Mushrooms are nature’s original and most studied superfood. About 40% of Western medicines today, including penicillin, are derived from mushrooms.
Functional mushrooms are adaptogens, which help the body adapt to stress and provide support where it’s lacking, acting like a thermostat; calming you down or boosting you up, depending on what your body needs.
All functional mushrooms contain beta glucans, which provide powerful immune support among other benefits. Mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Chaga and Reishi have been used by physicians for millennia for their ability to support immunity, cognitive function, restore hormonal balance, tame inflammation, and much more.
Two major points to address here: dosage and beta glucans.
1) We use twice as much extract in our product than the vast majority of those on the market. Each serving contains an impressive 2000mg of functional mushroom extract -- a true and potent dose!
2) Because this powerful kingdom is currently unregulated, a lot of companies are using mycelium and labeling their products “mushroom.” Mycelium is the root structure of the mushroom, not to be confused with the fruiting body -- which is the actual mushroom you see above ground. The highest concentration of beta glucans is in the fruiting body, not the mycelium! So, not only is it misleading, this cheap product is not delivering the good stuff. In fact, in most cases, mycelium is grown on grain or rice (think Tempeh) and then all ground up together and sold to you as a “mushroom” product.
These are not the “trippy” kind, you’re thinking of psilocybin. We use functional or “medicinal” mushrooms.
We recommend starting with one latte a day and then increasing once you get a feel for it. Once you are comfortable with how you’re feeling you can increase to meet your needs. And you don’t have to stick with just one type of mushroom at a time -- you can mix and match!
We recommend you consult your healthcare provider before consuming any earth & star products. It’s especially important to use caution and listen to your body when consuming any natural herbs or supplements during pregnancy/nursing.
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Adaptogens are classified as herbs, minerals and mushrooms that help protect the body from stress. In addition, functional mushrooms not only increase immunity but act as immunoregulators. This means that they calm an overactive immune system when stressed and increase its activity when sluggish.
Adaptogens must meet certain criteria including being relatively non-toxic, working through the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary/adrenal axis) and SAS (sympathoadrenal system), and regulating organs and system functions.
These intelligent compounds work on a cellular level, increasing our cells’ ability to respond to stress.
The caffeine content in our Dark Roast and Hazelnut depends on how long you brew it, but it's approximately 120mg per serving. Decaf is not actually zero (there is no such thing as 100% caffeine-free coffee), but it's generally around 7mg per serving.
We use the good stuff -- 100% organic coconut palm sugar and monkfruit.
Beta glucans are fibers found in the cells of certain types of mushrooms. There are about 300-400 species of mushrooms that have been identified with having medicinal properties. Beta glucans help our immune system work at its peak performance. In addition to boosting and regulating our immune system, each mushroom contains its own special beta glucan, each enhancing the immune system in a slightly different way. Some have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and cardio-protective properties.
It’s important to note here that you should make sure when ingesting any mushroom product that it is made using the fruiting body (the actual mushroom that you see above ground) and not the cheap mycelium (the root structure of the mushroom), which does not contain adequate amounts of beta glucans, and cannot technically be called a mushroom.
Any time you like! Have a Coffee latte with Chaga in the morning to get that brain firing, a Mocha latte with Cordyceps before a workout or a Cacao with Reishi in the evening to relax.
We recommend that you speak to your child’s pediatrician or health care provider before giving them any earth & star products.
As with any new program, we encourage you to consult your doctor before incorporating mushrooms into your daily regimen.
This is a marathon, not a sprint. All adaptogens, from Ashwaghanda to Ginseng to Reishi, require a loading process, which just means that they need to build up in your system before you feel their benefits - this is why it’s important to consume them daily or however regularly you can. So, if anyone suggests that you should feel the effects of adaptogens immediately, you can tell them they are full of Shiitake.
In general, give it a couple weeks to kick in.
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