV
  • Copper: 39% of the Daily Value
  • Vitamin B6: 7% DV
  • Folate: 6% DV
  • Manganese: 9% DV
  • Zinc: 8% DV
Ready to love on the “tree mushroom”? You can access Shiitake health benefits in our Mushroom Immunity tincture. Or enjoy the health benefits of Shiitake, plus nine other amazing mushrooms in our Mush 10 powder or tincture!

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What herbs would be included on an adaptogens list?

What herbs would be included on an adaptogens list?

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An Adaptogens list to help you manage your stress

There’s a lot of buzz around adaptogens these days — and for good reason! Adaptogens are herbs (plants, mushrooms, and other botanicals) that support your body’s ability to adapt to stress.* That can include both physical and emotional stress.* Adaptogens support your adrenals, which are basically the project managers of your body’s stress response.* They also support other body systems and structures during times of occasional stress.*

Adaptogens help your body adapt to whatever life throws your way.* They’re a specific group of herbs (and that includes mushrooms) that support your body’s natural stress response.* But before we get to our 15 favorite adaptogens list, let’s take a look at how adaptogens can help is cope with stress.

To be considered an adaptogen, an “herb” has to help the body adapt to both environmental and psychological stresses.* It must also offer nonspecific support to major systems — including your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.*

Adaptogens can:

  • help maintain healthy stamina, energy, and endurance.*
  • help support mental concentration and focus.*
  • promote a balanced response to physical or emotional stress.*
  • support your immune system and balance your endocrine system so that it can do the important work of maintaining your natural defenses.*
  • support well-being and promote balance during times of occasional stress.* 

Try swapping out some different herbs from this adaptogens list to experiment with some new flavors for this adaptogen latte.

Adaptogens list

Which herbs would make the cut and be included on an adaptogens list? Here’s a rundown of 15 of the most popular herbs and mushrooms that are classified as adaptogens.*

 

  1.  American Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius): Used to support healthy stamina and endurance.*
  2.  Amla berry (Phyllanthus emblica): A traditional Ayurvedic tonic herb.*
  3.  Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Helps the body adapt to occasional stress and supports a healthy immune system.*
  4.  Asian Ginseng root (Panax ginseng​): Promotes healthy stamina and both mental and physical energy.*
  5.  Cordyceps mushroom fruiting body (Cordyceps militaris): Used to support athletic performance, cellular energy, and endurance.*
adaptogens list
adaptogens list
  1.  Eleuthero root (Eleutherococcus senticosus): Traditionally used in Russian herbalism to support the adrenals, immune system, and physical stamina.*
  2.  Goji berry (Lycium barbarum): Traditionally used in Chinese herbalism to support healthy energy and both physical and mental performance.*
  3.   Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum): An Ayurvedic herb (known as Tulsi) that has long been used to support a healthy response to stress and positive mood.*
  1.  Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Supports a healthy response to stress.*
  2.  Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): A traditional Peruvian herb used to support healthy energy, stamina, and performance.*
  3.  Reishi mushroom fruiting body (Ganoderma lucidum): Traditionally used in Chinese herbalism to promote relaxation and support the immune       system.*
  4.  Rhaponticum root (Rhaponticum carthamoides): Native to Siberia, it supports healthy energy levels and a response to physical stress.*
  5.  Rhodiola root (Rhodiola rosea): Native to Siberia, it supports your body’s ability to manage emotional and physical stress.*
  6.  Schisandra berry (Schisandra chinensis): Traditionally used in Chinese herbalism to support immune health and endurance.*
  7.  Shilajit (Asphaltum bitumen​): Found on rocks in the Himalayas and used in Ayurveda, it supports a healthy response to stress.*

Try out some mushrooms from off this adaptogens list for yourself!

Mushroom Revival offers Certified Organic double-extracted tinctures of the two most popular adaptogenic mushrooms. Try Reishi tincture for relaxation or Cordyceps Militaris tincture for energy. Or get them both in our Mush 10 powder and tincture, perfect for adding to smoothies, green juice, and more.

