We loved Dr Andrew Huberman’s podcast with Joe Rogan recently, where they went into an in-depth discussion on nootropics. Nootropics are also known as ‘cognitive enhancers.‘ They are supplements or drugs that help improve memory, increase mental alertness and concentration, and boost energy levels and wakefulness. Dr Huberman used the phrase ‘alert but calm’ to describe the optimal state associated with supplements designed to boost cognitive function and energy. For those wondering how to get more energy throughout the day without the jitters, numerous studies have shown that Cordyceps Mushroom might just be your ticket.
Quick Fix Society
As a society, we’re conditioned to reach for the quick fix. The first thing most people do after waking up is a cup of coffee. Then, when their energy wanes throughout the day, they top it up with more caffeine. Whether it’s more coffee or a sugary sports drink, the effect is usually short-lasting, comes with the associated jitters and can also trash your sleep at night.
Now we have no problem with coffee; in moderation, it’s a powerful nootropic. We also love dropping our extracts into a cup of bulletproof. But caffeine is also very addictive (think of the headache you get when going without it) and can have long-term degenerative effects. Studies have shown, medicinal mushrooms extracts, especially Cordyceps, are a more sustainable, natural and healthy way to help you get more energy throughout the day.
The Flow State
According to Wikipedia, “a flow state, also known as ‘being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.”
This is the kind of energy we want to achieve instead of the jittery, short-term sensation that comes with a crash. Cordyceps mushroom extract is a slow-release energy source that promotes a state of flow lasting anywhere from four to six hours.
Sustainable, healthy energy.
Our Cordyceps Mushroom extract promotes this state of flow through various pathways. The main one being increased ATP production and tri-phosphate. ATP is the source of energy and storage at the cellular level. Combine this with Cordyceps mushroom extracts ability to stimulate mitochondrial production and increase oxygen uptake. You’ll see why it’s a more natural and sustainable way to increase your energy throughout the day. It’s also a fantastic pre-workout supplement, now being used by everyone from UFC fighters to surfers.
Other health benefits of Cordyceps Mushroom Extract.
The other good news with medicinal mushrooms, especially Cordyceps extract, is that it comes with a myriad of other health benefits. So, not only do you get that four to six-hour, ‘alert but calm’ flow state, it also has the added side-effects of inhibiting inflammatory pathways so slow-growing bacteria can’t attack and disrupts the DNA of pathogens. Studies have also shown Cordyceps to be anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and responsible for cellular repair. Who would have thought that little medicinal mushroom, great for up-regulating energy would also have all those added health advantages!
Be careful where you buy your shrooms.
99% of medicinal mushrooms powders, especially Cordyceps, come from China. In most cases, they are subjected to a high level of environmental pollution, toxins, pesticides and insecticides. Not to mention the fact you’re getting ripped off. The average price for a kilo of medicinal mushrooms off Ali Baba is thirty dollars. Most companies then repackage and sell them for $500+ a kilo. That powder is then poorly absorbed by your system. So you’re not getting a lot of health benefits from consuming Chinese mushrooms.
Australian Medicinal Mushrooms
We grow most of our medicinal mushrooms in the pristine hinterland of Byron Bay, Australia. Now Cordyceps is a smaller mushroom, and due to high levels of demand, so we also supplement with Certified organic Cordyceps sourced from the USA. They’ve been tested for heavy metals, pesticides and beta-glucans, so you can be assured they’re the highest quality possible.
As we strive to make the highest-quality product possible, regular powder just doesn’t do it for us. That’s why our Cordyceps go through a month-long, dual-extraction process. This results in the highest level of bioavailability possible. Most other mushroom companies extract for approximately an hour, so we’re confident it’s one of the best products on the market.
You can buy our Cordyceps Mushroom extract from shroomunity.com. And, with all our products, it comes with a no questions asked money-back guarantee.
You’ve probably heard the term ‘Antioxidants’ numerous times. But what are Antioxidants, and how do they affect the quality of our Health?
Antioxidants help our body fight against ‘Free Radicals.’ Free radicals are unstable molecules resulting from toxins, environmental pollutions, and stress, to name a few. As we age, free radicals begin to build and become responsible for all sorts of nasties like disease, premature ageing and autoimmune disorders.
