Bondarzewia “berkeleyi” Discussion:
We use whole bondarzewia berkeleyi mushroom, freshly-ground to order, as well as in the tincturing process.
With the limited amount of information that you may find with researching this magical mushroom, you may just have to take our word on it! It is an extremely rare find. It is also known as “Wild Maitake”. Its medicinal potential is literally unstudied.
As far as we know, we are the only ones that offer this mushroom. Due to its rarity, we only offer it as standard and lipospheric tinctures. What we can personally attest to is that when our family has a cold, I automatically pull this herb out to brew some lovely tea and our cold seems to leave us rather quickly, normally within a day! It has a taste that we guarantee you will find delicious! To us, the closest food that we can think of to describe the taste is that of a portabello mushroom, which is used in place of steak for vegetarians.
The biggest question we get asked is, “Can I eat mushrooms with candida/fungal issues?” Due to this being a “grey area”, we should do our best to clarify. In our opinion, if mushrooms fed fungus, it would be well-known and not questionable at all. I know that while suffering from candida affecting my central nervous system, mushrooms helped me. Mushrooms contain an abundance of “polysaccharides” and “protein-bound polysaccharides”. Canida feeds on simple sugars, which there is nothing simple about the constituents in mushrooms, as they are complex. As a matter of fact, it is these “protein-bound polysaccharides” that are said to be super-beneficial for fighting candida. Candida and other fungal species that infect the body seem to feed on simple sugars and as it turns out, it may be the complex compounds and macronutrients that specialize in fighting it!
They are immune-stimulating and anything that may help immunity, could be beneficial. Take into consideration the fact that they are a highly respected herb in ancient Chinese medicine. Many mushrooms contain constituents that are unique to them, which is why some compounds are named after the mushroom they are found in. Mushrooms are highly protective of the liver, which is especially helpful to those suffering from fungal and pathogenic issues because the liver works overtime to process the toxins they produce.
They are dense in B vitamins and can actually supply a complete vitamin B complex! Meaning if you use a blend of mushrooms, like this, you may be getting all the B vitamins! A vitamin B deficiency is commonly associated with pathogenic issues, as it is said they feed on the B vitamins inside of our body. They are also rich in riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. When you receive these compounds together, you may be protecting heart health. Riboflavin is beneficial for your red blood cells and niacin supports digestive health and skin. In higher amounts, niacin acts as a flush for toxins and toxic matter.
They contain selenium, potassium, copper, iron, and phosphorus, which are not normally found in herbs. They are also high in antioxidants, such as ergothioneine and glutathione, which are said to be preventatives and supportive of many types of neurological issues, especially the more common and chronic ones. As a matter of fact, by consuming them daily, you may boost processes of the brain, like memory, and lessen cognitive decline later in life.
Antioxidants are amazing for support with free radicals and oxidative stress. This in turn supports cellular health and may offer cell protection. The vitamin C content in mushrooms is significant enough to mention. Vitamin C supports immunity and heart health as well. We use the whole mushroom, including the stem. The stem is high in a fiber called beta-glucans and they are known for cholesterol support.
Mushrooms are commonly used in cooking because many say they enhance the taste of food. This is due to the glutamate ribonucleotides. They are actually used to substitute meats for many vegetarians and these compounds are what make them taste similar. Therefore, they have the taste, yet no harmful effects on your blood pressure or heart. They are low in salt, calories, fat, and cholesterol.
Many are looking to supplement vitamin D, yet when they take a synthetic form, many say it didn’t agree with them. Mushrooms are the only non-animal source of vitamin D, due to a compound called ergosterol, which they convert to create a natural vitamin D. This is what mushrooms naturally do! They synthesize vitamin D from sunlight! This means they may support all that vitamin D supplementation does, like bone health and strength!
We have many types of medicinal mushrooms. Some of them are very common and others we may be the only source for! You can find all of them by searching this website for the keyword “mushroom’, where each one of them will result as options. We also have a blend of all the mushrooms that we carry called MediMush™. To view, Click Here!
The variations for each product are in the order that we recommend for that specific one. This may give you an idea of which versions to get and where to start if you decide this is the route for you. There may be instances where we use an ingredient that can only come as a liquid. For example, pokeberry juice or essential oil. Only the liquid products will contain that specific ingredient and it will simply have to be left out of the powdered version. Herbal compounds may accumulate, over time. Saturation is key!
Standard Tinctures – Herbal compounds extracted in an alcohol base, which may offer the highest absorption. When a tincture sets under the tongue, the microscopic, pre-extracted compounds are readily bioavailable and they absorb through the tissue, similar to plant intake in nature! Alcohol may carry them into the bloodstream, where they may then circulate to the organs. For this particular blend, we recommend a tincture.
Lipospheric Tinctures – Standard tinctures are put through an energetic process to collide the herbal compounds and encase them in oxygenated bubbles. This method is an oxygenation process, which completely changes the color of the solution. This version of a tincture may always off the highest absorption.
Tinctures are animal & child-safe, at the appropriate dosage. They can be used as an additive to personal products like lotion, detox bath, nebulizing, topically, and even as belly button soaks. Best results may come with working up to the highest dose, staying consistent.
We always choose unprocessed, ethically wildcrafted plant material, when possible. We also add freshly harvested, green plant material, wherever we can! This allows for a rare and unique availability of enzymes. Normally these enzymes are lost in the drying process and as far as we know, we are unique to us. Many companies that make simple elixirs don’t even know how to do it properly!
When we purchase herbs, we choose whole plant material, for us to grind into a silky fine powder, as we need it. This ensures quality, freshness, and abundant compounds. “Full-spectrum” means that the product contains every part of the plant, including the roots, and wherever we can, we even add the seed, flower, and/or fruit!
We have had our products energetically tested by an energetic practitioner, using a bioresonance scanning system that is well-known. She reported back that our products were over 300% more energetic than any others in her system! Over the years customers have continued to energetically test our products with their own body and they have passed every test they have ever been put through. Some say they have even surpassed the major brands!
Always use herbals wisely and with common sense!