From the Vendor: Wolfiporia extensa, also known as Wolfiporia cocos, Poria, and Poria cocos, is a fungus in the family Polyporaceae. It is a wood-decay fungus but has a terrestrial growth habit. Wolfiporia extensa is well known for its large sclerotium, which is a large mass of Wolfiporia mycelium that looks like a coconut. Traditional Chinese practices has utilitzed the scerotium of Poria cocos for thousands of years.
There were several Wolfiporia cocos mushroom uses in Traditional Chinese practices. Poria cocos is arguably one of the most commonly used mushrooms in Traditional Chinese practices. Anecdotal evidence suggests Poria cocos mushroom promotes respiratory, digestive, cellular, and organ health. Some believe that Poria cocos carries compounds that promote cognitive function as well.
Wolfiporia extensa is a source of a triterpenoid compound known as pachymic acid. Pachymic acid has been the object of scientific study based upon the mushroom’s role in traditional Chinese usage. Pachymic acid has shown promise in supporting healthy cellular function. Modern science additionally found Poria cocos mushroom to be rich in beta glucans and triterpenoids, a class of compounds that may help promote healthy levels of oxidation. The popularity in Traditional Chinese practices has spurred research into investigating more Poria mushroom benefits. Small scale studies were able to see correlation with wolfiporia extensa supplementation and these Poria benefits. Some results were convincing enough to warrant further advanced research.
Poria Mushroom Benefits and Uses
May help support cellular function
May help promote immune health
May help support digestive health
May help promote respiratory function
May help support brain health
Poria cocos in Traditional Chinese Practices
Poria cocos mushroom carries a large amount of bioactive compounds like a collection of monosaccharides, triterpene derivatives, and several unique amino acids. These compounds work in tandem with one another to produce a diverse profile of Poria cocos benefits that promote whole body health with a focus on nootropic effects that may help promote brain health and cognitive function.
Traditional Chinese practices used Poria extensively in combination with other natural compounds. One of the more common pairings with Poria mushroom extract is Polygala Tenuifolia. This combination was used in Traditional Chinese practices with the sole purpose of promoting cognitive function. Scientific research suggests that Poria mushroom extract may help support cerebral blood flow. This improved blood flow supports memory formation and promote levels of acetylcholine! Among their benefits, Polygala and Poria cocos benefits have cognitive promoting effects on their own, however, Many people report that Poria and Polygala have a synergistic relationship with each other, enhancing each other’s effects.