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Forij Health and Wellness Resources

Forij wants you to feel great! We've built a brand around adaptogenic mushroom extracts in superfood granola because we believe these mushrooms have the power to change your health.

Optimizing Vitality

The following guides and resources will help you understand what we're about and why we invest in bringing functional mushroom granola to the masses!

Intro to Functional Mushrooms

Functional mushrooms, sometimes termed adaptogenic mushrooms, are a booming topic in the health food scene. Learn why, and how you can easily integrate these mushrooms into your diet. 

What are Adaptogenic Mushrooms? 7 Amazing Facts

Holistic medicine sings their praises, and even scientists are starting to take notice of the many benefits adaptogenic mushrooms can provide. But what exactly are adaptogenic fungi? Learn more about adaptogens, functional mushrooms, and how they can help you maintain your mental and physical health and even prevent certain illnesses.

What are the World's Healthiest Mushrooms?

Which medicinal mushrooms are the healthiest? Our customers ask this a lot, so we’ve compiled the healthiest adaptogenic mushrooms into one handy article. Here are the mushrooms you should be eating for optimal health.

All About Lion's Mane

The definitive guide to the lion's mane mushroom, including clinical studies, lion's mane benefits, and more. After reading this, you'll understand why Forij includes lion's mane extracts in our granola!

Lion's Mane and Cancer

Lion’s mane seems to be the miracle mushroom, but can it prevent and treat cancer? We looked at the latest research on the effects of Hericium erinaceus on various types of cancers and were quite impressed with what we found. Let’s dive into the details.

Lion's Mane Brain Benefits

Are you searching for a natural way to improve your brain health? You might want to give lion's mane a try.In this article, we'll delve into the science behind lion's mane brain benefits and explore how it can help you unlock your full cognitive potential.

Lion's Mane and ADHD

Lion’s mane mushrooms are known for their brain-boosting benefits. But, can this medicinal mushroom alleviate symptoms of ADHD? We took a closer look at what research has to say about the effects of Hericium erinaceus on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and were quite impressed with the results.

Lion's Mane vs. Adderall for ADHD

Lion’s mane mushrooms provide incredible brain-boosting benefits and appear to alleviate symptoms of ADHD. But can they really be as effective as Adderall? Well…yes and no. Let’s take a closer look.

Lion's Mane and Anxiety

Praised for its antioxidant activity, its ability to reduce inflammation, and improve cognition, the lion’s mane mushroom seems to be a miracle fungus. We examined whether this medicinal mushroom improves mental health, specifically panic attacks and anxiety.

Lion's Mane and Depression

Can this unique-looking fungus live up to its hype when it comes to depression? Take a look at the effects lion’s mane can have on depressive disorders.

Lion's Mane and OCD

While lion’s mane mushrooms won’t cure obsessive-compulsive disorder on their own, they can certainly help reduce anxiety and depression that people with OCD often experience. Let’s take a deep dive into how lion’s mane can alleviate symptoms of OCD.

Lion's Mane and Memory

One of the top benefits people talk about regarding lion’s mane is its ability to improve learning and memory. We took a closer look at what the science says about the potential memory-boosting abilities of lion’s mane.

Lion's Mane and Dementia

When it comes to preventing and easing symptoms of dementia, lion’s mane mushrooms are unparalleled. Here’s what the newest research has to say about Hericium erinaceus and dementia.

Lion's Mane and Alzheimer's Disease

We uncover the most up-to-date research about the effects of the lion's mane mushroom on Alzheimer's disease. The research looks promising!

Lion's Mane and Neurogenesis

Can the lion's mane mushroom help your body grow completely new nerve cells? Research seems to suggest that the answer is yes!

Lion's Mane and Multiple Sclerosis

Can this weird-looking fungus really help manage the difficult, progressive illness that is multiple sclerosis? Check out the latest clinical data on the effects of lion's mane mushrooms on MS.

Lion's Mane and Neuropathy

It’s been proven that lion’s mane mushrooms promote nerve growth, but do they help relieve nerve pain? We took a deep dive into the latest research on the effects of Hericium erinaceus on neuropathy and were quite impressed with what we found.

Lion's Mane and Parkinson's Disease

While we can’t claim lion’s mane can cure Parkinson’s disease, it certainly appears to be beneficial to those who struggle with this progressive illness. Check out our article to get into the finer points of the science behind lion’s mane, neurogenesis, and Parkinson’s disease.

