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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

 

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