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Matcha Smoothie Bowl with Lion’s Mane mushroom recipe

Matcha Smoothie Bowl with Lion’s Mane mushroom recipe

lion's mane mushroom recipe

Start your day off right with this brain-fueling matcha smoothie bowl with lion’s mane mushroom recipe!

Mornings are hard when you’re not a morning person. If you have places to go and people to see in the early hours of your day, getting it all done can be a real feat. But we have your back, friend. This Matcha Smoothie Bowl with Lion’s Mane mushroom recipe was created with you in mind. 

When you’re short on time and find yourself facing the tough choice of caffeine or breakfast, it’ll help you. Each smooth, creamy and cooling bite will perk you right up — from your taste buds to your brain. 

The secret ingredient? Lion’s Mane. This mushroom is a favorite of your brain* — take one look at the shaggy white mushroom, that’ll come as no surprise.

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Lion’s Mane is your brain’s BFF in the mushroom kingdom. It: 

  • Promotes mental clarity, focus and memory*
  • Provides cerebral and nervous system support*
  • Optimizes nervous and immune system health*
  • Supports cognitive function*

Never heard of Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)? No worries. This ‘shroom goes by many names: 

  • Monkey Head Mushroom
  • Pom Pom
  • Bear’s Head Tooth
  • Hou Tou Gu
  • Brain Mushroom

Any of those ring a bell? Maybe they will after breakfast! We whipped up this Lion’s Mane mushroom recipe to offer a no-cook healthy breakfast on those days when you have a full to-do list and an empty tank. We hope you’ll love it as much as we do.

For an evening treat, check out this blog post for lion’s mane mushroom recipe cocktails!

lion's mane mushroom recipe
Mushroom Revival’s Organic Lion’s Mane Tincture For Cognitive Function & Memory is the star ingredient in this recipe. Made with Organic Lion’s Mane mushroom extracted in alcohol, it also includes a hint of Cinnamon to support healthy circulation and make your taste buds dance.* With these benefits, you could call it neural nectar!

Energizing Matcha Smoothie Bowl with Lion’s Mane Mushroom Recipe

Matcha is a type of green tea that is higher in antioxidants and caffeine than regular green tea. The leaves are dried and ground, then traditional whisked into hot water — so you’re consuming the matcha itself versus an extraction. You’ll love its grassy flavor paired with the other ingredients in this gluten-free smoothie bowl. 

If you need to hit the road fast, pour this smoothie into a glass and take it to go! 

Customize this bowl based on what’s on hand in your kitchen right now. We included a Brazil nut for a boost of the essential mineral selenium, as well as maca powder for an energy boost. Out of those? Leave ‘em out — and add whatever you like! 

Matcha’s caffeine is generally considered to be “gentler” than coffee, but it does contain caffeine. A serving is 1 teaspoon, so add more or less depending on your day and your caffeine tolerance levels. 

Serves 1;  5 minutes to prep 

Ingredients

For the smoothie bowl

1 large frozen banana1 dropperful Mushroom Revival Organic Lion’s Mane Tincture
2 cups mixed greens (such as kale or spinach) OR 1 scoop super greens powder1 scoop protein powder (vegan preferred) 
½ cup frozen pineapple or mango 1-2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
½ cup unsweetened milk of your choice1 teaspoon maca powder (optional) 
1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter 1 Brazil nut (optional)


Optional toppings

Hemp heartsGround cinnamon 
BlueberriesCoconut flakes 
Ground flax seedsDark cocoa powder
Pumpkin seeds  


Instructions

Add all ingredients for your smoothie bowl to a blender. Blend until smooth, then pour into a bowl. Garnish with your desired toppings. 

Serve immediately, and savor every cool, creamy bite — then take on the world! 

Have leftovers of? Pour into ice pop molds, then freeze for a fun treat later on.