Lion's Mane for ALS

Lion’s mane is an alternative medicine staple and one of the healthiest mushrooms in the world. One of its many benefits is the ability to repair damaged nerve cells and promote neurite outgrowth. This can be incredibly beneficial in managing ALS. Dive into the benefits of lion’s mane for ALS.

Lion's Mane and Diabetes

Can lion's mane make a difference in the prevention and treatment of diabetes? Let’s take a look at what the science says.

Lion's Mane and Blood Sugar

Though there are no human studies on the effects of lion’s mane mushrooms on blood sugar levels, anecdotal evidence, as well as high-quality animal studies on the topic are promising. Let’s take a look at how lion’s mane can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Lion's Mane and Weight Loss

Hericium erinaceus is an all-powerful mushroom that appears to treat anything from diabetes to anxiety. But can this mushroom aid in weight loss? Human research on this topic is lacking, but several animal studies suggest that the answer is yes!

Lion's Mane and Inflammation

We get a lot of questions about the therapeutic potential of lion’s mane for inflammation, so we decided to take an in-depth look at what science has to say. We were quite impressed with the results, and you will be too.

Lion's Mane and Arthritis

Should you be taking lion’s mane mushrooms to alleviate symptoms of arthritis? According to research, the answer is yes! This mushroom appears to reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Let’s jump into the details and benefits.

Lion's Mane for Athletes

The lion’s mane mushroom seems to have health benefits across a range of conditions from depression and anxiety to diabetes and cancer. But, can it help your athletic performance? It appears that the answer is yes.

Lion's Mane for Bodybuilding

Can lion’s mane help you reach your bodybuilding goals? It appears that the answer is yes. Read on to learn how Hericium erinaceus can help you pack on more muscle.

Lion's Mane in Pre Workout

Lion’s mane is one of the healthiest mushrooms on the planet. It also happens to be great as a preworkout supplement. Dive deep into how this fungus can boost athletic performance and muscle synthesis.

Lion's Mane for Acne

Lion’s mane mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties, speed up the wound-healing process, and appear to stabilize hormones. All of which helps acne. Let’s take a look at the extent to which lion’s mane can improve acne symptoms.

Lion's Mane for Hair Growth

If you're struggling with hair loss or simply want to improve the health of your hair, the lion's mane mushroom may be worth adding to your diet. The effects of Hericium erinaceus on testosterone and other hormones, as well as its overall health benefits, indicate that this mushroom may aid in preventing hair loss and improving hair quality.

Lion's Mane for Kids

Hericium erinaceus is an incredibly healthy mushroom that can promote physical and mental well-being. But, is lion’s mane safe for kids? The answer seems to be a resounding yes! Here are some of the benefits your child can reap from lion’s mane mushrooms.

Lion's Mane for Autism

A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, the lion’s mane mushroom appears to provide a slew of benefits for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Read on to learn how Hericium erinaceus can help you manage autism.

Lion's Mane for Digestion

Lion’s mane mushrooms can do wonders for our mental health, but what about our ‘second brain’—the gut? Research shows that lion’s mane can maintain digestive health, and even alleviate symptoms of digestive issues. Take a look at the benefits of lion’s mane for digestion.

Lion's Mane for Migraines

The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of lion’s mane make it the ideal mushroom for people with frequent migraines and other types of headaches. Here are the benefits of taking lion’s mane mushrooms for migraines.

Lion's Mane for the Vagus Nerve

Lion's mane appears to provide benefits for the entire nervous system, including the vagus nerve. Find out how this medicinal mushroom can help your vagus nerve function properly and improve your overall health.

Lion's Mane and Sleep

Can lion’s mane mushrooms really help you fall asleep faster and improve your sleep quality? Research seems to suggest that the answer is yes! We took a deep dive into what science has to say about the benefits of lion’s mane for sleep. Impressive stuff.

Lion's Mane and Caffeine

Lion’s mane mushrooms work best when taken in the morning. But, can you take them with your morning cup of Joe? You absolutely can! Let’s take a look at the benefits of taking lion’s mane and caffeine together.

Lion's Mane Spiritual Benefits

Many also swear by the spiritual benefits of lion’s mane: its ability to reduce anxiety and depression, as well as improve memory and focus. We took a closer look at the science behind these benefits, and the results may surprise you.

