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In the vast world of mushrooms, where countless species exist, there are some that stand out not only for their unique appearance but also for their remarkable historical significance. One such mushroom is the Agarikon ( Laricifomes officinalis). Often referred to as the "elixir of long life" or the "Mushroom of Immortality," Agarikon has captivated humans for centuries with its distinctive appearance, elusive habitat, and potential health benefits. In this blog post, we will explore the appearance, habitat, and uses of this ancient and intriguing mushroom.

Agarikon, scientifically known as Laricifomes officinalis, is instantly recognizable by its distinctive appearance. It typically grows on the trunks of old coniferous trees, forming large, woody, and shelf-like structures. These fungal conks can range in size from small, plate-sized specimens to massive, horseshoe-shaped formations that measure up to 30 centimeters in width. When young, Agarikon conks are soft and pale, resembling a puckered human ear. As they mature, they harden and take on a darker, reddish-brown to black hue.

The upper surface of the Agarikon conk is covered with a pattern of concentric rings or scales that give it a unique and attractive appearance. When these mushrooms are touched, they often feel dry and rough, making them distinct from more common fungi.

Agarikon mushrooms have a rather peculiar habitat preference, which adds to their mystique. They are primarily found in old-growth and ancient forests in North America, Europe, and Asia. These pristine and undisturbed ecosystems are crucial for Agarikon's survival, as it forms a symbiotic relationship with the host tree, often sprouting from the heartwood of dying or dead trees.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Agarikon's habitat is its association with long-lived trees. The mushroom can take decades or even centuries to reach maturity, making it a true relic of ancient forests. Unfortunately, due to deforestation and habitat loss, Agarikon populations have declined significantly, making them a rare find in the wild.

Throughout history, Agarikon has been revered for its potential medicinal properties. It has been used by indigenous cultures and traditional healers as a remedy for various ailments. While scientific research on Agarikon is still limited, it has garnered attention for its potential health benefits:

Laricifomes officinalis
Agarikon Conk

  1. Immune Support: Agarikon is believed to possess immunomodulatory properties, which means it may help regulate the immune system. Some studies suggest that compounds in Agarikon may stimulate the production of immune cells, potentially enhancing the body's ability to fight off infections.

  2. Antiviral Potential: Traditional uses of Agarikon include treating respiratory illnesses. Recent research has indicated that Agarikon extracts may have antiviral properties, making them a potential candidate for the development of new antiviral medications.

  3. Antioxidant Properties: Agarikon is rich in antioxidants, which can help combat oxidative stress and reduce cell damage. This makes it an attractive option for those interested in maintaining overall health and well-being.

The Agarikon mushroom, with its unique appearance, elusive habitat, and potential health benefits, is a true marvel of the natural world. As we continue to explore the depths of nature's offerings, Agarikon reminds us of the rich history and untapped potential of fungi in our quest for a healthier and more sustainable future. While Agarikon populations are dwindling due to habitat destruction, efforts to protect and preserve ancient forests are essential to ensure that this remarkable mushroom continues to inspire awe and offer potential medicinal benefits for generations to come.

Updated: Jun 29, 2023


Ever wonder how much the common edible mushroom benefits your health? We know they are delicious when added to dishes, sauteed, added to veggie smoothies, teas, salads, etc. but which method of consumption has more advantages to your overall well-being; raw or cooked? When exposed to heat, the cellular wall of the mushroom breaks down and allows the beneficial compounds to become bio-available. This means your body then has the ability to absorb and utilize the goodness that our fungi friends provide! Below, is some information that is often overlooked in our culture while countries such as Japan and China have known and used mushrooms for thousands of years to maintain and improve health.


Mushrooms contain essential amino acids, protein, beta glucans, polysaccharides, vitamins and minerals such as; B and D vitamins, potassium, zinc, magnesium and more! Acting as a prebiotic, detoxifier and fortifier of the immune function, they are low in calories, low in fat, cholesterol free and high in antioxidants. All of these benefits are fundamentals for a nutritious diet. The complex combination of beneficial compounds are unlocked when heated.

Add mushrooms to soups, sauces, sautés and if you have a supplement powder form you can also add to tea, coffee, smoothies, yogurt. Get creative with this nutritional addition to your meals and beverages! Many species are considered to be gourmet mushrooms including Lion's Mane, Chantarelles, Shiitake, Maitake, Morel, Oyster mushrooms, Portobello and Cremini (which are the same mushroom in different stages of the life cycle). Several gems can be found in the produce section of your local grocery store! Most are found while foraging in their natural habitat.

If you aren't too keen on the taste of mushrooms you can always supplement your diet with capsules or bulk powder. There is always a way to incorporate them into anyone's daily regimen!


We should not ignore that fact that edible mushrooms contribute essential and beneficial properties that our bodies need and provide building blocks for good health. If included in our daily diet, we will improve our health, which also contributes to our disposition of mind and body! With all of the research that has been and continues to be done, we should consider routinely adding mushrooms to our meals. They are important just like fruit, vegetables, grain, nuts and meat: hence, the forgotten food group! In addition, always remember to drink plenty of water, get exercise as well as eating healthy. Get some sunshine while simultaneously getting Vitamin D to improve bone health and aid in mood elevation when you're down. At night, relax muscles from head to toe, breathe long slow breaths, know that you are okay just the way you are as you prepare for the day's end and for a good night sleep. Enhance health, enjoy life! Take care of the only body you have and add the forgotten food group to your food pyramid. Be well, be healthy on your journey!



Cordyceps sinensis is a fungus that has traditional medicinal uses dating back more than 2,000 years. It was discovered on the Himalayan Plateau by Tibetan farmers who observed livestock that had eaten the tiny fungus exhibited higher energy levels, higher reproduction rate and exceptionally good health. Since then, Cordyceps sinensis has been used in the history of traditional Chinese medicine to treat illnesses related to lungs and kidneys. It has also been used to treat coughs and improve the immune system. Cordyceps sinensis is used as an aphrodisiac and to enhance energy in Chinese medicine without adverse side effects. This Atypical fungus is believed to improve respiratory function, leaving one feeling naturally energized and ready for activities by optimizing the body's utilization of oxygen.

The natural habitat of Cordyceps sinensis is cold, in high elevation and has an extremely unique proliferation method so it is difficult to reproduce in a laboratory. A species of Cordyceps called Cordyceps militaris, has nearly identical effects and can be grown in laboratories.

There have been reports of surprisingly quick results, some feeling energized upon first dose! Whether young or aging adult, many have experienced the benefits of this fungus. This is one that you will likely never find when foraging mushrooms in the wild, so the next best option is a health food store, co-op or perhaps a Naturopathic health provider. It may come powdered and encapsulated or sold in bulk powder. Cordyceps is often formulated with other potent mushroom powders to create a well rounded supplement. This is the featured fungus in MycoFormulas Endurance blend. You can click here to see the ingredients list.


These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any illness.

These statements have not yet been evaluated by the FDA.


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