Ready to roar? Check out our Lion’s Mane Tincture, double extracted with hot water and 190-proof alcohol. It’s awesome in this smoothie bowl or any smoothie or protein shake!

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The 5 coolest Cordyceps militaris benefits worth knowing

The 5 coolest Cordyceps militaris benefits worth knowing

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Cordyceps militaris benefits go beyond boosting your immune system — #4 may surprise you!

Cordyceps militaris is a mushroom with a host of benefits, including both traditional and modern uses. (This species of Cordyceps also happens to be the very type we grow at Mushroom Revival — and that we use in the products you know and love.) 

From its adaptogenic qualities to its support for the immune system, Cordyceps is a mushroom worth getting to know. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting Cordyceps militaris benefits. 

As a quick reminder: Cordyceps militaris can be cultivated without bugs or other animal-derived nutrients, making them a cruelty-free choice as opposed to its cousin Cordyceps sinensis. Thankfully for both humans and the moths those caterpillars morph into later in life, the two species are interchangeable in terms of beneficial compounds — but militaris is more affordable, due to its cultivation. Now back to the benefits of Cordyceps militaris.

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1. Cordyceps militaris is an adaptogen.* 

Adaptogens are herbs (both plants and mushrooms) that support the body’s healthy stress response, which is maintained by your adrenal glands.* This elite group of herbs includes Tulsi, Rhodiola, and Ashwagandha, as well as mushrooms like Reishi and — you guessed it — Cordyceps. 

The term “adaptogen” is only a few decades old, but the herbs in the group have been used in cultures around the world for centuries. Cordyceps militaris is among those adaptogens used to help support healthy energy levels.*

2. Cordyceps militaris possess antioxidant qualities.*

Oxidation is a natural part of being a human — especially as we age. However, certain substances known as antioxidants apply the brakes to that process. 

Cordyceps, one of the most valued herbs in traditional Chinese herbalism, has been studied for its antioxidant activity.* 

3. Cordyceps militaris may boost athletic performance.* 

 Your body’s natural stress response deals with physical stress as either emotional or mental. As an adaptogen, Cordyceps has gained a following among athletes and gym-goers alike. This mushroom supports healthy energy and stamina levels, and it is used to support athletic performance.* In addition, Cordyceps militaris benefits also include the maintenance of cellular energy by lending support to the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the body’s building block of energy for most cellular processes.* It supports endurance, too — and offers support for oxygen uptake and lung capacity.* 

Did you know? Cordyceps militaris is one of 10(!) organic mushrooms in our super-duper popular Mush-10 tincture. (Mush-10 is also available as a powder, which you can add to your smoothie, latte and more.)

4. Cordyceps militaris benefits may include boosting performance in the bedroom.* 

Beyond athletic performance, there’s another kind of performance that is associated with Cordyceps militaris benefits. (And that kind can get more than a little athletic at times, too!) 

One of the traditional uses of Cordyceps is to support a healthy libido in older adults.* (It has a long history as a sexual tonic herb in China.*) In modern times, this little mushroom is still used to support a healthy libido.*

In studies on mice, Cordyceps (and the active constituent cordycepin) was shown to promote healthy testosterone levels.* 

Check out this blog post if you’re interested in learning more about Cordyceps militaris benefits in the bedroom!

5. Cordyceps militaris may support healthy inflammatory function.*

Your body is pretty awesome at taking care of itself, scheduling regular and on-demand processes and responses to keep your cells and tissues healthy. Certain proteins in your body are programmed to respond as needed to ensure your cells turn over on time. Research has shown that Cordyceps helps your cells with this process.

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Want to try Cordyceps militaris benefits for yourself? Check out our Cordyceps militaris tincture, made with organic Cordyceps we grow ourselves that are double extracted with hot water and 190-proof alcohol.

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Nourish Deep with this Turkey Tail Mushroom Recipe

Nourish Deep with this Turkey Tail Mushroom Recipe

Turkey tail mushroom recipe

Spring Bone Broth Turkey tail mushroom recipe — hold the bone!