The worst part about free radicals is they start to affect our mitochondrial function. This is the ‘energy’ created within our cells. So not only can free radicals shorten our lifespan, but they also affect our overall energy levels as our cells begin to weaken with age.
Our modern lifestyle contributes to the buildup of free radicals. Processed food, alcohol, smoke, mobile phone radiation, excess sugar and stress are all contributors. The deterioration in soil quality, overuse of insecticides and pesticides make it hard to find food sources with high levels of Antioxidants.
This deterioration in modern food production standards means we need to supplement to offset the buildup of free radicals in our system. Enter antioxidants and the positive impact they can affect our quality of Health. You can find them in most fresh foods. But let’s face it, these days, with poor production standards, you’ve got to eat a truckload of them to have any impact.
To show how this is the case, let’s compare Chaga to blueberries. The Chaga mushroom has one of the highest ORAC scores of any food— 31 times higher than blueberries! The definition of ORAC is: “oxygen radical absorbent capacity.” It measures how much antioxidant activity is contained within certain foods. The higher the score, the more likely food can fight free radicals and help offset oxidative stress.
Among other medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens we use in our extracts, Chaga mushroom is the most potent source of Antioxidants. It can significantly help affect the quality of your Health by helping fight those nasty free radicals. Chaga is also known as the ‘OG, king of mushrooms, and for good reason: It is one of the most antioxidant-rich, nutrient-dense superfoods on the planet. Studies have shown that supplementing with Chaga mushroom extract can significantly reduce the presence of free radicals in the body. Combine this with a host of other benefits, including immune-boosting, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory activities. This is mainly due to the medicinal properties found in Chaga mushrooms, including beta-glucans, antioxidants, melanin, triterpenes and polyphenols.
Chaga mushrooms are not native to Australia and can take up to thirty years to grow on Birch trees. Chaga thrives in cold environments, which is why it’s mainly found throughout North America, Canada and Siberia. We are meticulous in sourcing our Chaga, ensuring it’s of the highest quality, organic and free from any heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides. Obviously, nature grows the best possible product, which is why we chose wild-foraged Chaga mushroom from Canada for our tinctures. We then subject it to a month-long dual-extraction process resulting in the most bioavailable product on the market. We’re convinced our process results in the highest possible level of antioxidants possible, resulting in a positive effect on your overall health.
You can buy our dual-extracted medicinal Chaga mushrooms from shroomunity.com. It’s available as pure Chaga or an addition to a few of our’ Shroomstacks.’ A synergistic blend of medicinal mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs.,
Antioxidants are tiny molecules that fight free radicals throughout your body. To explain why antioxidants are important to your health, we need to explain what free radicals are and why they can have a negative impact on our overall health.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals aren’t all bad; just like gut bacteria, we need a certain amount to help our immune cells fight off infections. Like most aspects of ageing, though, the problem with free radicals is they build up as we get older. Once the presence of free radicals is more significant than our level of antioxidants, our levels of oxidative stress begin to rise. Studies have shown that oxidative stress is the number one precursor to ageing, DNA damage, disease and even cell death.
Our modern lifestyle is a significant contributor to the buildup of free radicals. These include air pollution, alcohol intake, excessive toxins and elevated blood sugar levels. The good news is, a diet rich in antioxidants can help to offset this buildup of free radicals, which is why they are so important to your health.
Antioxidants are found in a broad spectrum of foods; notably, they are the most prominent in fruits and vegetables. The problem is the state of the soil our foods are grown in; the excessive use of pesticides and insecticides means that the antioxidant levels in fresh food are much lower than we typically need. Combine this with a modern diet consisting mainly of processed foods, and it’s no wonder people run into trouble. They just aren’t getting the right level of antioxidants that are so important to our health. Many people freak out with this realisation; the good news is though there are plenty of compounds you can supplement to help your body combat free radicals. These include adaptogenic herbs and most medicinal mushrooms.
Adaptogenic Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms
We started Shroomunity as an Australian medicinal mushroom company. However, in our quest to make the most potent extracts on the planet. Considering the plethora of studies, plus our own biohacking experience with adaptogenic herbs, we didn’t want to box ourselves in by using purely medicinal mushroom extracts. There are many synergistic benefits from combing these shrooms with adaptogenic herbs, further boosting the antioxidant levels in each of our ‘Shroomstacks,’ ultimately bringing the best possible product to you.
