Discover the Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms & Supplements

Since the dawn of humanity, people have been consuming mushrooms for the health benefits associated with them. Records note that they were revered by the ancient Greeks and ancient Romans, and they have been a mainstay in traditional Eastern medicine for thousands of years – an impressively long track record. Recently, the effects of medicinal mushrooms have gained more popularity in the mainstream, and people worldwide are noticing the health benefits of mushrooms. At Adaptogen Superfoods™, we provide only the very best medicinal and healing mushrooms packed with essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, polysaccharides, beta glucans, and triterpenes that ensure you’re receiving the most powerful mushrooms for your health.

*The following statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before using this product. Due to the thousands of species of mushrooms available, the efficacy of medicinal mushrooms has not been confirmed by enough research to satisfy the FDA, and the traditional use of medicinal mushrooms does not establish that this product will achieve any claimed results since additional research is necessary. Further studies to confirm the findings of each different species of mushroom’s best use would be ideal since the potency/formulation used in clinical studies varies not only between each study but also between the Ataptogenin™ formulation. Until then, however, we at Adaptogen Superfoods are confident that the Ataptogenin™ formulation has the best quality and ratio of medicinal mushrooms available today.

The Medicinal Mushroom index

Each and every Adaptogen Superfoods product is made of medicinal mushrooms and are under the category of functional food. Through mushroom supplementation we are leading the way to health and wellness.

Below, you'll find our ever-expanding index of medicinal mushroom descriptions, current uses and benefits to your health. All different types of medicinal mushrooms have varying nutritional profiles due to their different compositions. You can find combinations of each of these powerhouse healing mushrooms right in our very own Adaptogenic Supplements online store. This index showcases a small handful of the most commonly used medicinal mushroom supplements and some scientific studies that support them. Mushroom health benefits have been appearing on the radar of scientists and health care providers everywhere as they start to find more information on how medicinal mushrooms can be a vital part of promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Chaga (Kabanoanatake) – Scientific Name: Inonotus Obliquus

Chaga medicinal mushrooms are known to grow in the forests of Eastern Europe and Russia on birch, alder and spruce trees. It is not technically a mushroom but more of a mass of mycelia known to be incredibly rich in various antioxidants. Traditionally, Chaga’s mushroom benefits were ingested by being infused into tea. Chaga medicinal mushroom supplements may provide benefits related to:

•Relieving stress

•Boosting energy levels

•Promoting anti-cancer properties

•Reducing the symptoms of viral infection

•Alleviating inflammation

•Reducing the symptoms of psoriasis

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Cordyceps (Tochukaso) – Scientific Name: Ophiocordyceps Sinensis

Cordyceps medicinal mushrooms are sometimes referred to as the “caterpillar mushrooms” because of their appearance. What makes Cordyceps unique to other species of medicinal mushrooms is how they grow in the wild. They will typically take an insect host rather than a plant to grow parasitically. With over 700 species of cordyceps known, this powerhouse medicinal mushroom is known to contain a large number of nucleoside analogs – a rich source of antiviral agents. The health benefits of Cordyceps mushrooms may include properties to assist in:

•Alleviating the effects of aging

•Reducing the causes of cancer

•Increasing energy levels

•Increasing sexual function

•Supporting lung, liver and kidney function

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Reishi (Mannentake) – Scientific Name: Ganoderma Lucidum

In Japanese, mannentake means “10,000-year mushroom.” Reishi are among some of the most famous medicinal mushroom supplements because of the benefits associated with them. Reishi mushrooms contain a combination of a high polysaccharide content and triterpenoid compounds which are great for human health and nutritional value. Reishi mushroom benefits include their:

•Anti-cancer properties

•Anti-aging properties

•Anti-inflammatory properties

•Antioxidant properties

•Anti-microbial properties

•Allergy-reducing effects

•Insomnia support

•Cardiovascular support

•Properties to help reduce the symptoms of nausea often associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments

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Turkey Tail (Kawaratake) – Scientific Name: Trametes Versicolor

Turkey Tail has also been called “the mushroom of several colors,” describing its colorful appearance. Turkey tail medicinal mushrooms contain very high levels of polysaccharide-K, which has been shown to be so effective, it is an approved anticancer prescription drug in Japan. Turkey Tail medicinal mushrooms may:

•Assist in supporting health in the fight against cancer

•Provide immune support

•Assist in health when affected with HIV

•Assist in health when affected with herpes

•Help limit the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Lion’s Mane (Yamabushitake) – Scientific Name: Hericium Erinaceus

