Sure, in a practical sense, all mushrooms are functional. They’re food. But the phrase “functional mushrooms” refers to varieties that, beyond their nutritional benefits, have been found to boost energy levels, improve cognitive function, mitigate stress, fight inflammation, support immunity, and (so much) more.
Of the currently known fungi (roughly five million), an estimated 2,000 species are edible or medicinal, and around 15 are recognized to have “functional benefits''. These mushrooms are loaded with polyphenols, polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and antioxidants. These compounds, together and separately, ultimately help to bring your body back into homeostasis.
Critical for immune system function.
A super antioxidant unique to mushrooms.
Supports immune and bone health.
Supports a healthy gut.
Supports a healthy gut.
Facilitates bioavailability of minerals.
Supports energy & performance.
Supports healthy energy production.
The beautiful Lion’s Mane mushroom contains erinacines and hericenones, compounds which stimulate the synthesis of nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein responsible for the growth and survival of neurons (brain cells). This has been linked to better cognitive performance in humans and has been shown to help protect against Alzheimer’s in mice.
Lion’s Mane has a reputation for:
· supporting brain health and Improving cognitive function
· reducing mild symptoms of anxiety and depression
· protecting against chronic inflammation
Cordyceps Militaris is known to improve vitality and endurance naturally by supporting respiration, oxygen delivery and ATP synthesis. New research related to general vitality in senior populations has recently given this mushroom broad appeal. Cordyceps is also known for its ability to increase circulation and enhance male sexual performance.
Cordyceps is known for:
· improving athletic performance
· fighting fatigue and lethargy
· reducing inflammation
· enhancing respiratory function
For millenia humans have consumed mushrooms for therapeutic or medicinal purposes. The Greek physician Hippocrates, circa 450 BCE, classified the amadou mushroom as a potent anti- tinflammatory and wound congealer. The alchemist Tao Hongjing, from the 5th century, used several mushrooms in medicinal tonics. Ötzi, the Ice Man, who lived nearly 5300 years ago, carried amadou and a birch polypore to help him survive the Alps of northern Italy. Indigenous Americans used puffball mushrooms to heal wounds. (“Medicinal Mushrooms: Ancient Remedies Meet Modern Science”, Paul Stamets).
Today, we are engaged in a rapidly emerging scientific revolution in medicinal mushrooms. In modern sciences, understanding the role of mushrooms and their mycelia in ecosystems empowers their use in naturopathic medicine in ways that bolster conventional medical practices.
Our supplier – M2 INGREDIENTS – is a leading producer of certified organic, whole food mushroom powders containing the full spectrum of bioactive compounds. Their mushrooms are grown, dried, milled and packaged in a cGMP certified state-of-the-art farm in Carlsbad, California. They preserve nutritional integrity and bioactivity by maintaining complete control throughout the grow process at this USDA certified, indoor farm.
As part of the quality-control process, they conduct DNA testing on each batch of mushroom powders to confirm identity and integrity so that our customers can have the utmost confidence in the quality of M2 Ingredients’ finished products.
Sustainability is everything to us, which is why we use compostable materials like mushroom mycelium and hemp hurds to box our bars.
We’ve partnered with Mushroom Packaging, who grow our packaging inserts from mushroom mycelium and hemp in just 7 days. When done with your box, break it into a few pieces, add to soil, and in 45 days it will be fully composted.
Mushroom Packaging is the PERFECT alternative to styrofoam. Styrofoam is a single-use product that continues to fill our landfills and waterways, eventually making its way to the ocean, where microscopic particles are accumulated in the environment, and eventually in our food systems (it is estimated that 3 million tons of foam are produced each year in the U.S. and 2.3 million tons of foam end up in landfills each year). This sustainable packaging made from mycelium is 100% biodegradable as well as marine-degradable!