So we use a bunch. Here’s just a few of them:
Elderberry: High in antioxidants, including vitamin C, perfect for maintaining a healthy immune system.
American Ginseng: One of the more common adaptogens on the market, and for a good reason. It has many anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Licorice Root: Full of antioxidants and great for boosting your T cells, helpful for a healthy immune system.
Reishi Mushroom: One of the most researched mushrooms as it’s been used in eastern medicine for thousands of years. Reishi has been shown effective as a calming agent which extends as far as helping you sleep. It’s also known for its anti-cancer, immune-boosting qualities.
Schizandra Berries: We use Schizandra berries as part of our proprietary month-long mushrooms extraction process. Packed full of antioxidants, Schizandra helps protect the liver against toxins, is helpful for respiratory issues and is also a nootropic- it’s been shown to help with memory,
Pine Pollen: One of our favourite adaptogens and great for both men and women. Pine pollen has a range of benefits, including regulation of testosterone and oestrogen, immune-boosting and muscle-boosting benefits.
Rhodiola: Another unique compound, one of our favourites. We love Rhodiola because it packs a massive antioxidant punch, plus having the added benefit of being a nootropic. We add Rhodiola to our stacks used before exercise or anything requiring above-average brainpower.
This medicinal mushroom superfood deserves its own sub-heading. According to studies, our Chaga mushroom extract is one of the most antioxidant-rich superfoods on the planet. Science has shown that the anti-inflammatory terpenes, antioxidants, and immune-boosting polysaccharides contained in our Chaga mushroom extract can be beneficial for health ailments like leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammation caused by autoimmune disorders. With such an array of medicinal properties, it’s no wonder Chaga is known as the ‘OG, King of mushrooms.’
All of our adaptogenic herbs are certified organic and free from any pesticides, insecticides and heavy metals. Our medicinal mushrooms are grown in the pristine hinterland of Byron Bay, Australia. We aim to make the highest quality, most potent bioavailable product on the planet, which is why all of our ‘stacks’ undergo a month-long dual extraction process before arriving to you in the little black bottle of tincture extract. Perfect for opposing under your tongue or adding to your favourite beverage.
One of our mission statements at Shroomunity is Natural Human Optimisation. Every medicinal mushroom extract or adaptogen we use in our products comes from an evidence-based approach, backed by studies and tested on ourselves. That’s why we couldn’t go past Pine Pollen as an essential inclusion in some of our offerings, including our latest launch: ‘Limitless Mushroom extract.’ When combined with mushroom extracts, pine pollen provides some powerful benefits.
But isn’t pine pollen mainly for dudes?
We get this question all the time, and it’s mainly due to Pine Pollens ability to enhance testosterone production and balance estrogen production. But this is only a tiny part of a wide range of benefits associated with Pine Pollen. Let’s dig in.
What is Pine Pollen?
Pine Pollen is precisely what it implies- the pollen from a mature pine tree. We wild-forage our Pine Pollen from the south coast of Australia before it spends a month dual-extracting to bring you the most potent, bioavailable extract possible.
Pine Pollen has been used in Chinese Medicine for centuries, both as an anti-aging tonic and vitality booster. But its benefits extend way beyond that……
The Benefits of Pine Pollen.
Pine Pollen contains over 200 bio-available nutrients including, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and natural phyto-androgen hormones, including DHEA and Testosterone. In addition, unlike most synthetic sports supplements, it is highly bioavailable, digestible and easily absorbed.
These synergistic benefits are enhanced when combined with medicinal mushroom extracts like Cordyceps and Lion’s mane. That’s why we include Pine Pollen in our extracts used to up-regulate our physiology like our Limitless and Performance stacks. Both are great as a natural pre-workout supplement, especially when combined with cordyceps mushroom extract. It’s potent and powerful, which is why we would like to see as many humans as a possible substitute the sugary, caffeinated and chemically-laden pre-workout drinks!
But you also use Pine Pollen in your Chill and Glow stack. What’s with that?
As we mentioned earlier, the benefits of pine pollen aren’t just relegated to the world of exercise and are enhanced when combined with mushroom extracts.
Pine Pollen contains powerful anti-aging hormones which can help support optimal levels of critical hormones. These natural hormones found in Pine Pollen have been shown to promote lean muscle, a youthful skin tone, and pain-free joints. They also have been shown to regulate and balance the estrogen and testosterone ratio that ultimately maximizes health, longevity and well-being.