Lion’s Mane may be one of the most popular and widely known medicinal mushrooms to date. This great-tasting mushroom has been referred to as “the mushroom of the mind” because of its well-known association with supporting brain function. You can take Lion’s Mane medicinal mushrooms for possible benefits in:

•Stimulating cognitive function

•Improving some symptoms for those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease

•Stimulating brain health for those affected by dementia

•Assisting in symptoms related to neuropathy

•Assisting in symptoms related to nerve damage

•Assisting in symptoms related to anxiety/depression

•Assisting in symptoms related to MRSA

•Assisting in symptoms related to menopausal syndrome

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SHOP ADAPTOGEN SUPERFOODS FOR YOUR MEDICINAL MUSHROOM NEEDS

Now that you know the benefits associated with medicinal mushrooms, you can begin to make more informed and educated decisions on what mushrooms you eat and what medicinal mushroom supplements you take. You can add a spoonful of our Adaptogenic mushroom powder to your morning cup of coffee, a favorite recipe or a workout smoothie for a great way to take your health into your own hands. Made with only the highest quality U.S.A.-grown medicinal mushrooms, we ensure our products are the pinnacle of safety and health. View our entire online store today.

Supporting studies

Chaga Supporting Studies

*Antimalarial activity of betulinic acid and derivatives in vitro against Plasmodium falciparum and in vivo in P. berghei-infected mice. de Sá MS, Costa JF, Krettli AU, Zalis MG, Maia GL, Sette IM, Câmara Cde A, Filho JM, Giulietti-Harley AM, Ribeiro Dos Santos R, Soares MB. Parasitol Res. 2009;105(1): 275-9
*Aqueous extract from a Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (higher Basidiomycetes), prevents herpes simplex virus entry through inhibition of viral-induced membrane fusion. Pan HH et al. Int J Med Mushr. 2013;15(1):29-38.
*In vitro antitumor activity and structure characterization of ethanol extracts from wild and cultivated Chaga medicinal mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (Pers.:Fr.) Pilát (Aphyllophoro-mycetideae). Sun Y, Yin T, Chen XH, Zhang G, Curtis RB, Lu ZH, Jiang JH. Int J Med Mushr. 2011;13(2):121-30.
*Immunostimulating activity by polysaccharides isolated from fruiting body of Inonotus obliquus. Won DP, Lee JS, Kwon DS, Lee KE, Shin WC, Hong EK. Mol Cells. 2011 Feb;31(2):165-73.
*Anticancer Effects of Fraction Isolated from Fruiting Bodies of Chaga Medicinal Mushroom, Inonotus obliquus (Pers.:Fr.) Pilát (Aphyllophoromycetideae): In Vitro Studies. Lemieszek MK, Langner E, Kaczor J, Kandefer-Szerszen M, Sanecka B, Mazurkiewicz W, Rzeski W. Int J Med Mushr. 2011;13(2):131-143
*Antitumor and immunomodulatory activity of water-soluble polysaccharide from Inonotus obliquus. Fan L, Ding S, Ai L, Deng K. Carbohydr Polym. 2012 Oct 1;90(2):870-4.
*Progress on understanding the anticancer mechanisms of medicinal mushroom: Inonotus obliquus. Song FQ, Liu Y, Kong XS, Chang W, Song G. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2013;14(3): 1571-8.