Turkey Tail is a beloved mushroom here at Mushroom Revival. We love it for many reasons, including its niche in the ecosystem, its bright colors, and its value in herbalism. We wanted to share this Turkey Tail mushroom recipe with you!

It is easy to identify in the wild because of how brightly colored it can be. It is actually known by the name Turkey Tail because its fan shape resembles the tail of a standing turkey. It is striped with dark to light bands of color in brown, beige, blue, orange, and black. It prefers to grow on dead logs and has been known to feed on most kinds of trees. (It does have some look-alikes, so always confirm this mushroom before you forage it!)

In Latin, Trametes means “one who is thin” and versicolor means “variously colored.” In China, the mushroom is called yun zhi, or cloud mushroom. In Japan it is called Kawaratake, which means “besides the river mushroom.”

Turkey tail mushroom recipe

Turkey Tail Becomes an Herbal Superstar

In Japan, it has long been used as a folk remedy.* In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Turkey Tail is used for lung and liver support.*

Of all of the mushrooms used in herbalism, Turkey Tail has been studied more than any other species. There’s an interesting story behind its current use. Back in 1965, a chemical engineer in Japan observed his neighbor taking a traditional herbal preparation. After several months of learning about the neighbor and his traditional approach to health, the engineer convinced his colleagues to examine the mushrooms — and soon PSK was born. PSK, or polysaccharide-K, is 1-3 beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that supports the immune system.* PSK is now the chief ingredient in Krestin, which is used in Japan. 

In studies, PSK has been shown to support the immune system, specifically T cells that function as a bridge between the innate and adaptive immune functions.* PSK also supports the antibody production by B lymphocytes.*

Wanna learn more about mushrooms that boost your immune system? Check out this blog post!

Turkey tail mushroom recipe

Turkey Tail Mushroom Recipe

This Spring Bone Broth is a recipe from Stepfanie Romine, based on one that’s in her book, Cooking with Healing Mushrooms. It incorporates spring tonic herbs like Nettles and Burdock, which contain many minerals and vitamins, as well as help the body detoxify. We think you’ll love this Turkey Tail mushroom recipe — sip on it to stay hydrated or use it to flavor your favorite spring meals.

Spring Bone Broth with Mushrooms by Stepfanie Romine

Makes: servings vary

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 8-24 hours

Ingredients
1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped1 cup fresh or dried Stinging Nettles
2 carrots, coarsely chopped1 tablespoon sliced Burdock root
1 bunch spring onions, chopped¼ cup dried Astragalus root
¼ cup dried Chaga mushroom granules10 black peppercorns
½ cup fresh or dried Turkey Tail mushroom1-inch piece kombu seaweed
1 ounce dried Reishi mushroom pieces1 gallon filtered water
½ cup fresh or dried Maitake mushroomsSalt to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a large stockpot or slow cooker. Cook at a low simmer for 8-24 hours. 
  2. Strain, season to taste with salt, and pour the broth into jars. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to three months. 

We hope that you enjoy your soup and the delicious and nourishing benefits of Turkey Tail, as well as the other vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs in this wonderful recipe. 

Another way to get the benefits of Turkey Tail in your daily lifestyle is with our Mush 10 powder. It contains extracted powder, so you receive a daily serving of bioavailable Turkey Tail and 9 other mushrooms!

Resources:

1. Medicinal Value Of Turkey Tail Fungus. A Literature Review by Christopher Hobbs http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/708ae68d64b17c52,1b1b20957ef5c8f4,210d57c00e88b78c.html

2. Healing Mushrooms GEORGES HALPERN – Square One Publishers – 2009

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How much do you know about Shiitake mushroom benefits?