Lion's Mane Mushroom Health Benefits

Do the medicinal claims about this unique-looking mushroom really live up to the hype? Let’s see what the research says about the potential health benefits of lion's mane.

Lion's Mane Drug Interactions

Is there a risk to taking lion's mane while on medication? Do lion's mane mushrooms interact with any drugs? Here's a deep dive into what we currently know about lion's mane drug interactions.

Lion's Mane Side Effects

Lion’s mane mushrooms were praised in traditional Eastern medicine for their ability to aid in physical and spiritual health. But, are there any side effects to taking lion’s mane? 

Lion's Mane Effects on Testosterone

We get many questions about the effects lion’s mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) can have on testosterone, so we decided to take a deep dive into the topic. Lion’s mane could potentially boost the production of testosterone through neurogenesis. Read on for the details.

Lion's Mane and DHT

There’s not enough scientific research on the effects of lion’s mane on DHT. Some evidence suggests that Hericium erinaceus could aid in stabilizing DHT levels. Let’s take a closer look.

Lion's Mane During Pregnancy

Although we couldn’t dig up much research on the effects of Hericium erinaceus on pregnancy, centuries of use and anecdotal evidence suggest that this adaptogenic mushroom is not only safe but quite beneficial for pregnant women, non-pregnant women, and pretty much everybody.

Lion's Mane While Breastfeeding

Lion’s mane has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. But, is it safe to take this mushroom while breastfeeding? It seems like the answer is yes! In this article, we take a closer look at the safety of taking the lion’s mane mushroom while breastfeeding.

How to Take Lion's Mane

Lion’s mane mushrooms are among the most popular adaptogenic mushrooms and for a good reason. Here’s how you can incorporate this helpful fungus into your diet.

Lion's Mane Extract Vs. Powder

The incredible health benefits and properties of lion’s mane mushrooms are just starting to be understood by science. But what’s a better way to reap these benefits—a powder, or an extract? We compared the two main ways of consuming lion’s mane, and here’s what we found.

What Does Lion's Mane Taste Like?

You’ve heard of lion’s mane mushrooms. Now, you’re wondering what they taste like. Sort of…mushroomy, with a seafood-ish flavor. But there’s a better way to consume lion’s mane if you don’t like the earthy taste. Read on.

How to Identify Lion's Mane in the Wild

If you’re new to mushroom identification and foraging, lion’s mane mushrooms are a great place to start. Their distinct appearance makes them easy to spot and impossible to confuse with other, potentially poisonous, fungi. Here’s what you should know about identifying lion’s mane in the wild before you embark on your first foraging trip.

Lion's Mane Mushroom Dosage

A magical, shaggy mushroom that lowers blood sugar, alleviates symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and may even be able to treat colon cancer? The lion’s mane mushroom seems to do it all. Here's how much of this adaptogenic mushroom you should take to reap the many benefits it provides.

Does Lion's Mane Get You High?

We get a lot of questions about the potential psychedelic effects of lion’s mane mushrooms. Spoiler alert: there are none. Hericium erinaceus is not psychoactive. The only “high” you’ll get is extra clarity and focus. Let’s dive into the details.

How Long Does it Take for Lion’s Mane to Work?

When should you start noticing the benefits of lion’s mane mushrooms? It’s different for every person’s individual biochemistry, and also depends on the dosage you’re taking. Still, there is a general timeframe you can expect to notice improvements in your memory, mood, and overall health. Let’s dive into the details.

How to Grow Lion's Mane Mushrooms

Due to the many health benefits Hericium erinaceus provides, more and more folks are getting into growing this amazing fungus themselves. Read on to learn how to successfully grow lion's mane mushrooms at home, whether you have a garden or a small indoor space dedicated to growing fungi.

Should I Take Lion's Mane with or without Food?

We get asked a lot whether it is healthier to take lion’s mane with or without food. You can take Hericium erinaceus on an empty stomach, as part of a meal, or however you like. There are a few factors to consider, though. Let’s dive deeper into the topic.

Should I Take Lion's Mane in the Morning or at Night?

We frequently get asked whether it’s best to take lion’s mane mushrooms in the morning or during later hours of the day. While it is safe to take lion’s mane at any time of day, we strongly recommend taking it in the morning with your breakfast. We’ll get into the details of why this is so.

