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Mushrooms for Men's Health

Feb 09, 2024Kaitlin Lawless

Chaga for Men's Health

Chaga, Inonotus obliquus, is a men’s health superstar for a variety of reasons. Whether it's bolstering your natural defenses, supporting skin and hair health, or fortifying your circulatory wellness, chaga is man’s best friend! Let’s talk about the myriad of ways that chaga can be your new fungi powerhouse.

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Garrett Kopp chaga hunter building his own house

Chaga for Immunity and Detox

Chaga's extraordinary antioxidant capacity, stemming from its rich fungal melanin content, establishes chaga as a key player in immune system fortification. These antioxidants aren't just incidental; they're the foundation of chaga's immune-supporting prowess. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals, unstable molecules implicated in various health issues, for a supported immune health.

Why are antioxidants so pivotal particularly for men? Men, on average, face a higher onslaught of carcinogens, pollutants, and toxins compared to women. The substances encountered—fine particulate matter, motor oil, sealants, adhesives, pesticides, plywood, engine exhaust, heavy metals and many more—can induce oxidative stress, potentially leading to health complications.

Antioxidants, such as those abundant in Chaga, play a crucial role in combating oxidative stress. By scavenging free radicals, Chaga helps neutralize the oxidative stress caused by these toxins, strengthening the body's innate defenses.

To guard yourself from these toxins, it's crucial to prioritize safety protocols when handling hazardous materials. Integrating Chaga into your daily routine not only adds an extra layer of antioxidant immune support but also aids in maintaining overall well-being amidst our modern, toxin-laden environment.

Chaga for Healthy Hair Growth

Did you know that chaga tea was historically used in Mongolia as a traditional hair rinse? They were certainly on to something, as chaga is great for the hair, skin and nails! However, the alcohol soluble compounds should be of particular note to men. In a 2019 study, researchers delved into the effects of chaga’s triterpenes on human follicle dermal papilla cells. Their discoveries were striking: four of Inonotus obliquus’ triterpenes exhibited a hair-growth-stimulating prowess that surpassed the positive control, minoxidil (the active ingredient in rogaine). Triterpenes are not water-soluble, so an alcohol extract is necessary to reap the follicle-stimulating benefits of chaga.

Though the precise mechanisms behind chaga's effects on hair growth remain unknown, numerous potential pathways have been suggested by scientists. Speculations range from bolstered follicular circulation to scalp-nurturing antioxidative effects, and even potential stress modulation, all contributing to this natural phenomenon.

Scientific literature consistently underscores stress as a pivotal factor in hair loss. As adaptogens, every mushroom we offer here at Birch Boys contributes to fostering a resilient response to stress. Chaga emerges as a standout, offering a natural approach to enhancing hair growth. It proudly stands alongside an array of effective botanicals for hair like Rosemary, Chinese Hibiscus and Northern White Cedar.

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Turkey Tail - Trametes versicolor

Renowned as the most extensively researched mushroom globally, Turkey Tail has earned its reputation as a phenomenal fungus. At its core lie two crucial compounds, Polysaccharopeptide (PSP) and Polysaccharide Krestin (PSK), responsible for its distinctive benefits. In this blog, we’ll primarily be discussing PSP’s effects.

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Turkey Tail mushroom infographic in blue and orange. Reads, Turkey Tail, supports gut & digestive health, supports prostate health, supports immune health
Turkey Tail Mushroom on hardwood tree next to Birch Boys Turkey Tail Tincture

Turkey Tail for Gut Health

Maintaining optimal gut health is essential for overall well-being. The intricate web of the gut microbiome significantly influences our immune system, metabolism, and the crucial connection between our gut and brain. Disruptions in this balance can lead to a spectrum of health issues, affecting not only the gut but also contributing to complications in other bodily systems such as allergies and skin health. Emerging studies highlight the potential of PSP, found in turkey tail mushrooms, to support the human gut microbiome through various pathways. It actively modulates gut pH, creating a nurturing environment for beneficial bacteria, acts as a prebiotic source of nourishment for microbiota, and stimulates the microbiome itself.

PSP from Turkey Tail for Healthy Prostate Support

While often recognized for their immune-boosting and gut-nurturing capabilities, the compounds in turkey tail offer a spectrum of advantages. Notably, a pivotal 2011 study shed light on PSP's ability to specifically target cancer progenitor cells in vivo, unveiling its potential subject of further research for supporting prostate health. What’s the best part about the compounds found in turkey tail? PSP and PSK are both water-soluble compounds, so Turkey Tail is a great choice for those who cannot tolerate alcohol. Turkey Tail is also abundant in nature all over the world, making it a perfect option for taking your wellness into your own hands.

Artist's Conk - Ganoderma applanatum

While Artist’s Conk may not be a household name in the realm of healing fungi (yet!), it has a number of incredibly interesting, and somewhat unique properties that make it a phenomenal addition to any mushroom regimen. What’s the secret component that makes Artist’s Conk so intriguing? Ganoderic acids, a class of closely-related triterpenes found in the mushrooms of Ganoderma species.

