For me, Quality, Integrity and Transparency are key!
Turkey Tail and Chaga pack a little extra punch in this area and are some of my go-to's for optimizing the immune system in general.
As a Naturopathic Doctor and a Registered Acupuncturist/Chinese Medicine Practitioner, I prescribe medicinal mushrooms within my practice on a regular basis. For me, quality, integrity and transparency are key when selecting what companies I prescribe from. The SW Organic Chaga is wild harvested in northern Ontario, and the rest of their mushrooms are organic and grown in their own mushroom facility in Pemberton, BC - I love knowing how and where the mushrooms are grown and, of course, that they are LOCAL!:)
Favourite Mushrooms to prescribe?
That’s a tough one, I love them all!! I would say my tops are Lion’s Mane, Turkey Tail, Reishi and Cordyceps. It depends on what we’re trying to achieve with the patient’s health goals. They all have their place for addressing particular health concerns as well as optimizing health.
What inspired you to formulate the Focus Gummies?
I would say that they are multi-inspirational. Like Chris, I have sustained a number of concussions in sports and have been through concussion rehab multiple times. Lion’s Mane has been a staple in my personal and prescriptive post-concussive syndrome programming because of its potent effect on neural tissue. I also have a high demand for my brain through work and need additional support to meet my workload and cognitive functioning. The other herbs in the gummies are Ashwagandha and Bacopa, both are traditional Ayurvedic Medicinal herbs that have been used for thousands of years.
Do you have mushrooms that you add in seasonally?
YES! I love to emphasize Turkey Tail and Chaga in the fall and winter. Early fall is a great time to optimize our immune systems, as we are the most vulnerable to colds and flu in winter. Although all of the medicinal mushrooms boast immune-modulating properties, Turkey Tail and Chaga pack a little extra punch in this area and are some of my go-to's for optimizing the immune system in general.