How much do you know about Shiitake mushroom benefits?

shiitake mushroom benefits

Three Shiitake mushroom benefits that’ll have you falling even more in love with this popular and tasty mushroom

If you were a contestant on Family Feud and had to name a popular mushroom variety, Shiitake would likely earn you some high-fives from your teammates. That’s because Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) mushrooms are the second most-consumed mushrooms after button/cremini/portobellos, which are technically all the same type.

Shiitakes are delicious and packed with umami, and a texture that ranges from tender when fresh to meaty when cooked after being dried. Shiitake mushroom benefits are plentiful, so make room for the “oak mushroom” on your plate. (Shiia is a Japanese oak.)

The most common Shiitake mushroom benefits are immune health, healthy cholesterol within normal ranges, antioxidant support, skin health and liver support.*

shiitake mushroom benefits

What are Shiitake mushrooms?

Shiitake grows on fallen broadleaf trees across China, Japan, and other Asian countries with temperate climates, and you can also find — or grow — them in the US. Shiitake has been used as food and medicine for thousands of years in Japan and China.

Shiitake is the second most-studied mushroom after turkey tail. It’s been used traditionally and in modern times to support the immune system, the liver (thereby also promoting healthy skin), and the cardiovascular system.*

You can find fresh or dried Shiitake mushrooms at most supermarkets, and they’re also readily available in supplement form. They look like a typical mushroom, with a brown cap and white or cream stem, serrated gills and white spores. The caps are succulent and flavorful when cooked. (And always, always cook your mushrooms!) While their stems are edible, they are tough and stringy, so save them for soups or stock.

Check out this blog post for a delicious recipe to enjoy all Shiitake mushroom benefits!

3 Shiitake mushroom benefits worth remembering

Shiitake mushroom benefits #1: They’re nutritious.

Mushrooms are low in calories, and they provide fiber, carbohydrates and protein, as well as numerous essential vitamins and minerals. Just four dried Shiitake mushrooms provide:

  • 44 calories
  • 11 grams carbohydrates
  • 2 grams fiber
  • 1 gram protein
  • Copper: 39% of the Daily Value
  • Folate: 6% DV
  • Manganese: 9% DV
  • Niacin: 11% DV
  • Riboflavin: 11% of DV
  • Selenium: 10% DV
  • Vitamin B5: 33% DV
  • Vitamin B6: 7% DV
  • Vitamin D: 6% DV
  • Zinc: 8% DV

Shiitake benefits #2: They support immune health.*

Historically, Shiitake mushrooms were widely used to support immune health in China and Japan, for everything from acute responses to cellular support.(1)* In recent decades, Shiitake fruiting body extract (lentinan) has been extensively researched and used. The lentinan in Shiitake supports white blood cells and offers antioxidant support for the immune system.*(2)

Shiitake benefits #3: They contain vitamin D — rare for non-animal foods.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that’s essential for humans. That means that we need it, but our bodies can’t make it on their own. That’s why we consume it via supplements, food or beverages. Most food sources of vitamin D come from animals, but mushrooms uniquely provide this essential nutrient, especially if they are exposed to UV light.(3)

Your body requires vitamin D to absorb calcium, which is needed for bone health, as well as healthy cell growth and immune function.*

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Shiitake mushroom benefits and more!

Shiitake mushrooms alone offer amazing health benefits but imagine the goodness that could come from combining Shiitakes with nine other super-powered medicinal mushrooms. That’s just what we did in our Mush 10 powder and tincture for a supplement that supports your body’s immune health, enhances your body’s capacity for stress, is naturally anti-inflammatory, and is full of antioxidants!

Resources:

(1)    Finimundy, T.C., Dillon, A.J.P., Henriques, J.A.P. and Ely, M.R. (2014) A Review on General Nutritional Compounds and Pharmacological Properties of the Lentinula edodes Mushroom. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 5, 1095-1105. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/fns.2014.512119

(2)    Dai X, Stanilka JM, Rowe CA, et al. Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2015;34(6):478‐487. doi:10.1080/07315724.2014.950391

(3)    Keegan, R. J., Lu, Z., Bogusz, J. M., Williams, J. E., & Holick, M. F. (2013). Photobiology of vitamin D in mushrooms and its bioavailability in humans. Dermato-endocrinology, 5(1), 165–176. https://doi.org/10.4161/derm.23321.

