Adaptogenic Wisdom

The Shasta is all about preventative health measures. The application of ancient plant wisdom to better support our chaotic Western lifestyles can therefore create good health and wellness.
Adaptogens are herbs or mushrooms that help increase the body's ability to resist, or adapt to the damaging effects of physical, chemical, or biological stress.
Adaptogens have been used for thousands of years to help the body return to a balanced state by stimulating the body’s stress-protection response. We know this from the collective knowledge gleaned from Eastern medicine practices.

For both the skeptics, there is no magic to being healthy when the secret to accessing preventative medicine is to be your own feelgood advocate. The Shasta keeps it simple so top-shelf health is affordable and accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Click on a product below to read more about all of their health benefits, and if you want to know the science or clinical studies behind the claims, just ask us!
**Remember, the following statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If taking medication please consult a physician before taking any vitamin or herbal supplements.
Shiitake

You eat these guys because they’re yummy. The second most popular mushroom in the world can do a lot of amazing healthful things in addition to tasting great.

The breakdown for this familiar fungi is impressive. Hailing from Central China’s mountainous region, and also grown in Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia, shiitakes have anti-inflammatory properties and are known to aid in fighting autoimmune disorders. They are said to have anticancer properties that fight cancer and tumors.

Shiitake mushrooms can be superior for the digestion process, carrying more than 50 different enzymes to help prevent and address any current irritation. They can contribute to strengthening bones and are a natural source of vitamin D. These guys are also known to fight diabetes and prevent iron deficiency.

Shiitake have a ton of macro and micronutrients present in them, which can be very beneficial for healthy blood vessels and good heart health, while also contributing to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Treating inflammation inside and outside, these shrooms are used to address skin issues that include; acne, eczema and rosacea. Because the immune system gets weaker as we age, with the help of Shiitake mushrooms the anti-aging properties are noteworthy.

 

Chaga

This is one ugly mofo, but the beauty of this fungus is that it is thought to boost immunity, fight inflammation, relieve pain, increase stamina and reduce fatigue. These little low-calorie, high-fiber shrooms can support weight loss, and are loaded with antioxidants so, if need be, they can also play a role in managing diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. There’s more — they may help to prevent and fight some cancers by reducing the size of tumors, slowing their growth, and in some reported cases, completely getting rid of them thanks to their antioxidant richness. Further, chaga may help balance cholesterol levels which may in turn reduce your risk of heart disease.

Historically, chaga has been known to cure tuberculosis and ulcers. There are studies that show that chaga extract has reduced long-term inflammation as well as fight harmful bacteria and viruses by stimulating white blood cells. And still, there’s more! Chaga may also improve the metabolic process in the brain, for more effective brain activity. This fungus is rich in minerals, nutrients, and vitamin D, potassium, zinc, iron, copper and calcium.

Chaga mushrooms typically grow on the bark of birch trees in Northern Europe, Siberia, Russia, Korea, Northern Canada and Alaska. We like this as a coffee substitute and brew the powder as a hot or cold herbal tea. For those who like to double up, chaga pairs well with cordyceps.

Lion's Mane

These white shaggy mushrooms actually do resemble a lion’s mane. Similarly, they can be as powerful as the top cat of the animal kingdom with bioactive benefits for the brain, heart and gut.

Lion’s mane does some truly impressive things in the healing space. They can be valuable for fighting against dementia. They can help protect against Alzheimer’s disease by stimulating brain cell and nerve growth which are also great for focus. Preventatively, lion’s mane has proven to be ideal for some in boosting general everyday mental function, including mild depression and anxiety. Another benefit of this mighty mushroom is that it can be known to help with arthritis, joint pain and the digestive system due to it’s incredible anti-inflammatory qualities..

Lion’s Mane is mostly used for its medicinal purposes, but culinarily, they are touted as the crab or lobster of the mushroom world. They are typically found in China, India, Japan and Korea.

Maitake

A powerhouse of a mushroom, Maitakes are a superfecta of healing qualities. These frilly guys are known to be the good looking mushroom with a nice scent and a wholesome taste. But better than how they look is how they make us feel. Maitakes have reportedly been known to assist in balancing blood sugar, killing cancer cells, lowering cholesterol levels, boosting immune function, promoting fertility, and reducing blood pressure. Naturally packed with a high level of Vitamin D, maitakes are especially fabulous when basking in the sun. Their intake is about 200% the daily recommended dose of D. All of this can translate to providing cancer support and better bone health. D isn’t the only vitamin these mushrooms are enriched with, maitake shrooms have beta glucans, as well as niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus and potassium.

Maitake mushrooms are made up of bioactive protein polysaccharides and have immune-protecting and antitumor properties. They also can help reduce cholesterol, improve artery functionality and overall cardiovascular health to lower any risk of heart disease. Maitake mushrooms may also boost production of lymphokines and interleukins that improve immune response. These fellows are said to have some cancer fighting in them called beta glucan, so many find they can be pretty solid at targeting and destroying cancerous cells. Because these little guys are known to help lower blood glucose levels, they play a role in activatin insulin receptors, while reducing insulin resistance in diabetes.

Reishi

These little fellows carry a mighty promise, as “the mushroom of immortality.” Their promise, as one of the strongest on the market with a 10Xs potency, is to assist with good health and a boost for longevity. The Chinese have traditionally used these woodsy bad boys for thousands of years as a qi (or vital energy) tonic, which activates immune health and function. Feeling a little moody or anxious? This is your answer. Not only are these guys loaded with nutrients vital for everyday living, they are known for their mood balancing and calming effects on the body and mind. A great mood enhancer, anxiety and depression fighter, reishi is your goto for a relaxing moment in your hectic day.