These hormones may also help balance the estrogen/testosterone ratio, which is key to maximizing health, longevity and well-being. The result? Less mood swings thanks to the compounds L Dopa and phytoandrogens commonly found in Pine Pollen.
These compounds also contribute to overall brain health. Pine Pollen is also a natural source of phenylalanine, which helps stimulate the production of various neurotransmitters in the brain. For example, phenylalanine stimulates dopamine levels in the brain, further assisting in regulating mood and giving that overall wellness feeling. Especially when it’s helping your brain fire on all cylinders.
We are big proponents of enhancing brain health. This is why we combine Pine Pollen with our cordyceps, lions mane alongside other medicinal mushroom and adaptogenic extracts to ensure the associated benefits are synergistically maximized.
Alongside the 200 macronutrients contained in Pine Pollen, it’s also a complete protein that boasts 19 different amino acids, perfect for promoting and maintaining lean muscle growth. So, if you’re worried about not getting enough protein from a plant-based diet, look no further than natural, ethically sourced, wild-foraged pine pollen. Pine Pollen by itself is impressive. But the benefits of Pine Pollen combined with medicinal mushrooms and other powerful adaptogens is insane! Try one of our stacks and see for yourself. Mush Love
Flashback to around ten years ago. One of our founders was living in California and had just watched the movie ‘Limitless.’ As a financial markets trader, he always looked for something to give him a cognitive edge while trading during the day. Trading is a competitive game where you’re pitted against some of the brightest minds on the planet. Yes, his colleagues would take illegal and pharmaceutical products like Adderall to boost their brain function, but this didn’t make any sense to someone who had seen so many people burn out over the years from their nasty side effects.
Enter Lions Mane mushrooms. The effect on his cognition was fast and noticeable. His ability to concentrate and think clearly was enhanced. How could a natural product so powerful be legal? Surely, there had to be some side effects? Is Lions Mane Addictive?
What is Lions Mane?
Lion’s Mane mushrooms are one of the more famous members of the medicinal mushrooms family. Also known as Hou Tou Gu or Yamabushitake, they take on a white, hairy appearance that looks like a lion’s mane.
The fantastic fungi have been used from a culinary and medicinal perspective in the East for thousands of years. Now the western world is waking up to the power of Lions Mane medicinal mushroom extracts.
What does Lions Mane do?
Studies have shown that the bioactive compounds from Lions Mane mushroom extract can have beneficial effects on the brain, heart and gut.
Probably the most appealing aspect of lions mane mushrooms is their ability to enhance cognitive function. This is mainly from its ability to promote Nerve Growth Factor or NGF. Through the remyelination of nerve sheaths, this process ultimately results in a faster synaptic impulse sent through the brain and giving that feeling similar to a brain boost.
Considering most other products promoting this cognitive improvement are illicit or made by pharmaceutical companies and contain many nasty side effects, it’s only natural to ask whether Lions Mane have similar side effects. Is Lions Mane addictive? Is Lions Mane legal?
There good news answers to all of these questions. Studies have shown that Lions Mane Mushrooms are not addictive in any way. Even at very high doses, there have been no reported cases of any damaging side effects associated with Lions Mane mushroom extract, that is, of course, unless you are allergic to Lions Mane. Those who are sensitive or allergic to mushrooms, in general, have reported side effects such as skin rashes and bathing difficulties. So common sense dictates checking with a health care professional before using.
The best Lions Mane Mushroom extract on the market
Now that you know Lions Mane has little to no side effects, is not addictive and is entirely legal, where do you find the best product, and how do you know what you’re getting?
At Shroomunity, we take our medicinal mushroom extracts seriously. Our company was in part started due to all the low quality, expensive mushroom powder coming out of China. We wanted to make the best Lions Mane mushroom extract possible. So we started growing our own in the pristine Byron Bay Hinterland without the use of any sprays or chemicals. After harvesting, we then dry the Lions Mane mushroom, which takes them down to around only ten per cent of their pre-harvest bodyweight. (Which is why you should never buy lions mane extract made from fresh mushrooms, it’s mostly water!). It’s then pulverised and soaked in alcohol for for-six weeks. This pulls out the medicinal compounds known as terpenes and triterpenoids. We then take the dried Lions Mane and simmer in water for 3-4 hours. This pulls out beta-glucans and polysaccharides. The final step is to join the alcohol and water together, forming a ‘dual extract.’ Studies have shown this is the most bioavailable way to consume your medicinal mushrooms. Especially since the application method is sub-lingual. The receptors under your tongue open up when in contact with alcohol, so the medicinal properties head straight into your bloodstream.