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Our Favorite Maitake Mushroom Recipe for Dinner Parties

Our Favorite Maitake Mushroom Recipe for Dinner Parties

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A Simple and Impressive Maitake Mushroom Recipe Brought to You By Mushroom Revival

Maitake (Grifola frondosa) is a tasty and supportive mushroom with a vibrant history. Today we’re sharing our favorite Maitake mushroom recipe, which is both simple and elegant, making it the perfect dish for dinner parties or at-home dates with your sweetie.

Also known as dancing mushrooms or Hen of the Woods (not to be confused with Chicken of the Woods mushrooms), they were highly valued in feudal Japan. Maitake were worth their weight in silver! In fact, their worth is what led to the moniker “dancing mushrooms” — legend has it that folks did a little dance every time they found one. Thankfully, they’re much more affordable these days, which makes cooking up your favorite Maitake mushroom recipe that much easier.

Maitake mushroom recipe

Get to Know Maitake Mushrooms

If you’re out hiking in the forest in Europe, Asia or across the Eastern United States, you might be able to find a cluster of these grayish-brown polypore ‘shrooms growing at the base of oaks and other hardwood trees. (You’ll have the best luck from late summer through late fall.)

Don’t feel like testing your luck with foraging? Thankfully researchers figured out how to cultivate Maitake mushrooms about 40 years ago, so you can find them at most grocery stores year-round. As is usually the case with cultivated mushrooms, the Maitake you buy will have a milder taste and a more tender texture than those found in the wild.

Beyond their versatility in the kitchen, Maitake have plenty of health-supporting properties. In addition to immune support(1), these mushrooms have been shown to support healthy blood glucose levels within normal ranges(2) and liver health(3).*

Want to integrate more Maitake into your meals? Start with this simple yet elegant stuffed Maitake mushroom recipe. Maitake is also one of the 10 mushrooms in our Mush 10 powder, which you can add to smoothies, lattes, and more.  

The Best Stuffed Maitake Mushroom Recipe

Button mushrooms aren’t the only kind you can stuff. These stuffed Maitake are tender with a crisp crust, for a wonderful contrast. The savory breadcrumb mix soaks up all the flavor as they bake, for a simple and easy appetizer or side dish. This Maitake mushroom recipe is versatile — swap in your favorite dried herbs with the seasons. Try rosemary or sage in fall, or basil in summer.
Maitake mushroom recipe

Serves 4; 45 minutes to prep and cook

Ingredients

1 (3.5 ounce package) Maitake mushrooms

1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs (gluten-free if necessary)

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon ground cashews

½ teaspoon dried tarragon or 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon

¼ teaspoon dried dill or ½ teaspoon fresh dill

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup dry white wine or mushroom broth

Instructions
  1.   Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2.   Place the Maitake in a baking dish, and carefully open the petals, using a knife to slice deeper to allow more room for the stuffing, if desired. Season with salt and pepper.
  3.   In a medium bowl, combine the nutritional yeast, cashews, tarragon, dill, olive oil, and garlic, plus salt and pepper. Pack the mixture into and on top of the mushrooms. Add the wine to the dish.
  4.   Bake for 30 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the mushrooms are cooked through.
Resources: (1) Vetvicka, V., & Vetvickova, J. (2014). Annals of translational medicine, 2(2), 14. https://doi.org/10.3978/j.issn.2305-5839.2014.01.05 (2) Chen YH, Lee CH, Hsu TH, Lo HC. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. 2015;17(6):541‐556. doi:10.1615/intjmedmushrooms.v17.i6.50 (3) Kubo K, Nanba H. The effect of Maitake mushrooms on liver and serum lipids. Alternative and Therapeutic Health Medicine. 1996;2(5):62‐66.