Artist's Conk for Men's Health Infographic in orange and blue. Reads,
Garrett Kopp in the golden hour holding a large specimen of artist's conk mushroom or white reishi

Artist's Conk for Libido

Artist Conk extracts offer a valuable benefit to men by promoting the synthesis of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is essential for maintaining cardiovascular and circulatory health, as well as a healthy libido. Moreover, it serves as the neurotransmitter responsible for initiating penile erections. The study notes that both hot water and alcohol extractions of Artist’s Conk support healthy nitric oxide levels.

Artist's Conk for Weight Management

A recent study from 2022 revealed that compounds extracted from Artist’s Conk possess the ability to hinder lipid (fat) accumulation in vitro. While four compounds exhibited efficacy similar to the control, five compounds from artist’s conk surpassed the positive control in their anti-adipogenic effects, and two others displayed properties reducing the amount of lipids accumulated in vitro. These compounds are lanostane-type triterpenes, only soluble in an alcohol extraction (and a few other, less common non-water solvents).

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Artist's Conk's Potential for Uric Acid Support

In January 2018, a study examined the impact of Artist’s Conk extracts on uric acid levels in hyperuricemic mice. The results were impressive: the extracts not only lowered serum uric acid but also increased urine uric acid while reducing the absorption of purine compounds in the mice's gastrointestinal tracts. Alcohol extracts decreased mice serum uric acid by 53%, while water extracts showed a similar effect, reducing it to 46%. Both alcohol and water extracts notably boosted urine uric acid levels. These findings were characterized as “outstanding” by the researchers.

White Button Mushroom - Agaricus bisporus

When you think of mushrooms, I'm sure the ever-popular culinary fungus, white button mushrooms, are the first to come to mind. Even if you're unfamiliar, you've certainly seen these popular mushies on pizza, in salads, and even canned! They are the most common culinary mushroom, but did you know they also harbor the potential for powerful healing?

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White Button Mushroom for Balanced Hormones

In 2005, research was conducted on white button mushrooms, both in laboratory settings (in vitro) and in living organisms (in vivo), to assess their potential in promoting prostate health. The findings were significant: these mushrooms possess alcohol-soluble phytonutrients that can effectively reduce the activity of 5a-reductase. This particular enzyme plays a role in converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a compound associated with prostate cancer development. Moreover, the study revealed that compounds from white button mushrooms can even target hormone-resistant prostate cancer cells, while leaving normal, healthy prostate cells unharmed.

White Button Mushrooms for Immune Support

White button mushrooms hold promise in boosting the immune system through various mechanisms of action. In a 2007 study, these mushrooms were found to amp up the activity of natural killer cells—cells crucial in limiting tumor spread and fighting microbial infections. Another research in 2010 revealed that these mushrooms also enhance the production of antimicrobial proteins released by tissue-repairing cells. Additionally, in cell cultures, Agaricus bisporus was observed to improve the maturation of dendritic cells, which are key players in producing fighter T-cells, thus contributing significantly to a proper immune response.

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Maitake for Cardiovascular and Circulatory Support

Maitake Mushroom Tincture on logs

Maitake or Grifola frondosa, is a phenomenal mushroom that has a wealth of beneficial compounds. It even boasts the highest beta glucan (1,3-1,6) content among our range of tinctures. This exceptional concentration makes it a powerhouse in supporting the immune system. Additionally, the glycoproteins and mycosterols present in Maitake have demonstrated their potential to contribute to maintaining healthy body weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. Maitake is a must-have in any mushroom routine, but make sure to opt for a dual or double extract tincture for maximized benefits.  

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Lion's Mane for Brain Health

Birch Boys Lion's Mane Mushroom Tincture with fresh lion's amne fruiting body

No mushroom-centric blog would be complete without a mention of Lion’s Mane. Lion’s mane, Hericium erinaceus, has captivated the world with its noticeably brain-boosting, nootropic effects. Lion’s Mane contains hericenone, which is responsible for its powerful work in the brain. Nearly all people can benefit from the addition of Lion’s Mane into their diet, where it will help to support healthy memory, focus and cognition in addition to supporting a positive mood. It’s our top seller, so we definitely recommend trying it out.

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Kaitlin Lawless holding a conk of wild chaga

About The Author

Born and raised amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Adirondack Mountains, Kaitlin Lawless developed a profound appreciation for the natural world from an early age. She is passionate about ecological preservation and permaculture, employing such practices on her homestead. Since childhood, she has studied and been taught about herbalism by the wise women in her life, field guides, and accredited scientific literature. Her expertise in the field of mycology stems from her invaluable training under the tutelage of Garrett Kopp, a licensed NYS mushroom identification expert. Kaitlin is an integral part of the Birch Boys team, she manages Birch Boys' marketing, customer service, and more. This role has afforded her a deep and expansive knowledge of the effects and applications of healing mushrooms. With her broad expertise, Kaitlin has become a trusted source of information for those seeking to harness the power of nature's medicinal offerings.

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