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Meet Your Mushrooms: All About Our Latest Supplements – Lion’s Mane and Turkey Tail​

Turkey Tail and Lion's Mane Mushroom

Meet Your Mushrooms: All About our Latest Supplements - Lion's Mane and Turkey Tail

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane Mushroom, scientifically known as Hericium erinaceus, earns its unique nickname—the hedgehog mushroom—from its distinctive appearance, resembling the spiky hedgehog creature, or full Lion’s Mane. This edible fungus is not only visually intriguing but also boasts a rich history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine, particularly for its support of brain and neurological health. Indigenous to regions spanning North America, Asia, and Europe, Lion’s Mane typically thrives from late summer through autumn, favoring hardwood habitats, notably American beech trees.

Throughout its life cycle, the Lion’s Mane undergoes various stages of development, akin to other living organisms. Each mushroom component serves distinct functions that contribute to its overall vitality. However, the fruiting bodies garner the most attention and familiarity, emerging from trees or fallen logs to become the visible, above-ground portion. Traditionally foraged and consumed in culinary and supplemental forms, these fruiting bodies hold significant therapeutic potential.


Rich in polysaccharides, particularly beta-glucans, the fruiting bodies of this mushroom have garnered attention for their potential to support immune health and overall wellness, as well as to promote normal, healthy cell growth and turnover. Lion’s Mane is believed to nourish the brain by traversing the blood-brain barrier and directly supporting brain cells, while also aiding in the production of nerve growth factor—an essential protein for nerve cell maintenance and function.

Turkey Tail Murshroom

Turkey Tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor) is indigenous to Europe, Asia, and North America and is commonly referred to as Yun Zhi. This mushroom has a rich history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Native American herbalism for its purported immune-supportive properties. Turkey Tail thrives in various forest environments, particularly mixed hardwood deciduous forests, where it grows in clusters on fallen branches and logs.

 

Throughout its life cycle, the Turkey Tail undergoes multiple stages of development, with the fruiting bodies being the most recognizable and familiar part. These fruiting bodies emerge from trees or fallen logs and are traditionally foraged and consumed in culinary and supplemental forms.

 

The fruiting bodies of Turkey Tail mushrooms contain polysaccharides, notably beta-glucans, which have been extensively studied for their immune-supportive benefits and potential to promote normal, healthy cell growth and turnover. 

 

While Turkey Tail mushroom is widely researched and chosen for its production of beta-glucans, it is important to note potential adverse effects, including gastrointestinal issues, constipation, and flu-like symptoms. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a qualified healthcare professional before incorporating Turkey Tail into your wellness regimen.

Important Precautions

Caution: Not intended for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or are taking pharmaceutical drugs, consult your healthcare provider before using this product.

Disclaimer: The information provided serves as a general reference for educational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. This content does not offer dosage guidance, format recommendations, toxicity thresholds, or potential interactions with prescription medications. Therefore, it is crucial to utilize this information under the direct supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

1. Friedman M. Chemistry, nutrition, and health-promoting properties of Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane) mushroom fruiting bodies and mycelia and their bioactive compounds. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 3015, 63(32), 7108-7123.2. He X, Wang X, Fang J, et al. Structures, biological activities, and industrial applications of the polysaccharides from Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane) mushroom: A review. Int J Biol Macromol. 2017 Apr;97:228-237.3. Mori K, Inatomi S, Ouchi K, Azumi Y, & Tuchida T. Phytother Res. 2009 Mar;23(3):367-72. 4. Nagano M, Shimizu K, Kondo R, et al. Biomed Res. 2010 Aug;31(4):231-7.

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