You can buy our Lions Mane medicinal mushroom extract from shroomunity.com. We stand by our claim you’ll be receiving the highest grade, most potent product on the market or your money back.
Our brains account for around 2% of our total body weight but are responsible for using up to 20% of our total energy. If there’s an organ that’s worth looking after, it’s your brain! Our modern lifestyles aren’t overly conducive to a healthy brain, which is why more humans are beginning to realise how beneficial medicinal mushroom extracts are for their brain health.
Over ten thousand studies are showing the benefits of medicinal mushrooms. Many of these studies are associated with the positive effects medicinal mushrooms extracts have on brain health. Whether it’s protecting against neurodegeneration, Alzheimers or dementia, there’s increasing evidence that incorporating mushrooms such as cordyceps, lions mane and Reishi could significantly offset these undesirable effects of ageing.
Cordyceps Mushroom Extract
Cordyceps mushrooms contain many powerful agents beneficial for brain health. The bulk of these benefits come through their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These protect against neuronal cell death and memory loss, which is why many studies are now associated with cordyceps ability to ward off brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Widely known for their ability to increase athletic performance through ATP production, cordyceps mushrooms are now quickly becoming recognised for their capacity for life extension, cellular repair, increased oxygen uptake and stimulation of the mitochondrial output.
All these lead to enhanced brain health. You can buy our organic, USA grown, dual-extracted cordyceps here: https://shroomunity.com/product/cordyceps/. To take the guess work out of it form you, we also include it in many of our stacks designed to up regulate your cognitive function and physiology.
Lions Mane Mushroom Extract
Known for its ability to enhance cognition, Lions Mane is another mushroom extract beneficial for brain health. As we get older, our nerves and axons start to slow down, and we cannot conduct an impulse as quickly as when we were younger.
This marks the start of mild cognitive impairment, leading to brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s. This is where Lions Mane comes in. The compounds hericenones and erinacines are contained in our Lions Mane mushroom extract. Hericenones are responsible for your brain’s production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which is why studies have shown that Lions Mane mushroom extract can stimulate NGF. This remyelination of nerve sheaths stimulates cognitive function, produces brain-derived nootropic factor and reduces Neuroinflammation. Erinacines can help cross the blood/brain barrier to boost your brain’s production of neurons and help promote neurogenesis. Ultimately, all of these positive effects are responsible for promoting and enhancing brain health and neural growth. Our Lions Mane Mushroom is grown in the beautiful, unpolluted hinterland of Byron bay. Then dual-extracted over the course of six weeks. We also include it in many of our brain and body boosting stacks.
Reishi Mushroom Extract
Reishi mushroom is fast becoming known as a ”powerful brain tonic.” Studies have shown that Reishi is used in the east for centuries to enhance mood, focus, and support concentration. The polysaccharides we pull out during our unique, month-long dual-extraction process have been shown to maintain specific brain functions such as cognition and mood enhancement. This 2017 study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5233449/ showed the positive effect of polysaccharides from Reishi mushroom extract had on a control group of mice. This ultimately enhanced brain health and warded off neurodegenerative diseases. Our Reishi is either wild-foraged or grown on our little farm int he hills of Byron Bay.
Overall Brain Health
One of our main motivations for starting Shroomunity was to create natural mushroom, and herb nootropic extracts beneficial for brain health. Our Neuro stack contains all the potent precursors to help promote neurogenesis, including Lions Mane, Cordyceps, Yerba Mate, Rhodiola and Mucuna Pruriens. As we grow most of our mushrooms in the pristine environment of Byron Bay, Australia. You can be sure you’re getting the most potent extracts to keep those brain synapses firing at full tilt. You’ll also find our ”Limitless” stack contains similar ingredients designed to enhance cognition and the brain/body connection. Both of these stacks are best taken in the morning.
Reishi is also known as a calming agent, so we include it in our stacks designed for afternoon, evening and pre-sleep usage. So, you can be sure that between morning and afternoon doses, we’ve got your brain health covered.