Medicine that extends back for thousands of years

Elixirs of life, Food of Gods, Fungi of The World

For a long time, fungi were classified as part of the plant kingdom. But over the recent years as fungi were becoming more thoroughly studied, it became apparent that they deserved to be classified in a kingdom of their own, as they actually share more similarities with animals than with plants. In fact, fungi and animals are part of the same super kingdom known as Opisthokonta, a broad group of eukaryotes or organisms whose cells have a nucleus within a nuclear envelope. Like humans and animals, fungi are heterotrophic meaning that they are not self sustaining and are dependent on other organisms to obtain  nutrients, unlike plants which make their own foods through photosynthesis. An important thing to remember is that underneath the fungi umbrella are also molds like those found on cheeses such as Camembert and Gorgonzola, and yeasts like those used to make bread and beer.   

for thousands of years, fungi have been praised and in certain cultures even worshipped as being food that could bring individual immortality

Something that should be remembered is that not all fungi are mushrooms but all mushrooms are fungi. Not all mushrooms are medicinal and not all mushrooms are poisonous. Compared to the plant kingdom, the fungi kingdom as a whole has been far less studied, which makes it an exciting platform for exploration and also lends acceptance as to why the astonishing superpowers of medicinal mushrooms has been largely unknown to most masses, especially in the West.    

Mycelium

You hear or have heard about mushrooms and their many properties, both beneficent and maleficent. You see the cap, the stem, the conk growing out of the stump of a hardwood tree. But how is it that these mushrooms become to be what they show us on the surface? 

Wherever you find and see mushroom activity, there is a high possibility that underneath that landscape, there is a root system like that of plants but which operates from it’s own commands, out of which the fruiting bodies of fungi are formed. This network of roots in called mycelium. Mycelium forms when mushrooms release their spores that then germinate into hyphae, tubular masses of branched, feathery filaments that grow in the form of an underground web that penetrate substrates and absorb nutrients. Often of enormous proportions, just like the roots of a tree, hyphae branch out into a complicated and expanding patchwork which is mycelium which then goes on to form the vegetative part of the fungus. 

The mycelium is the most environmentally important part of the mushroom. It acts as a fishing net in the environment which it envelops, surrounding and penetrating the root systems of plants and trees, absorbing water and other nutrients from them, transferring and distributing them across the plants and trees.

Mycelium also releases enzymes that break down dead and decaying plant matter. The mycelium absorbs the nutrients to form the fruiting body while the plant is decomposed into healthy soil, ready to welcome the growth of new flora. The mycelium network can actually help plants communicate with each other. The mycelium allows plant life to share information about possible intruders and pathogens with each other, giving each one a heads up, and can even create a fungal defense system by releasing toxins to fight off the intruders. The mycelial network is like a sort of underground web of information made of wood like matter called chiton, and this network is often referred to as the “original internet”.   

It was recently discovered that the oldest representation known, thus far, of a multicellular organism is a 2.4 billion year old fossilized block of mycelium. The finding suggests that fungi arose not on land but in the deep sea. The deep biosphere represents a significant portion of the Earth, but we know very  little about it’s biology and even less about it’s evolutionary history. The fossils seem to be practically indistinguishable from those found in similar environments on land, though they are very much older.  Known as the Ongeluk formation, the fossils were collected by drilling into ancient rock formed from bubbly lava that at one point in time was beneath the seabed in what is now the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. These discoveries have allowed scientific and historic curiosity to linger in the minds of many enthusiasts from all different sectors of research and science. They have created a segue down the path of understanding not just our evolution as humans, but the evolution of plants, trees, animals and insects, and possibly the entire world as we know it today. 

Once the mycelium has a set formation underground and the fungal fruiting bodies have begun to flourish, teeny tiny “fungal seeds” or spores become released by the gills of the mushroom or from it’s pores sometimes referred to as stoma if the mushroom is a polypore, and these tiny spores act as seeds bringing in new fungal life and grander mycelial networks. While fruiting bodies often produce thousands and even trillions depending on their size, of the many spores released a day only a small fraction of those spores will germinate and eventually develop into a fruiting body. Mushroom spores are everywhere. They’re floating in the air around you and living on your pillowcase. But there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Meet The Manufacturers

Mushroom Magic

Mushrooms are undoubtedly a super food in a category of their own. Some might even say they’re miraculous. In certain cultures like in the Ancient Chinese, certain mushrooms such as the Reishi, were considered sacred. They were even reserved exclusively for imperials and royalty, due to their impressive health benefits. At The Garden In The Jungle we want to bring authenticity and trustworthiness. In order to manifest these qualities we must bring transparency. For this reason, we have chosen to partner up with producers of great quality and character. We want the best for ourselves, and this is what we bring to you. 

Choq

Choq is a leader in the natural supplement industry and has come a long way in proving itself to be the presence and influence that people have experienced. They boast diligence in scavenging for premium natural ingredients and for their rigorous testing, to ensure the consumer that what they are getting is natural and safe. They offer a variety of products for optimized health, development and overall wellbeing, including a mushroom product that is sure to surprise some. 

Real Mushrooms

Real Mushrooms is a top leading brand of organic mushroom extracts. Real Mushrooms puts emphasis on the term “real” because many so called “mushroom” products on the market, and especially online, do not contain the actual mushrooms fruiting body but from the mycelium that is grown on grains. Created through family relations, Real Mushrooms began with the true intention of bringing genuine organic mushroom extracts to the public. 

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