Agarikon Mushrooms: Quinine concentrate with beneficial properties*

The Agarikon mushroom, aka laricifomes officinalis the fomitopsis officinalis, packs a hefty punch of health and wonder. Dioskouridis, a Greek physician in 65 AD, described the Agarikon mushroom as the “elixir of longevity.”* The Agarikon mushroom is also known in Iranian traditional herbalism for its unique biological activities. – log shaped or shaped like a sea mussel. The fungus is multiporous, meaning it forms these large fruiting bodies and has pores on its underside. Other well-known polypores include Turkey Tail Fungi and Bracket Fungi, both of which look uncannily similar to Agarikon’s shape at first glance.

Agarikon mushroom is also known as conkkinine because of its extremely bitter taste. While these strange tricks were once collected for their supposed magical properties, they do not actually contain quinine.

However, Agarikon deserves the spotlight for a myriad of other reasons. In addition to being one of the oldest mushrooms in the world, Agarikon is also reputed to be some of the longest-lived. Despite their ancient reputation, these fungi have only recently entered the radar of modern science. Researchers and mycologists like Paul Stamets are trying to save Agarikon strains to enhance mycological diversity, which are currently being analyzed for their unique immune support functions. .

Eating Agarikon

Agarikon has an extremely bitter taste that separates it from some of the more popular culinary varieties. While it is edible, it is not often consumed in large quantities.

Looking at the benefits of the Agarikon mushroom, researchers found that the mycelium (the white, interconnected tissue that mushrooms use to transport nutrients) has more immune-supportive properties than the fruiting body.* It’s important to keep this in mind. distinction if you are foraging for Agarikon or crafting an immune support tincture.*

Agarikon and The Future of Mycotherapy

Agarikon has recently found its way into modern homeopathy, but its use to support healthy immune systems predates modern science.* There are over 72 strains of Agarikon and many more, some with very unique beneficial properties.* As already discovered by mycologists, certain strains of Agarikon may help support a healthy immune system.* Work with Agarikon mushrooms shows great promise for the future of mycotherapy.*

Above all, the discovery of Agarikon mushrooms requires increased conservation efforts. Agarikon mushrooms are currently endangered and only grow in old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, careful mycologists who collect Agarikon leave the fruiting bodies intact and take a small tissue sample for cloning. Due to their unique properties, the cultivation and conservation of Agarikon mushrooms and the forests they inhabit is extremely important.

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