Are Lion's Mane Mushrooms Addictive?

Lion’s mane mushrooms provide too many benefits to count, but can you get addicted to them? According to research and anecdotal experiences, the answer is no! Read on to dive deeper into lion’s mane benefits, side effects, and potential uses.

Does Lion's Mane Work?

Lion’s mane appears to have some truly impressive benefits, but does it actually work? According to research, the answer is an astounding yes! Read on to learn more about the research-backed benefits of lion’s mane mushrooms.

Lion's Mane Contraindications

Lion’s mane mushrooms are incredibly healthy, but they can have some contraindications. Here’s when you should think twice about taking Hericium erinaceus.

All About Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a strange fungus, its weirdness eclipsed only by its usefulness as a functional food. Read this cordyceps guide to learn why we love it so much.

Cordyceps and Cancer

Can cordyceps help the body fight cancer? Evidence is compelling across multiple types of cancer. Read about the effects of the cordyceps mushroom on various cancers.

Cordyceps and Energy

Does cordyceps really boost your mental and physical energy levels and improve your focus? Learn about the energy-boosting properties of this mushroom.

Cordyceps and Diabetes

Does the cordyceps mushroom aid in the prevention and treatment of diabetes? According to scientific evidence, the answer is yes! We pored over the latest research on cordyceps and diabetes, so you don’t have to. Here’s what we found.

Cordyceps and Inflammation

Can cordyceps mushrooms help prevent and treat inflammation? According to science, the answer is a resounding yes! We tracked down the latest research on the anti-inflammatory effects of cordyceps. Check it out.

Cordyceps and Testosterone

Cordyceps mushrooms are known as the Himalayan Viagra due to the beneficial effects they can have on testosterone production. We looked into the latest research on cordyceps and testosterone and were quite impressed with the results. Check it out.

Cordyceps Dangers

Scientific research and anecdotal evidence regarding Cordyceps militaris praise the fungus for its numerous benefits. But, are there any dangers to taking cordyceps mushrooms? While cordyceps is generally safe for most people, there are some things to take into account when taking the fungus. 

Chaga Health Benefits and Guide

Chaga is a fungus found on birch trees in northern latitudes. It also has tremendous health benefits. This guide will help you understand chaga better...and why you want it in your diet!

Chaga and Cancer

Chaga mushrooms provide undeniable health benefits, but how do they stack up against cancer? We took a deep dive into what the latest research has to say about the anticancer effects of these medicinal mushrooms and were incredibly impressed with the results. Here’s what science has to say about chaga and cancer.

Chaga and Diabetes

Chaga mushrooms are renowned for their health benefits, but can they help with the prevention and management of diabetes? According to recent scientific research, the answer is yes! We examined the hypoglycemic potential of chaga mushrooms and were quite impressed with what we found.

Chaga and Inflammation

We often get asked about the beneficial effects of chaga for inflammation. Upon taking a close look at what the current research has to say, we found the anti-inflammatory potential of chaga quite impressive. Here’s how chaga mushrooms can benefit those with chronic inflammation.

Chaga and Skin Issues

We get a lot of questions about the many benefits chaga mushrooms can have for your skin. Upon taking a deeper look at the research, we’re quite impressed with this mushroom’s ability to slow the aging process, treat acne, and prevent skin cancer.

Chaga Mushroom Health Benefits

The chaga mushroom is a powerhouse fungus with a wide array of health benefits. Check them out—and consider taking chaga to reap the rewards for yourself.

How Much Chaga Should You Take?

Chaga mushrooms are incredibly healthy, but they are a high-oxalate food, so you shouldn’t take too much of them. Read on to learn what chaga dosage is ideal for health maintenance and illness prevention.

Chaga and Oxalates

Chaga mushrooms have proven health benefits, but some of our customers are concerned about the oxalate content in these fungi. We’ve looked into the latest research on oxalates in chaga mushrooms and the side effects they can produce. Read for more information on chaga and oxalates and how to take chaga safely.

The Two Sides of Chaga

Chaga mushrooms are immensely popular in natural medicine for the various health benefits they provide. However, due to their in-demand status, foragers are starting to overharvest chaga, which could have negative effects on the future of this mushroom and even lead to extinction. Let's look into the two sides of chaga mushrooms and what you can do to prevent overharvesting.