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8 Facts You May Not Know about Growing Cordyceps

8 Facts You May Not Know about Growing Cordyceps

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Growing Cordyceps the Mushroom Revival Way

Once upon a time, not really all that long ago, growing Cordyceps wasn’t possible. In fact, Cordyceps militaris has only been cultivated commercially since the 1980s and didn’t make it’s way to the US until late 2015! Even now, these mushrooms can be tricky to grow. (Not surprising when you consider Cordyceps’ origins.) Cordyceps is a super picky eater in the wild, preferring to feast only upon the caterpillars of ghost moths in the foothills of the Himalayas. What a diva!

Thankfully, the bright orange Cordyceps militaris is less finicky than Ophiocordyceps sinensis, the most revered (and selective) wild Cordyceps species. While growing Cordyceps requires a lot of know-how and a little finesse, the species we use is both comparable to the wild version and much more accessible. And, if you’re vegan, you’ll be happy to know that nary a ghost moth is lost when we grow Cordyceps militaris!

8 Things to Know About Growing Cordyceps

You can read all about our foray into mushroom farming in this blog post about Cordyceps militaris production. Here are a few facts about growing Cordyceps that may be new to you.

  1. We’re number 1! As of April 30, 2019, Mushroom Revival is not only the biggest but also the first and only Certified Organic Cordyceps militaris fruiting body farm in the Western Hemisphere. We’re really proud of that milestone — and all the learning and shared wisdom it took for us to reach it.
  2. Cordyceps mushrooms don’t grow like other mushrooms. Nearly all Cordyceps militaris growers start with a supplemented rice substrate in glass jars. Think of it like congee for Cordyceps — it’s basically rice cooked in a nutrient-rich broth.
  3. You have to be flexible. Here at Mushroom Revival, we are constantly evolving our Cordyceps growing techniques. We sometimes:
  • change up our nutrient broth (think of it like adding different seasonings to your soup)
  • adjust pH or moisture levels
  • experiment with different lighting, tools, procedure, extraction methods, etc.
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4. We don’t use single use plastic! If you’ve ever bought one of those at-home mushroom growing kits (which are fun!), you know that many producers use single use plastic bags to hold the mushroom substrate. However, we grow in reusable glass jars or big reusable plastic bins that we can use over and over— which makes us and Mother Nature happy. We’re grateful this more sustainable technique has been successful, even if it adds more work.

5. You can’t rush Cordyceps. While mushrooms notoriously experience growth spurts, you have to be patient with them! Some growers opt to make products from mycelium, but we only use the real-deal, top-notch fruiting bodies. And, we always wait for nature to tell us when it’s time to harvest and process them into your favorite high-vibe, potent products.

6. There’s a lot of science that goes into growing Cordyceps mushrooms. If you’re growing herbs or tomatoes in your home garden, for example, then you know farming can be a combination of art and science. Not so with mushrooms. We not only read up on the latest scientific research to make sure we use the best techniques and extraction methods, but we also keep things spic-and-span. Our mushrooms are grown in sterile environments.

7. Growing Cordyceps involves so. many. numbers! Yes, growing Cordyceps is hands-on work, but it also requires meticulous recordkeeping. We’re Certified Organic (yo!), so we have to make sure we check all the boxes to maintain and exceed those standards. And, we are fastidious about logging every ingredient with batch numbers, through the entire process, and we keep those logs forever. If you had a question about Cordyceps grown in 2018, we’d have the answer!  

8. We put our Cordyceps to the test. We are committed to growing THE best Cordyceps possible. That’s why we send in our mushrooms and any other material we work with for rigorous lab testing — including heavy metal testing — and review the results and certification paperwork. Only then do we use them for our mushroom products. We do it for ourselves — and we do it for you so that you can rest assured that you’re getting the best possible Cordyceps, grown with love and integrity, right here in the USA!

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