Cordyceps Supporting Studies

*Antiaging effect of Cordyceps sinensis extract. Ji DB, Ye J, Li CL, Wang YH, Zhao J, Cai SQ. Phytother Res. 2009;23(1):116-22.
*Increased aerobic capacity in healthy elderly humans given a fermentation product of Cordyceps CS-4. Xiao Y, Huang XZ, Chen G, Wang, MB, Zhu, JS, Cooper CB. FACSM Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 1999; 31(5):174.
*Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial and assessment of fermentation product of Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4) in enhancing aerobic capacity and respiratory function of the healthy elderly volunteers. Xiao Y, Huang XZ and Zhu JS. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine. 2004;10,3:187-192.
*Effect of medicinal plant extracts on forced swimming capacity in mice. Jung K, Kim IH, Han D. J Ethnopharmacol. 2004 Jul; 93(1):75-81.
*Effect of Cs-4 (Cordyceps sinensis) on exercise performance in healthy older subjects: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Chen S, Li Z, Krochmal R, Abrazado M, Kim W, Cooper CB. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 May;16(5):585-90.
*In vivo and in vitro stimulatory effects of Cordyceps sinensis on testosterone production in mouse Leydig cells. Life Sci. 2003 Sep 5;73(16):2127-36.
*Improvement of sperm production in subfertile boars by Cordyceps militaris supplement. Am J Chin Med. 2007;35(4): 631-41.
*RNA-directed agent, cordycepin, induces cell death in multiple myeloma cells. Chen LS, Stellrecht CM, Gandhi V. Br J Haematol. 2008 Mar;140(6):682-391. 30. Antitumour activity of Cordycepin in mice. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 31, S51-S53. 2004.
*Cordycepin suppresses TNF-alpha-induced invasion, migration and matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression in human bladder cancer cells. Lee EJ, Kim WJ, Moon SK. Phytother Res. 2010 Jun 17.
*Involvement of autophagy in cordycepin-induced apoptosis in human prostate carcinoma LNCaP cells. Lee HH et al. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2014 Jul;38(1):239-50.
*Cordyceps sinensis Supplementation as Immunonutrition in Alcohol Induced Liver Steatosis-II. Santos C. Mycology News, 2004;1(9):2-3.
*Medicinal value of the caterpillar fungi species of the genus Cordyceps (Fr.) Link (Ascomycetes). A Review. Holliday J, Cleaver M. Int J Med Mushr, 2008;10(3):219–234.

Reishi Supporting Studies

*Anticancer effects of Ganoderma lucidum: a review of scientific evidence. Yuen JW, Gohel MD. Nutr Cancer. 2005; 53(1):11-7.
*Regression of gastric large B-Cell lymphoma accompanied by a florid lymphoma-like T-cell reaction: immunomodulatory effect of Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi) Cheuk W, Chan JK, Nuovo G, Chan MK, Fok M. Int J Surg Pathol. 2007;15(2):180-6.
*Effects of water-soluble Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides on the immune functions of patients with advanced lung cancer. Gao Y et al. J Med Food. 2005;8(2):159-68.
*Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom) for cancer treatment. Jin X, Ruiz Beguerie J, Sze DM, Chan GC. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Jun 13.
*Antitumor activity of the sporoderm-broken germinating spores of Ganoderma lucidum. Liu X, Yuan JP, Chung CK, Chen XJ. Cancer Lett. 2002 Aug 28;182(2):155-61.
*Spore Powder of Ganoderma lucidum Improves Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Endocrine Therapy: A Pilot Clinical Trial. Zhao H, Zhang Q, Zhao L, Huang X, Wang J, Kang X. Evid Based Complement Alt Med. Epub 2011 Dec 10.
*Anti-allergic constituents in the culture medium of Ganoderma lucidum. (I). Inhibitory effect of oleic acid on histamine release. Tasaka K, Akagi M, Miyoshi K, Mio M, Makino T. Inflammation Research. 1988;23(3-4):153-6.
*Anti-allergic constituents in the culture medium of Ganoderma lucidum. (II). The inhibitory effect of cyclooctasulfur on histamine release. Tasaka K, Mio M, Izushi K, Akagi M, Makino T. Inflammation Research. 1988;23(3-4):157-60.
*The use of Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) in the management of Histamine-mediated allergic responses. Powell M. Nutritional Practitioner Magazine. October 2004.
*Hepatoprotective effects of mushrooms. Soares AA, de Sá-Nakanishi AB, Bracht A, da Costa SM, Koehnlein EA, de Souza CG, Peralta RM. Molecules. 2013 Jul 1;18(7):7609-30.
*Antagonizing beta-amyloid peptide neurotoxicity of the anti-aging fungus Ganoderma lucidum. Lai CS, Yu MS, Yuen WH, So KF, Zee SY, Chang RC. Brain Res. 2008;1190:215-24.
*A preliminary study on the sleep-improvement function of the effective ingredients of Ganoderma lucidum fruitbody. Jia W, Wu M, Zhang JS, Liu YF. Acta Edulis Fungi. 2005;12(3):43-47.
*Sleep-promoting effects of Ganoderma extracts in rats: comparison between long-term and acute administrations. Honda K, Komoda Y, Inoué S. Tokyo Ika Shika Daigaku Iyo Kizai Kenkyusho Hokoku. 1988;22:77-82.
*Cholesterol-lowering properties of Ganoderma lucidum in vitro, ex-vivo, and in hamsters and minipigs. Berger A et al. Lipids Health Dis. 2004;3:2.
*Ganoderic acid and its derivatives as cholesterol synthesis inhibitors. Komoda Y, Shimizu M, Sonoda Y, Sato Y. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo). 1989;37(2):531-3.

