Meet the Heroes
All our bites are made from premium and organic ingredients. But it’s our Hero “stacks” that make them truly special! So who are our Heroes? And what makes them so special?
There’s many names people call me by, such as “pom pom mushroom,” “bearded tooth,” or “monkey head.” I owe these nicknames to my peculiar appearance – a spherical form with hanging threads looking like hairs or manes.
According to the stories, I was discovered by shepherds in the Himalayas of ancient Tibet and Nepal. They noticed that their Yaks always frolicked playfully after grazing in areas where I grow.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they call me “Lingzhi” and I am known as the queen of mushrooms. I am at the TCM top of 365 healing plants and mushrooms because I have supported human vitality for thousands of years.
I’m the well-behaved sister of the cannabis family who can’t make you high. Luckily, I have many other uses: while about 10.000 years ago I was only a raw material for cloths, today I’m also used for shoes, medicines, cosmetics, agriculture, paper, construction materials, fuel, and food.
I'm the berry of guaraná, a climbing plant from the Amazon. My name is derived from the native Sateré-Maué language and means “fruit like human eyes” or “eyes of the gods” – an ode to my eye-like shape when I am ripe.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lion’s mane is primarily used to treat stomach and digestion problems. In addition, the mushroom has an important function for general recovery, as an anti-inflammatory, a bacterial killer, and for balancing in your immune system.
The Latin name “Hericium Erinaceus” is derived from “Hericenones” and “Erinacines”, 2 compounds in Lion's Mane. Hericenones stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) in your brain. Erinacines are among the few substances in nature small enough to pass through your blood-brain barrier. As a result, Lion's mane is able to promote Neurogenesis – the repair and production of new neurons and neural connections in your brain.
In Asian cuisine, Lion's mane is often used as a culinary meat substitute. In the wild, the mushroom grows mainly on composting hardwoods in North America, China, Japan and Europe.
Lion's mane is in the Flow and Unwind bites to support your focus, brain health, and digestive system.
Although Cordyceps has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 1,300 years, this mushroom only became known to us in 1993. That year, China's Olympic women's track and field team broke 3 world records in 1 week. The secret behind this success turned out not to be doping, but an elixir in which Cordyceps played the leading role.
Energy & libido
In your body, Cordyceps brings oxygen to your cells – and oxygen as fuel supports your stamina and reduces the risk of disease. It also stimulates your ATP production (the energy source for all your muscles), so you are more active and less tired.
Cordyceps also has anti-inflammatory applications, it supports your immune system and stimulates your blood circulation and testosterone production. Because of these last 2 functions, Cordyceps contributes to a healthy libido, giving this this mushroom the nickname “Cordysex”.
Cordyceps is also popularly called “Caterpillar Mushroom,” because in the wild this mushroom grows from insect larvae. This parasitic trait is reflected in zombie movies, Star Trek Discovery, and the video game The Last of Us. Don't worry, though, our Cordyceps is completely vegan – the mushroom is grown on a plantbased substrate and thus not from insects.
In the Endurance and
Reishi reduces oxidation (think “rust”) — both externally of your skin and internally of your DNA and mitochondria (your body's energy factories). It keeps your skin clean and young, and your body fit and vital - this is how Reishi contributes to healthy aging (ageing while staying fit).
Protection & anti -allergy
By stimulating the blood and oxygen circulation in your body, Reishi helps you to function optimally. At the same time, it supports your immune system in protecting against parasites, bacteria and viruses.
One of Reishi's "terpenes" (flavors and fragrances) suppresses the "histamine reaction" (=allergic reaction) of your body.
Balance and tranquility
Other terpenes from Reishi balance your endocrine system. You relax and sleep more deeply – and everyone knows that you have more energy after a good night's sleep.
Due to her powerful potential, Reishi in ancient China was only accessible to people of royal blood. But with us you will find her in the Unwind bite, she calms you without sedating you and she contributes to the vitality of your body and mind.
In 1940, one of the main cannabinoids (active components of cannabis plants) was discovered: “cannabidiol” – better known as CBD. Unfortunately, the prohibition of cannabis has limited scientific research for a long time, but we now know that the human body has an internal cannabinoid system with receptors (receivers) for CBD and other cannabinoids on every organ.
Physical & mental health
For this reason CBD is a real jack of all trades: it reduces pain, calms you down, helps you sleep, and promotes a healthy appetite. CBD can also be used as a natural anti-inflammatory – and thus soothe all kinds of injuries and (chronic) illnesses.
Finally, CBD has an anti-psychoactive (perception-altering) effect, which balances the high-making THC and can contribute to your mental health.
At the dawn of the 21st century, hemp was rediscovered as one of the most sustainable raw materials in the world. The reason? It is one of the fastest growing plants after bamboo. In addition to its versatile applications, the crop protects the soil against unwanted plants and erosion, helps with land reclamation, and is able to extract toxic substances and heavy metals from the earth.
That's why we only use CBD from hemp grown on a clean soil. In the Unwind bite CBD contributes to physical and mental relaxation, pain reduction, and a healthy appetite.
Guaraná seeds contain an average of 4.7% caffeine, which is 2-3 times as much as the coffee bean! This makes Guaraná one of nature's strongest stimulants. For this reason, indigenous peoples have been making tea from Guaraná for centuries and you can now find Guaraná extracts in all kinds of soft drinks and energy drinks.
Energy & protection
We all know the effects of caffeine: it keeps you awake, gives you energy and a cheerful feeling. Because the guaraná seeds contain a lot of fiber, the effect is steady and long-lasting and you will not experience a peak or crash as is often the case with coffee or energy drinks.
What many do not know is that caffeine is also a strong antioxidant in other words, a protector of your body cells. In addition, Guaraná also contains theophylline and theobromine, making the antioxidant profile comparable to that of green tea. Theophylline helps your lungs and heart function optimally and theobromine works like a caffeine light.
Learning & attention span
In low doses, Guaraná supports your memory and attention span and contribute to your productivity. That is why there is only a little Guaraná in the Flow bite so that it can help you concentrate and learn.
In the Endurance bite contains a lot of Guaraná so that you remain energetic and alert for a long time and can perform optimally.