What we knew, is that the mushroom is neither a plant, nor an animal its a fungus among us!
What we know now is that the mushroom is our closest relative, well if you had a peek down under and looked at the mycelium network you'd be surprised how closely they resemble nerves, cells and the structure sort of like the human brain, upon looking closer you might laugh at how social these little funky beings are, akin to us they all have their unique traits.
Some will heal you, some will kill you, some will send you down a laughing rollercoaster, some will make you delusional and forget your own name, some will cure your anxiety and some might make you expand your consciousness.
With a bunch of new "nootropics" hitting the markets in this fast paced internet fed generation, among the nootropics and all the magical supplements and potions there's also a high rise in the types of mushrooms we come across, no we're not talking about your local button mushrooms or that flavourful porcini however amazing they might be, we're talking about the vast well of medicinal mushrooms that only seems to get deeper. With so many mushrooms out there and such complicated names like Reishi, chaga, Turkey Tail and Lions Mane it only gets so much more confusing. When you look up to the inter-webz you see similar benefits to all these mushrooms. So how do you pick which ones for you?
To help you pick we will breakdown our essential medicinal mushrooms........
Its got a really cool name we know! well it gets its name from the resemblance to the tail of a turkey with its fascinating colours and spring like curl.
Turkey Tail is one of the best ones for cancer and tumor related issues. In peer based research its shown to be a full power warrior in aiding to kill off the harmful cancer cells It contains polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide krestin (PSK), which help our bodies in immobilising cancer cells. Turkey Tail is one of the most immune boosting adaptogens out there. Its also used to Fight UTI's and other infections related to the gut and inner tracts.
Reishi Aka Ganoderma Lingzhi
Highly regarded in traditional Chinese medicine. Don’t believe us? Well if you're brave enough, take a quick peep inside an old Chinese monk's medicine pouch, we are sure you will find some crumbs of dried Reishi mushrooms - well jokes apart, these magical mushrooms have loads of benefits & some of which we love them for are :
- A Boost to the immune system
- Helps deal with arthritis pains
- Antidepressant qualities
- Cancer fighting by increasing white blood cells
- Blood sugar regulator
- fights diabetes
Lions Mane Aka Hericium Erinaceus
The name comes from its resemblance to the mane of a lion - yes that's right, quite majestic and not only in appearance, Lions mane has been used in Chinese medicine for far too long & now the nootropics community has also picked up on its magical benefits to cognitive function.
Ever feel like your day is overloaded and feeling overwhelmed with daily tasks, making you forgetful?
Well, lions mane is here to the rescue!
It's hericenones and erinacines alkaloids stimulate the growth of brain cells and nerve regeneration. This aids in better cognitive function, a boost in memory and overall state of being.
Let us tell you a few more benefits of Lions Mane:
- Protects against Dementia and Alzheimer's
- Mild antidepressant
- Stress reliever
- Nerve and cell repair & regeneration
- boosts sexual health
- boosts the immune system
- May fight cancers
Chaga Aka Inonotus obliquus
Though it might look like a piece of poo, we promise, it’s Good-Shit!
Chaga grows on the bark of birch tree's in cold climates mostly in regions of Northern Europe, Siberia, Russia, Korea, Northern Canada and Alaska. It takes about 5-7 years to fully form.
Chaga produces a woody growth, which looks similar to a clump of burnt charcoal — roughly 10–15 inches in size. However, the inside reveals a soft core with an orange colour somewhat resembling excretia!
Well enough about the details,lets tell you about why we love it so much :
- It treats diabetes and heart disease
- Slows the ageing process
- Fights cancer
- Liver protection
- Full of antioxidants
- Supports Gastrointestinal Health
Beta-D-glucans found in chaga mushrooms helps balance your immune system. This means that they can stimulate your immune system when you need a boost and downregulate it when it is overactive.
So Which One?
We have come to realise that mushrooms work synergistically in combination with each other, the best way to decide which one is for you would be to shortlist what you feel needs the most amount of care and attention in your life, what ailment are you looking for aid with?, which ones suit your profile the best and to short list on 1-3 mushrooms that you feel would best fit your needs.
That being said medicinal mushrooms work as adaptogenic supplements. Every body is made up differently and every body reacts differently. As with any supplement / change in your lifestyle and intake, it comes with trial and error, to try out new ways to be healthier to finally figure what actually works for you. Its best to try out a couple of medicinal mushrooms according to your needs and see what works best for you! At Tibetan Flag Trail we have researched, personally tried over years and experimented with different ways of consumption and have come to love the holy trinity of mushrooms, Reishi, Chaga and Lions Mane. The reason we picked these specific mushrooms to grow and share with the world is a simple outlook. We broke the anatomy of the body down to 3 parts, The inner Body (core) , the functioning exterior body (shell) and the higher body (the mind and soul).
We feel chaga works like the defence for the body strengthening the inner core and keeping it strong from any outside influences.
Reishi being the caretaker for the exterior body and its functioning, keeping it in check and alleviating any pains or discomforts a healthy body also means a healthier core and a healthier mind.
Lions Mane to encapsulate both, to work on keeping the mind healthy, creating new nerve synapses, regenerating dead cells thus keeping the mind happy and a happy mind leads to a happy soul and spirit.
As we have come to learn alot of what we face as "issues" or "ailments" can be psychosomatic, keeping a healthy and happy lifestyle keeps alot of unwanted problems at bay. The three mushrooms help with a healthy lifestyle by keeping the core of the body strong, the physical body feeling good and the mental state calm and serene.
Now that its a little more clear.....
We hope it will be easier for you to choose which medicinal mushrooms would suit you best.
If you'd like to try out any of our medicinal mushrooms head over to our webshop where we've got a bunch of tasty medicinal mushroom treats like sauces, honey, chocolates and for those more straight to the point folks - some mushroom extracts in capsule form.
If you still have any questions/want to have a conversation about mushrooms, need clarifications or just want to let us know something feel free to reach out to us via our website, email, Instagram or Whatsapp. Mush love