The benefits of functional mushrooms are well documented and are responsible for around 130 therapeutic activities in the body15.
Lion's Mane (Hericium Erinaceus)
- Benefit: Believed to support cognitive function and nerve health.
- Science: Research suggests Lion's Mane may promote the production of nerve growth factor (NGF), aiding cognitive health.
Cordyceps Militaris - The Calm Energiser
- Benefit: Traditionally known to boost energy and stamina.
- Science: Preliminary studies indicate Cordyceps may have potential cognitive-enhancing effects and support cellular energy production.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) - The 'Mushroom of Immortality'
- Benefit: Traditionally known for its calming properties and ability to support the immune system.
- Science: Reishi contains triterpenoids and polysaccharides, studied for their potential to support immune function and offer neuroprotective effects.
Today, science backs what our ancestors always knew: Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps and Rishi Mushrooms are powerhouses of health. Boost your cognitive abilities, energy levels, and overall well-being with nature's smartest mushrooms.
Mushrooms are categorised as macroscopic fungi and are used in the form of extracts or powders possessing a high nutrient profile of proteins, micronutrients and bioactive compounds. Polysaccharides such as beta-glucans and polysaccharide-protein complexes, triterpenes, lectins, and fungal immunomodulatory proteins are the most researched bioactive compounds in mushrooms that exert the many health benefits16.
The mushrooms we have chosen all exert slightly different effects; for instance Lion’s Mane has two unique compounds, erinacines and hericenones. These are low-molecular weight compounds that easily cross the blood–brain barrier and exert neuroprotective and cognitive benefits17.
Cordyceps on the other hand is well known for its chemical cordycepin, which is extensively researched for its anti-inflammatory and anti-fatigue properties, both physically and mentally12.
Reishi is often dubbed the ‘elixir of life’ that promotes wellbeing and longevity. Reishi has numerous polysaccharides, triterpenoids and other beneficial compounds that have immunomodulating and antioxidant properties to help support the immune system. In addition, ganoderic acid found in Reishi helps to protect neurons and improve blood flow to the brain to aid cognitive function and memory12.
However, when it comes to neurological benefits, these mushrooms include adaptogens that help the body adapt to both internal and external stimuli, reducing fatigue, restoring equilibrium and regulating a variety of biological processes15.
Medicinal mushrooms have been credited with a wide range of therapeutic properties including antioxidant, hepatoprotective, anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, cholesterol-lowering and gut-supportive activities as well as protection against atherosclerosis, cardiovascular, chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, and neurodegenerative conditions16. Individual species possess unique compounds that give them a variety of benefits.