Chaga is a fungus that grows primarily as a canker on birch trees. It has a hard woody texture and looks black from the outside. Even though its woody appearance is different from other traditional fungi, the canker has been recognized for its health properties in many parts of the world.
Chaga has traditionally been used to as a digestive aid, for liver and heart health, for internal cleansing (detoxifying), to support immune function, and for overall health.
Reishi, Ling Zhi, and "the lacquered polypore" are a few names that exist for this wonderful mushroom. It is known as the “mushroom of immortality," the “herb of spiritual potency,” and the “10,000 year mushroom.” Not a plant or an herb, it is a varnished conk mushroom with a reddish-orange cap that grows in nearly all parts of the world.
One of the most studied mushrooms to date, Ganoderma tsugae promotes longevity and healthy living in a variety of ways. Being an alkaloid mushroom, it can help promote a healthy body's pH. It helps maintain healthy blood sugar, healthy blood pressure and healthy liver function. Reishi promotes healthy immune system because it contains over 100 polysaccharides and 120 triterpenoids. The triterpenoid compounds also help with a healthy histamine response and respiratory health.
Lions Mane Extract
Lion's Mane, Pom Pom, Bear's Head or Monkey head is a "Tooth Fungi". This is because the spore bearing surface is made of toothlike icicles as opposed to gills or pores. It is a mushroom that grows on stumps or logs of primarily hardwood. It can be on living or dead trees and grows from July to October in the Northeastern United States.
This Mushroom has been referred to as "Nature's Nutrient for the Neurons" due to the active compounds which may be linked to production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). Lion's Mane promotes and supports healthy brain function, brain tissue, nerves, and synapses. Historically it has been used to support normal gastrointestinal function.