Mushrooms Explained

Medicinal mushrooms such as Lion's Mane and Cordyceps have been used by humans since ancient times as a natural method of healing and performance enhancement

Mushrooms Explained

After reading some of the anecdotal evidence and looking into the research on these two incredible fungi, I was excited to try them. However, after consuming them for the first time I was massively underwhelmed. Something didn't add up... 

Taking Cordyceps as an example; this mushroom has a long standing reputation in eastern medicine for enhancing endurance and bolstering immunity, amongst many other benefits. 

Fast forward to modern times and scientific analysis has validated its immune enhancing properties and ability to increase lung capacity and ATP production. 

The endurance aspect of this was exemplified by China's women's running team who broke three world records in 1993. This incredible feat resulted in rumours of doping starting to circulate. However, after investigation there was no evidence of banned substance use and the running team coach emphasised that Cordyceps had played a major role in this incredible achievement. 

After revisiting the literature, I wanted to understand why I wasn't experiencing the profound effects of these mushrooms, so I started digging a little deeper. 

What became quickly apparent is that there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when cultivating these mushrooms to produce a high quality product. 

Mushrooms Explained

These include: 

  • How they're are grown - they should be naturally wild-crafted, meaning they're cultivated in a controlled version of their natural environment with access to fresh air and sunlight
  • Organic status - as with all genuine health food products, they need to be organic, non-GMO and without additives or fillers
  • The extraction process - to maximise the number of beneficial compounds in the finished product, these mushrooms need to be dual-extracted
  • Concentration - in order to enhance these incredible mushrooms even further the powder can be concentrated and made many times stronger than the original mushroom
  • Lab analysis - finally the finished powder extracts need to be tested for their levels of beneficial compounds

At APE, we wanted to bring you a product that ticks all the above boxes. Having left no stone unturned in the creation of our own mushroom extract powders, our latest batch of 10:1 concentrated Cordyceps and 8:1 concentrated Lion's Mane are made up of 25.6% and 21.1% beta-glucans, the beneficial compound known primarily for it's immune enhancing properties.

Failing to do these things will result in a mushroom extract powder that has poor levels of the bioactive compounds they're known for and subsequently you won't feel the effects to anywhere near the extent you should do. 

Having included our own mushroom extracts as part of my daily routine, I'm now reaping the full benefits of these mushrooms, which include; 

Lion's Mane 

  • Improved cognition, memory and focus
  • Enhanced immunity 
  • Microbiome support 
  • Blood sugar support 
  • Improved digestion
  • Nervous system support 
  • Antidepressant / anti-anxiety supplement 


  • Enhanced endurance 
  • Increased ATP production  
  • Improved oxygen delivery
  • Enhanced immunity
  • Blood sugar support
  • Nervous system support 
  • Anti-oxidant / anti-inflammatory supplement