Our bites include a full spectrum blend of five certified organic beneficial mushrooms: Shiitake, Reishi, Mesima, Poria and Turkey Tail. Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in many cultures. They are grown at a certified organic farm and laboratory in the U.S. and are non-hallucinogenic and non-toxic.
Originally used in the East, many mushroom varieties have been studied intensively for their beneficial properties over the past few decades. In fact, all edible mushrooms seem to possess beneficial properties, although they must be prepared properly to release their full benefits.
These benefits of mushrooms seem to exist mainly because of the presence of polysaccharides (complex sugar molecules) called beta glucans in their cell walls. Beta glucans are present in mushrooms, algae, bacteria, fungi, and yeast. Early human clinical trials with beta glucans have confirmed that they have an immune strengthening effect and are safe to consume, with minimal to no side effects.
Mushrooms are reported to have the following benefits:
- Helps maintain a normal inflammatory response
- Antioxidant protection
- Helps support liver and kidney function
- Helps support blood sugar and blood pressure within normal ranges
- Helps maintain normal histamine levels and supports seasonal skin allergies
Mushrooms have been used in Eastern medicine for centuries to combat a variety of ailments. Recent studies (as early as the 1960s) involving cell cultures, animal models and even clinical trials are starting to show the health benefits of these fungi. The primary beneficial component of beneficial mushrooms are polysaccharides called beta-glucans. These beta-glucans are able to modulate the immune system by either magnifying or reducing the body’s natural responses. They support many major bodily systems and help provide homeostatis or balance.
Listed below are five well-studied medicinal mushrooms and some of their purported health benefits, according to recent studies.
Poria (Poria cocos) is a type of mushroom long used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) a form of alternative medicine that originated in China. Typically sourced from the mushroom’s filaments (the threadlike cells that form the body of the mushroom).
Poria contains several substances thought to promote health, including polysaccharides (a type of carbohydrate that appears to affect immune function) and triterpenoids (a class of compounds with antioxidant effects).
Phellinus Linteus is a mushroom that resembles a hoof. The colour of its stalk varies from dark brown to black. It is found mainly in China, Korea and Japan, where it is treated as a medicinal plant. This mushroom prefers the mulberry tree to other trees and is usually found growing on branches and stems.
The mushroom is also said to boost the body’s immune system. This is due to the presence of Beta D-Glucan and Lectin. These two polysaccharide-protein complexes possess properties that control the immune system.
It is also hailed as having properties that can regulate blood sugar levels.
While the reishi mushroom, or “Lingzhi” in Chinese, is still relatively unknown in Western cultures, this fascinating fungus has been revered in Asian societies for thousands of years and is one of the oldest symbols of well-being and longevity. These “mushrooms of immortality” are found growing on plum trees in the wild and were originally reserved for use only by royals.
There are many varieties of Reishi, the most common of which has a soft, cork-like texture and an ear-shaped cap that ranges in color from red-orange to black. The Reishi mushroom has a rather bitter, woody taste, which is why it is traditionally prepared in a tea or as an extract. It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that researchers began to rigorously study the medicinal properties of the Reishi mushroom, which is known to the scientific community as ganoderma lucidum. Reishi has been shown to aid in the following:
- Supports immune function
- Improves liver function and detoxification
- Promotes heart health and balances blood pressure
- Supports a normal histamine response
- Supports respiratory health
The Chinese have used the Shiitake mushroom for medicinal purposes for over 6,000 years and has become the Asian symbol for longevity. This particular type of edible fungus is the second most commonly cultivated mushroom in the world. With its rich sources of selenium, iron, dietary fiber, protein and vitamin C, research has shown significant benefits such as antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties as well as cardiovascular & hepatic benefits.
Turkey Tail mushrooms have been used as early as the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty in China. In Japanese, Turkey Tail is called kawaritake or “cloud mushrooms,” invoking their appearance of swirling clouds. These cultures have been long aware of the benefits of this super, power-filled mushroom; researchers have noted its health benefits, particularly in supporting the immune system. In fact, the cloud-like image symbolizes “longevity and health, spiritual attunement and infinity,” to these cultures, because the grow abundantly on dead and fallen trees. Turkey Tail mushrooms are classified as bracket fungi, and unlike Shiitake mushrooms, the contain tiny pores that release spores, making them part of the polypore family. These mushrooms grow easily almost anywhere in the world, making them one of the most common mushrooms found today.