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Laricifomes officinalis (Agarikon Mushroom) Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you sell Laricifomes officinalis (Agarikon Mushroom)?

Yes! You can order it from our online store as an extract or as one of six powerhouse extracts in our proprietary Immune Support Kits.

Is Laricifomes officinalis called Agarikon?

Yes! It also goes by the names Agarikon, Agarikon mushroom, Bread of Ghosts, Fomitopsis officinalis, Laricifomes, quinine conk, and tree biscuit.

Why is it called the “Elixir of Long Life”?

Agarikon mushroom is a strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, and it has demonstrated antiviral properties. Inflammation helps to protect the body against different harmful stimuli, such as infection, chemical exposure, tissue damage, trauma, and bacteria exposure. However, excessive inflammation may harm tissues and organisms and has been associated with the development and onset of such inflammation-related diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, atherosclerosis, and cancer.

Agarikon is active against viruses and bacteria, suggesting that it may provide a natural bioshield against potential infection and disease transmission.

What are its antibacterial and antiviral activities?

Agarikon extract shows evidence of a broad-spectrum antibacterial and antiviral activity. A recent article in Mycology states that Agarikon mushroom is “recognised as medicinal for millennia all over its distribution range, particularly against pulmonary diseases. … {Its use has} been documented on Alps, Central and Eastern Europe, Urals, Siberia and North America, where it sometimes acquired mythic and ritual significance. Far beyond the folk superstition, bioactive molecules have been recently isolated from this fungus and proved to show remarkable antimicrobial effect.”

Scientific evidence suggests that Agarikon mushroom produces antimicrobial effects against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis attacks the lungs and causes TB, which can be fatal if not treated early enough. Consuming an extract made from the mushroom may support treatment of TB and also help to prevent you from contracting TB in the first place.

In 1947, the US experienced a major Smallpox outbreak that resulted in thousands of deaths. Although vaccines have been manufactured, studies have revealed that the efficacy rate of these vaccines is 95%. It produces antiviral activities against the variola virus that causes smallpox disease. The mushroom also produces antiviral properties against viruses such as herpes, influenza B, and influenza A.

What are its anti-inflammatory activities?

First, let’s break it down. Glycosides are naturally occurring substances in which a carbohydrate portion is combined with a hydroxy compound. Glycosides are often used in the treatment of heart diseases. Phenolics may work as antioxidants that prevent cellular damage due to free-radical oxidation reactions and promote anti-inflammatory conditions in your body.

Agarikon Mushroom contains a wide range of bioactive compounds that produce antiviral, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory activities. They include:

  • Polysaccharides
  • Proteins
  • Phenolics
  • Flavonoids
  • Alkaloids
  • Tocopherols
  • Organic acids
  • Glycosides

What are its anti-cancer properties?

Cancer is a leading cause of global fatalities. Although there are anti-cancer drugs in the market, they pose serious side effects, including hair loss. This has resulted in the need for less toxic yet effective therapeutic approaches. Agarikon mushroom has complementary chemotherapy properties. It also contains bioactive compounds such as lentinan, kestin, lectin, and calcaelin that produce anti-tumor properties. 

What arthritis support does it provide?

Agarikon mushroom exhibits anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve inflammation and arthritic pain. Arthritis can be very painful and cause serious discomfort when the joints are swollen. It is characterized by difficulties in walking. It contains significant amounts of l-ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant that relieves the body from oxidative stress.

What are its traditional uses?

The word “Agarikon” comes from the name of an ancient Scythian people (ancient tribes of nomadic warriors who originally lived in what is now southern Siberia). The mushroom was so important to these people that they took it as a totem and named themselves after the fungus.

Greek physician Dioscorides described Agarikon as “elixirium ad longam vitam” (“the elixir of long life”) in 65 A.D. in Materia Medica. His encyclopedia of diseases, medicines, and plant-based remedies was possibly the first herbal medical manual. In ancient Greece, Agarikon was used to treat respiratory illnesses, night sweats, and consumption — later known as tuberculosis.

Early Europeans and Central Asians traditionally used this species for treatment of many ailments and infectious diseases, including coughing illnesses, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, bleeding, and infected wounds.

What phytochemicals are in Agarikon Mushroom?

The complexity of its photochemistry helps explain the diversity of its benefits. Major constituents include Eburicoic acid, Sulfurenic acid, fomefficinic acid A-E, fomefficinic acid F-G, versisponic acid, Dehydroeburicoic acid, dehydrosulfurenic acid, 3-Ketodehydrosulfurenic acid, Fomefficinol A-B, Fomefficinol A-C, Obtusifoldienol, Eburicodiol, Eburical, agaric acid, Laricinolic acid, Officinalic acid, Fomitopsin A, Fomitopsin C, Fomitopsin F, G, H, Fomitopsin D Ethyl ester, and Demalonyl fomitopsin H.

Can you describe the plant?

Laricifomes officinalis – Agarikon Mushroom is a wood decay fungus that grows to resemble a very large beehive. It grows like a fruit hanging from the places where branches connect to trunks on old tall trees.

it grows in temperate native conifer forests in Europe and North America. Agarikon mushroom belongs to the polypore fungi family. It produces fruiting bodies with a large surface of spore-bearing structures. Its beehive shape has been regarded as the longest mushroom in the world, up to 50cm long. It attaches itself to trees, could be the base, or even as high as 20 meters. Interestingly, the mushroom grows for about 75-100 years and produces defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria.

Growth: Grows up to 50cm and hangs on trees like fruits.

Shape: Beehive shape with a thick white flesh

Taste: Has a bitter-sweet taste

Edibility: Often consumed in the form of tea, powder, or capsules

Color: White spores

How do I consume Agarikon extract?

Instructions: Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of concentrate to 8 ounces of water or a cup of juice. Stir until dissolved. Drink 2-3 glasses a day.

Our team also developed a simple immune support smoothie recipe. These smoothies are blended drinks of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and Agarikon extract that will help energize you and transform your body from the inside out. Best of all — they taste great!

How did you choose your Agarikon supplier?

For each of the products we sell, company owner Michael Van der Linden and members of our team do substantial research, visit the source, and meet with the collectors and processors personally. We back up our faith in our source and our processors with testing.

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