An Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms

An Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms

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This episode is a "101" introduction towards Medicinal Mushrooms. While not quite as "magic" as their Hallucinogenic Mushroom Neighbours, these mushrooms are indeed quite special, and well worth the discussion...


Come and find out the truly "magical" properties of these Medicinal Mushrooms! 🍄

Chaga: The King of Medicinal Mushrooms

Chaga, scientifically known as "Inonotus obliquus", is a mushroom that grows on birch trees in cold climates. It has been used for centuries in Siberian and Scandinavian folk medicine. Chaga is rich in antioxidants and has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. It is often consumed as a tea or in supplement form.

In a 2015 study carried out by the University of Belgrade, Chaga had been proven to present a "broader anti-inefectious" disease protection than initially anticipated. There is great promise in Chaga being used worldwide for Cancer treatment, as well as anti-microbial disease protection.

Lion's Mane: The Brain Booster

 Lion's Mane, or Hericium erinaceus, is a mushroom with a unique appearance resembling a lion's mane. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to support brain health and cognitive function.


Lion's Mane anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and immunostimulant properties translate into benefits experienced as an "anti-biotic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-fatigue, anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperlipodemic, anti-senescence, cardio-protective, hepa-protective, nephro-protective, as well as neuro-protective, aiding in anxiety, depression and cognitive function".

Cordyceps: The Energy Enhancer

Cordyceps, scientifically known as Cordyceps sinensis, is a fungus that grows on caterpillar larvae in the Himalayan region. It has long been used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine to improve energy, stamina, and athletic performance.

Cordyceps is believed to enhance oxygen utilization and increase ATP production in the body. A 2005 study by the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology concluded that Cordyceps is an effective medicine for anti-diabetes, anti-pathogenic, anti-tumour, immunodulatory, anti-oxidative and anti-ageing activity! 

Turkey Tail: The Immune Supporter

Turkey Tail, or Trametes versicolor, is a common mushroom found in forests around the world. It gets its name from its colourful, fan-shaped appearance resembling a turkey's tail. Turkey Tail is rich in polysaccharides, which have immune-modulating properties. 

Turkey Tail has been studied for it's abilities in Pain Relief, Heart-Health, Liver-support, as well as Anti-viral, Anti-bacterial, and Anti-fungal support within the body. Perhaps most importantly, the Polysaccharide Krestin (PSK) found in the Mycellum of Turkey Tail has shown great promise in both Cancer prevention, as well as Cancer treatment (approved for anti-cancer treatment in Japan from 1977).

Reishi: The Mushroom of Immortality

Reishi, originating from China, is often known as "Lingzhi". In Chinese, the name lingzhi represents a combination of spiritual potency and essence of immortality, and is regarded as the “herb of spiritual potency,” symbolizing success, well-being, divine power, and longevity 

Reishi is believed to support immune function, reduce inflammation, and promote overall well-being. It is available in various forms, including capsules, powders, and extracts.

While human-based experimental research is at early days, the current repertoire of studies indicate promise in Reishi's abilities towards anti-cancer, blood-glucose regulation, protection towards Liver and Kidney function, as well as anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. 

Ok, so medicinal mushrooms are great... Now what?! 




With this introduction, we hope you now have a slightly better idea on just how "magical" some of these Medicinal Mushrooms can be! 

We provide the entire range of Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Reishi, Lions Mane and Chaga. Whether you'd prefer to have your dose as a part of your supplement stack, or blended into your preferred beverage, we offer these mushrooms in either capsule, or powdered format. 

If you're struggling to decide which mushroom to start out with, we also offer an "Ultimate Blend", containing equal doses of all five mushrooms! 


Check out our Medicinal Mushroom range here!

If you're left now with a little bit of information overload, do not fear! The Captain Pure team are on site! We're available 24/7, happy to answer any questions you may have. 


While these medicinal mushrooms offer a range of potential health benefits, it's important to note that they are not a substitute for medical treatment. If you have any health concerns or are considering incorporating medicinal mushrooms into your routine, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional.

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