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About Host Defense

Host Defense fuses the skill sets of two experts: Paul Stamets and C. Dusty Yao. Paul's long-time expertise in the taxonomy and cultivation of mushrooms perfectly matched C. Dusty Yao's years of making herbal extracts. The marriage—literally—of these two experts gave rise to the Host Defense products you enjoy today. Their shared passion for exploring the natural world, from thousands of hours of hiking (and laughing) through the old growth forest, and their combined ideas created the wellspring that gave birth to Host Defense.

Join Host Defense as they continue to walk this path of exploration and healing, blending modern science with ancient traditions and honoring and sharing the wisdom of nature. Host Defense is more than a product line: They are on a myco-mission to spread the power of mushrooms supporting healthy lifestyles.

Host Defense is also devoted to helping the community. With support from Host Defense, Washington State University investigates ways to help overcome honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder with the help of mushrooms.

About Host Defense Products

Host Defense® Mushrooms

Host Defense Mushrooms

Why take a medicinal mushroom for health?

Mushrooms are the original superfood, used cross-culturally for 1000s of years. Mushrooms support natural immunity and provide nutrients to support every body system, from brain and nerves to energy to skin cells.* Modern science continues to recognize the array of health-supporting compounds found in mushrooms*

Why choose Host Defense? Because their mushrooms are certified organic, Non-GMO, supported by clinical and in-vitro studies, and 100 percent sustainably cultivated at their own farm in Washington State.

Host Defense® MycoBotanicals

Host Defense MycoBotanicals

Throughout history, mushrooms and herbs have been strategically combined to support health. Current research recognizes that mushrooms provide a vast number of compounds that support most systems of the body, including enzymes, antioxidants, polysaccharides and prebiotics.*

Organic herbs offer myriad benefits to our bodies as well, including support for detoxification, hormonal balance, stress reduction and healthy brain function.* Their complementary constituents enhance the function and support provided by organic mushrooms.*

Host Defense® MycoBotanicals: a time-tested partnership for optimal health*

(*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. For educational purposes only.)

WholeFoods Magazine 2016 Natural Choice Awards Supplements: Immune Health Winner – Host Defense® MyCommunity®


According to SPINS data*, Host Defense - MyCommunity is the #1 best-selling mushroom supplement in the country, which may be the reason for Fungi Perfecti winning in the Immune Health category. The liquid and capsule product is formulated with 17 activated, freeze-dried and certified organic mushroom species such as Artist Conk, Lion’s Mane and Birch Polypore.

*Source: SPINSscan Natural/Natural Products Supermarkets >$2MM / Total US - Natural Channel / Mushrooms Ingredient Report, 52 weeks ending 12/27/2015.

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About Host Defense

Host Defense fuses the skill sets of two experts: Paul Stamets and C. Dusty Yao. Paul's long-time expertise in the taxonomy and cultivation of mushrooms perfectly matched C. Dusty Yao's years of making herbal extracts. The marriage—literally—of these two experts gave rise to the Host Defense products you enjoy today. Their shared passion for exploring the natural world, from thousands of hours of hiking (and laughing) through the old growth forest, and their combined ideas created the wellspring that gave birth to Host Defense.

Join Host Defense as they continue to walk this path of exploration and healing, blending modern science with ancient traditions and honoring and sharing the wisdom of nature. Host Defense is more than a product line: They are on a myco-mission to spread the power of mushrooms supporting healthy lifestyles.

Host Defense is also devoted to helping the community. With support from Host Defense, Washington State University investigates ways to help overcome honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder with the help of mushrooms.

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About Host Defense Products

Host Defense® Mushrooms

Host Defense Mushrooms

Why take a medicinal mushroom for health?

Mushrooms are the original superfood, used cross-culturally for 1000s of years. Mushrooms support natural immunity and provide nutrients to support every body system, from brain and nerves to energy to skin cells.* Modern science continues to recognize the array of health-supporting compounds found in mushrooms*

Why choose Host Defense? Because their mushrooms are certified organic, Non-GMO, supported by clinical and in-vitro studies, and 100 percent sustainably cultivated at their own farm in Washington State.

Host Defense® MycoBotanicals

Host Defense MycoBotanicals

Throughout history, mushrooms and herbs have been strategically combined to support health. Current research recognizes that mushrooms provide a vast number of compounds that support most systems of the body, including enzymes, antioxidants, polysaccharides and prebiotics.*

Organic herbs offer myriad benefits to our bodies as well, including support for detoxification, hormonal balance, stress reduction and healthy brain function.* Their complementary constituents enhance the function and support provided by organic mushrooms.*

Host Defense® MycoBotanicals: a time-tested partnership for optimal health*

(*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. For educational purposes only.)

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WholeFoods Magazine 2016 Natural Choice Awards Supplements: Immune Health Winner – Host Defense® MyCommunity®


According to SPINS data*, Host Defense - MyCommunity is the #1 best-selling mushroom supplement in the country, which may be the reason for Fungi Perfecti winning in the Immune Health category. The liquid and capsule product is formulated with 17 activated, freeze-dried and certified organic mushroom species such as Artist Conk, Lion’s Mane and Birch Polypore.

*Source: SPINSscan Natural/Natural Products Supermarkets >$2MM / Total US - Natural Channel / Mushrooms Ingredient Report, 52 weeks ending 12/27/2015.

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These organic edible mushrooms come in sprays and capsules to guarantee easy intake and digestion. With gluten and dairy free options, you are sure to find the right type of organic mushrooms. Host Defense is grown in the USA, sustainably cultivated, and certified organic. Purchase yours today from Pharmaca.