Reishi mushrooms’ immunomodulating effects help support hormonal imbalance too. Additionally, these shrooms support the liver for a more bolstered adrenal health. As we now know: A robust liver is a good blood cleanser, and clean blood contributes to good digestion.

Cordyceps

This is one of those fungus’ with an origin description that doesn't sound at all appealing. Cordycep mushrooms are a parasitic mushroom that grows on the larvae of insects. And yet, the healing properties of these suckers are dynamo for treating fatigue, sickness, kidney disease and a low sex drive. They can boost your fitness and sexual performance by improving how your body uses oxygen. Cordyceps can reduce fatigue, improve memory and strength due to their antioxidant content. They have anti-inflammatory qualities. They may help with slowing tumor growth and inhibiting the growth of lung, colon, skin and liver cancer cells. These power shrooms may have anti-tumor effects for lymphoma, melanoma and lung cancers. Cordyceps may help reduce complications associated with some cancer treatments too. Because these mushrooms contain a special type of sugar that mimics insulin, they may help keep blood sugar levels balanced in those with Type 2 Diabetes and those with chronic kidney issues, as well as keep cholesterol levels in check.

Another of Cordyceps’ super powers may be the support of thyroid regulation which is important in both men and women (particularly women). Because of the complex hormonal system in women it's useful in helping to make sure the thyroid is in optimal condition.

Turkey Tail

The globally-popular turkey tail mushrooms are another powerhouse shroom for helping to keep the immune system strong and healthy. Turkey tail is packed with antioxidants, including phenols and flavonoids, which can help promote immune system health by reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of protective compounds.

These mushrooms also boast polysaccharopeptides, which also are immunity boosters. Turkey tail mushrooms can be known to have antitumor properties, and have reportedly inhibited the growth and spread of colon cancer cells and several other cancers.

These guys may also support the efficacy of anti cancer medicines too. Turkey tail for some has been used in tandem with chemotherapy and radiation as a natural way to destroy some cancers. Further, these little fellows may enhance a more robust gut healthfulness through their immune strengthening qualities. And because they carry prebiotics, they are known to assist with providing the body with helpful bacteria.

Turkey tail has also been used to address and for some, combat HPV. The shrooms may also contribute to improved athletic performance, reduced fatigue, as well as improve insulin resistance.

Black Maca

BLACK MACA is the most sacred and rarest form of maca root. It symbolizes the body’s external energy, which is also the male side of the maca plant. Use of black maca is known to help in strengthening, giving vitality and giving direction.

Many consider black maca a warming, uplifting and encouraging boost. Black maca is known to address brain fog, energy, mental focus, and physical performance. It may benefit male fertility, sexual function and libido. Some have used black maca to treat their depression.

This maca is not typically designated for every day, daily use. Instead it is suggested that people reserve its use for chronic health issues and therapeutic treatment of acute conditions and imbalances. Black maca users reportedly experience more energizing, awakening, initiating and enduring effects.

Yellow Maca

Yellow Maca is the most abundant maca root available. It is recommended for daily use for help with long-term balance and resilience to stress. Yellow maca is the neutral of the three-colored macas and carries the most broad coverage of potential health benefits for men and women, as well as for children. Benefits of the yellow-hued powder may include: balancing hormones particularly for PMS and menopause, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, autoimmunity, inflammation, mental health, fertility and energy.

Red Maca

Red Maca is both rare and sacred — more so than yellow and less so than black maca. It represents the internal, feminine energy that is said to nourish, stabilize and calm the body and mind — essentially, the whole inner being.

The crimson-hued root powder is recommended for helping with acute treatment of constitutional imbalances. It also can potentially be an allieviator for chronic conditions such as anxiety, adrenal fatigue, osteoporosis, autoimmunity, prostate function, hormonal balance and female fertility.

Red maca may help with inflammation, blood flow and oxygen in the blood. Red maca has the highest level of bioactives than yellow and black maca. It is ideally used by men and women for assisting with chronic and acute conditions or imbalances — potentially providing a more nourishing, loving, nurturing, soothing response.

Pine Pollen

PINE POLLEN is so much more than a car paint destroying nuisance, it is an adaptogen that helps to address stress and inflammation in the body. It actually has over 200 different healthy compounds and over 20 different amino acids. Benefits of pine pollen include potentially improving digestive health, stimulating the immune system, fighting cancer, balancing hormonal health, fighting oxidative stress. Pine pollen may offer anti-tumor properties, multiple anti-aging benefits, as well as boosting energy and brain health. Pine pollen may also be a support when detoxing and losing weight.

Elite Shungite

Healing crystals and stones have been tapping into non woo woo wellness folk for a while now. SHUNGITE, a 99% carbon-rich stone is a powerful introduction to how minerals can elevate your mind, body and soul.

Shungite may help with reducing inflammation, oxidative stress, and electromagnetic field exposure. Some believe shungite can purify water and lessen emotional stress. People who infuse shungite into their water are using it for it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to address issues with: allergies, a sore throat, asthma, gastric issues, arthritis, kidney, liver and gallbladder problems, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, and pancreatic dysfunction.

The rare black stone is believed to help fight pollutants, free radicals, and kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and germs. Many find that shungite is helpful in soaking up negative energy and balancing emotions.

The Shasta’s elite shungite nanopowder has been processed to assist in the removal of all harmful metals and elements leaving behind natural fullerene-carbon and more than 40 micro and macronutrients.