Myco Essentials

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Myco Essentials is proud to provide 100% organic medicinal mushroom supplements which are exclusively made in Canada. All of our product ingredients are from Canada and we manufacture with the highest quality standards.

Medicinal mushrooms have been shown to enhance immunity and foster disease prevention and treatment:

Immuno-modulation, anti-tumor/anti-cancer properties, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, cognitive improvement, augmented nerve cell modulation, hepatic protection, anti-viral/anti-HIV properties, cholesterol lowering, blood pressure lowering, anti-osteoporosis, etc, etc.

These functional foods, alternatively termed naturaceuticals, have been investigated extensively (click for references) and shown to confer many health promoting and life extension benefits without notable side effects. These medicinal mushroom products are rapidly gaining recognition in North America, a trend that parallels the extensive usage of mycologicals in Asia for thousands of years. The traditional use for these products as both health foods and medicine has been studied comprehensively and many excellent books and reviews have been written. Researchers began publishing their findings as early as 1968!

  • Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Zhi / Reishi)
  • Grifola frondosa (Hen of the woods mushroom / Maitake)
  • Phellinus igniarius (Phellinus fungus)
  • Hericium erinaceus (Lion's Mane)
  • Cordyceps militaris (Caterpillar fungus)
  • Lentinula edodes (Black forest mushroom / Shiitake)
  • Pleurotus eryngii (King oyster mushroom)
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Hericium, the Lion’s Mane Mushroom contains Potent – diversified - Anti-Oxidants and Anti-inflammatory Properties
by Dr. Frank Merante, M.Sc. PhD,
March 2, 2014

Free radicals are an inevitable consequence of the aerobic metabolic processes of cellular respiration.   Read more ...

Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs
by Diane Frank, DMV, DipACVB
Assistant Professor of Behaviour Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal

Cognition allows an animal to take in information about the environment, process, retain, and make decisions on how to act.   Read more ...

Hericium (Lion's Mane) For Cognitive Improvement & Neuronal Protection
by Dr. Frank Merante, M.Sc. PhD,
November 22, 2013

In vitro studies are a wonderful tool which allow observations to be made in relatively simple and tightly controlled system such as nerve cell culture, but the obvious question that always remains is: “Does the same effect occur in vivo, or more precisely, what happen if people ingest this mushroom or mycelium?”    Read more ...

Hericium β-glucan polysaccharides (β-G-P) and their Anti-cancer/anti-tumor properties
by Dr. Frank Merante, M.Sc. PhD,
November 10, 2013

Hericium, and many wood decomposing mushrooms, have been shown to possess both water soluble and insoluble beta-glucan polysaccharides ... These fungal derived polysaccharides are important for maintaining robust health and longevity    Read more ...

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Mushroom Mycelium Blended Formulations

Many medicinal mushrooms possess related but distinct components, particularly the multitude of β-glucan polysaccharides (Cheung et al., 2008) and considerable array of small molecular weight molecules (i.e., diterpenoids, triterpenoids; ergosterol derivatives). Notably are the synergistic effects observed when a blend of various species were analysed together. Various scientists and researchers have studied the blending of various medicinal mushroom that can augment the synergistic effect and significantly prevent tumour invasion, metastasis and proliferation: Han et al., 2009, Jiang and Sliva, 2010, ..., etc

The benefits of these medicinal mushrooms are summarized with their references listed below

Investigated Effects Mushroom Types (Scientific/English Common/Japanese/Chinese Names)
Ganoderma lucidum Grifola frondosa Phellinus igniarius Hericium erinaceus Cordyceps militaris Lentinula edodes
Lingzhi Hen of the Woods Phellinus Lion's Mane Caterpillar fungus Black forest
Reishi Maitake メシマコブ Yamabushitake Tōchūkasō Shiitake
靈芝 舞茸 桑黃 猴頭菇 冬虫夏草 香菇

Anti-Aging Effects

Macrophage activator

Hypoglycemic effect (Blood sugar regulation)

Cognitive improvement / Anti-dementia

Nerve growth factor modulator

Myelination augmentation

Nerve cell modulator/protectant

Antibiotic / Anti-microbial


Hepatic protection
Anti-platelet / Anti-Thrombosis
Anti-viral / Anti-HIV




Cholesterol lowering / Blood lipid metabolism


Blood pressure lowering

Vasorelaxation & vascular tone effects


Amelioration of rheumatoid arthritis

Anti-allergy / contact sensitivity

Airway cell / asthma modulation

Aerobic metabolism activation


Ulcer improvement

Kidney/nephrosis protectant

Kidney mesangial cell modulation

Apoptosis induction of cancer cells

Anti-apoptosis of normal cells

Weight management / Fat cell modulation

Metabolic syndrome

Improved exercise capacity



Anti-bowel/colon inflammation

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Interleukin/interferon modulation

Neuron oxidant protection

Improved sperm production

Testosterone stimulation & Steroidogenesis regulation

β -Estradiol stimulation

Ovulation induction


Erectile dysfunction

Lupus improvement

Myco Essentials utilizes pure culture techniques for cultivating mushroom MYCELIUM for several key reasons:

Myco Essentials Mycelium Growing Process

1) Agar media is inoculated with starting mycelium (example: Reishi)

2) Fully colonized plate of pure culture of selected medicinal mushroom mycelium

3) Organic rye grain is extensively washed and cooked

4) Cooked organic rye is transferred to glass jars and sterilized

5) Mycelium propagates on the sterilized grain under 100% sterile conditions

6) Mycelium colonizes and digests the grain over a period of approximately 3 months

Following complete colonization, the mycelium mass is hygienically collected, and slowly dehydrated under a warm stream of air

7) The dried mycelium is finely milled. Unlike many products that contain only a fractionated extract, all Myco Essentials products use the entire contents of the jar which of course contains all the mycelial components (i.e., endopolysaccharides), extracellular components (i.e., exopolysaccharides) and small molecular weight metabolites.

8) The milled mycelium is encapsulated (NO additives or fillers are used)

Alternative route: Expose the mycelium to natural environment (subject to the risk of molds and bacteria contamination) and develop into fruiting body - mushroom

King Oyster and Early stage Reishi (Ling Zhi) Mushroom

Hericium (Lion's Mane) Mycelium & Mushroom produced by Myco Essentials - grown completely within the sterile environment of the glass jar. The processed product contains all the mycelium, fruitbody and extracellular metabolites that comprise this holistic functional food and nutraceutical.

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