Agarikon Mushrooms for Pets
Agarikon mushroom (Fomitopsis officinalis), also known as the “elixir of long life,” is probably one of the oldest and longest-living mushrooms on the planet. These mushrooms are native to the conifer forests of North America and Europe. Agarikon mushrooms are shaped like beehives and usually hang from the branches or trunks of old, tall trees. They can live up to 75 years and have the ability to defend against the same microbes that harm mammals.
Agarikon mushroom’s ability to defend against pathogens is gaining interest from medical community and holistic practitioners, alike. Used for centuries by many cultures to support overall health, the ancient greeks gave it the nickname elixirium ad longam vitam, meaning “elixir of long life”. Historically, it is one of the earliest recorded herbal remedies used to support respiratory function and digestive health. It has a bitter taste and texture, so it is often consumed and preferred as an herbal tea or supplement powder.
Agarikon benefits are wide ranging, covering ailments such as immune function to lung health. It contains a full spectrum of bio active compounds such as agaric acid, beta glucans, triterpenoids, fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals. For many of the same reasons, Agarikon mushroom’s ability to fend off infection in the wild for many years, can also be an amazing natural remedy for dogs and cats.
Health Benefits of Agarikon Mushrooms:
- Supports body’s natural immune response
- Rich in antibacterial and antiviral properties
- Serves as an anti-inflammatory agent
- Increases blood circulation
- Strengthens the GI tract
- Promotes health respiratory and lung function
- Supports environmental stress associated with aging pets