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Host Defense was founded by Paul Stamets, D.Sc., a leading mycologist, who has studied mushrooms for over forty years. He has discovered several new species of mushrooms, and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and functional mushroom cultivation.

Stamets’ extensive research recognizes that mushrooms provide essential nutrients to support a wide range of body systems, from cardiovascular, neurological and digestive systems, to lung, blood sugar, brain and even liver health*.

Host Defense® supplements are Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, U.S.-grown functional foods made from specially processed mushroom fruitbodies and mushroom mycelium (the root structure of the mushroom). The whole mushroom contains a range of compounds that support the functioning of almost every system of the body.* A portion of all proceeds generated from Host Defense sales are returned to sponsor research to preserve and protect mushrooms native to old growth forests, in addition to other mission-based projects to help people and planet.

The company’s BeeFriendly™ Initiative centers on using mushrooms to help the immune systems of honeybees, in an effort to reverse their population decline due to Colony Collapse Disorder. Bees need comprehensive immune support to combat the diseases, parasites, and toxins that drive their decline. When fed to honeybees in their sugar water, mushroom extracts like Chaga and Reishi are reducing viral burdens in honeybees up to 75%! Supporting Host Defense means supporting bee recovery research and development.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Video description: Excerpt from cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg’s documentary featuring Paul Stamets sharing his premise on how mushrooms can help save the world.