From the forestlands of ancient kingdoms to the sleek laboratories of today, mushrooms with healing qualities have been recognized and studied for their healing effects. Learn how today’s processing can improve on one of Nature’s most beneficial gifts.
Throughout humankind’s history, mushrooms have featured both nutritionally and medicinally—to nurture and to heal.
A mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, in recent decades, medicinal mushrooms have also formed an important part of natural prevention and therapeutic action in the western world.
Since 2003, Purica has become expert in understanding and growing medicinal mushrooms. Recognizing that, in TCM, the whole mushroom was used to maximize beneficial effects, our wide array of mushroom products incorporate the entire life cycle of the mushroom — from mycelium (the complex, nutrient-rich “root” structure) to fruiting body (the actual mushroom) to spore. They are grown on certified organic plant substrate, in perfect conditions of temperature, humidity and light for each species. Finally, they undergo a process called micronization.
The micronization process
Micronizing is a newer technology that unlocks all ingredients in the mushroom. In Canada, Purica is the only company to incorporate this process in order to ensure that active ingredients in mushrooms are released from the structures that bind them. Micronization ensures these important compounds are easily absorbed by the body, so they can exert their potent health promoting benefits more efficiently. This specialized process increases the potency of the mushroom between 5 and 10 times. In a way, it allows us to improve on what Nature has provided.
While all medicinal mushrooms stimulate or regulate the immune system and have high antioxidant value, each is a complex mixture of terpenes, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and other ingredients that have subtle, yet differing effects on the body. Here are some of the certified organic mushrooms in the Purica line and how you might benefit from them:
Agaricus (Agaricus blazei Murrill): The newest member of our mushroom lineup, Agaricus is suited to someone who feels the pressures of 21st century living, and wants to reduce the inflammation and immune suppression associated with stress.
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus): A dark, woodlike fungus that naturally grows on birch trees in colder climates, Chaga has the highest antioxidant content of all mushrooms. It’s anti-aging, longevity benefits are well documented as well as its immune-boosting effects.
Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis): Long recognized for boosting a flagging libido in both sexes, Cordyceps also restores physical stamina and recuperative ability. Traditionally cultivated from the bodies of caterpillars, Purica Cordyceps is vegan and cultivated on an organic plant-based growing medium.
Coriolus (Coriolus versicolor): The mushroom of immunity, Coriolus polysaccharides are the subject of study within many of the world’s eminent cancer research institutions. Helping to halt infections, it is also supports liver function and helps elevate energy levels.
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus): If you want to stay alert and maintain or improve cognitive function (memory, alertness, clarity), Lion’s Mane is the mushroom for you! It has also been shown to reduce feelings of depression and improve digestive function.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa): Sometimes called Hen of the Woods, this mushroom is home to a multitude of beneficial ingredients. These help protect against viral infections, provide cardiovascular benefits, and re-energize the whole body.
Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum): If stress is part of your day (and night) and you need to calm down and “chill out” a little, Red Reishi may just be the answer. Helpful for insomnia (especially when used over the long term) this mushroom also promotes healthy brain chemistry, memory and concentration.
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes): A very helpful mushroom that helps rebalance the immune response (whether it be underactive or overactive) and promotes energy and vitality. Shiitake is also a natural source of vitamin B complex.
If you’re looking for an excellent all-round immune booster with unmatched anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, Immune 7 is the answer. This specialized product is a potent blend of extracts from six medicinal mushrooms plus Purica Nutricol®—a proprietary blending of green tea and grape flavonoids. Immune 7 is an exceptional stand-alone therapeutic product, as well as a complement to mainstream therapies— effective, yet gentle in its action.