Woodear 30ml Extract


Easily the strangest mushroom in our armamentarium, this gelatinous, bizarre looking mushroom is known throughout the world for its wonderful culinary uses & its extraordinary medicinal benefits. 

  1. Blood tonic – assists in circulation
  2. Cardiovascular tonic
  3. Lowers blood pressure and clotting
  4. Lowers cholesterol levels
  5. Cardioprotective 


The first mention of wood ear mushrooms come from the Tang dynasty around 618 – 907 BCE where it is heralded as the first species to be cultivated, however this mushroom is much more infamous thanks to a fable from biblical times; the legend goes that Judas Iscariot hung himself from an elder tree after betraying Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, towns folk gathered around the following morning & to their astonishment they saw little rubbery ears growing from the base of the tree. It is believed that Judas’ wished to atone for his transgressions & thus left a piece of himself on earth in the hopes of one day hearing the return of his lord – and ask for forgiveness. 

It it is renowned as a great edible in times of famine in places like Hawaii, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, China & Japan- all calling it different names but with the same meaning – ear. In folk medicine it was used to treat sore throats, sore eyes & jaundice – it was boiled in milk, beer, vinegar & taken for inflammation of the throat. 

In Ghana it was correctly used as a blood tonic, but by far the majority of medical history comes from ancient Asia where it was & still is used to activate blood, stop pain, & assist circulation. 

Wood ear mushrooms contain some interesting phytochemicals including beta glucans, proteoglycans, adenosine & various active polysaccharides such as heteropolysaccharide glucans & acidic heteroglycans. By far its most prized & unmatched potential lies in improving the cardiovascular system. 

Adenosine in wood ears show a potent inhibitory effect on platelet aggregation, blood clotting, improved blood pressure & heart health. It inhibits ADP-induced aggregation of platelets thereby warding off cerebrovascular & cardiovascular diseases. Reduced levels of serum LDL cholesterol are also seen from this fungus. Long term uses has been verified to help to keep cholesterol levels in check & the various polysaccharides in this mushroom have a direct action on coagulation & blood clotting. This can help to improve circulation & may prevent heart attacks, strokes & arterial damage that can lead to heart disease. Various studies have proven that this mushroom decreases the atherogenic index by up to 40%. 

This mushrooms cardio-protective effects were confirmed, thanks to a haematologist attending medical school in Minnesota – the student pricked his finger in a blood clotting test, when his blood failed to clot the ensuring investigation traced the cause to the wood ear mushrooms he had consumed the night before in a Chinese Szechwan restaurant.