Turkey Tail Supporting Studies

*Anticancer effects and mechanisms of polysaccharide-K (PSK): Implications of cancer immunotherapy. Fisher M, Yang LX. Anticancer Res. 2002;22:1737-1754.
*Trametes versicolor mushroom immune therapy in breast cancer. Standish LJ, Wenner CA, Sweet ES, Bridge C, Nelson A, Martzen M, Novack J, Torkelson C. J Soc Integr Oncol. 2008; 6(3):122-8.
*The use of mushroom glucans and proteoglycans in cancer treatment. Parris K. Alternative Medicine Rev. 2000:5(1).
*Efficacy of Yun Zhi (Coriolus versicolor) on survival in cancer patients: systematic review and meta-analysis. Eliza WL, Fai CK, Chung LP. Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov. 2012 Jan;6(1):78-87.
*PSP in clinical cancer therapy – a review. In: Yang Q, ed. Advanced Research in PSP, 1999. Liu T. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Association for Health Care Ltd; 1999:68-75.
*Postoperative long-term immunochemotherapy for esophageal carcinoma. Okudaira Y, Sugimachi K, Inokuchi K, et al. Jpn J Surg. 1982;12:249-256.
*The clinical use of Coriolus versicolor supplementation in HIV+ patients and the impact on CD4 count and viral load. Pfeiffer M. 3rd International Symposium on Mushroom Nutrition, 2001.
*In vitro inactivation of herpes simplex virus by a biological response modifier, PSK. Monma Y, Kawana T, Shimizu F. Antiviral Res. 1997;35:131-138.

Lion's Mane Supporting Studies

*The anti-Dementia effect of Lion’s Mane mushroom and its clinical application. Kawagishi H, Zhuang C, Shnidman E. Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, 2004.
*Erinacines E, F, and G, stimulators of nerve growth factor (NGF)-synthesis, from the mycelia of Hericium erinaceum. Kawagishi H et al. Tetra Lett. 1996 37(41):7399-402.
*Neurotrophic factors—a tool for therapeutic strategies in neurological, neuropsychiatric and neuroimmunological diseases? Schulte-Herbrüggen O, Braun A, Rochlitzer S, Jockers-Scherübl MC, Hellweg R. Curr Med Chem. 2007;14(22):2318-29.
*The nerve growth factor and the neuroscience chess board. Levi-Montalcini R. Prog. Brain Res. 2004, 146: 525–7.
*Improving effects of the mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on mild cognitive impairment: a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Mori K, Inatomi S, Ouchi K, Azumi Y, Tuchida T. Phytother Res. 2009;23(3):367-72.
*Regeneration of primary sensory neurons. Donnerer J. Pharmacology. 2003;67(4):169-81.
*Nerve growth factor and diabetic neuropathy. Pittenger G, Vinik A. Exp Diabesity Res. 2003;4(4):271-85.
*Neurotrophic Properties of the Lion’s Mane Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) from Malaysia. Lai PL et al. Int J Med Mushr. 2013;15(6):539-554
*Reduction of depression and anxiety by 4 weeks Hericium erinaceus intake. Nagano M, Shimizu K, Kondo R, Hayashi C, Sato D, Kitagawa K, Ohnuki K. Biomed Res. 2010 Aug;31(4):231-7.
*Neurotropic and trophic action of Lion’s Mane mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) extracts on nerve cells in vitro. Moldavan MG, Grygansky AP, Kolotushkina OV, Kirchhoff B, Skibo GG, Pedarzani P. Int J Med Mush. 2007;9(1).

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before using this product. Due to the thousands of species of mushrooms available, the efficacy of medicinal mushrooms has not been confirmed by enough research to satisfy the FDA, and the traditional use of medicinal mushrooms does not establish that this product will achieve any claimed results since additional research is necessary. Further studies to confirm the findings of each different species of mushroom’s best use would be ideal since the potency/formulation used in clinical studies varies not only between each study but also between specific Feel the Day™ formulations. Until then, however, we at Adaptogen Superfoods are confident that the Feel the Day™ formulations hve the best quality and ratio of medicinal mushrooms available today.