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Life Extension

5-mg 30-Capsules

Suitable for Vegetarians


Stay youthful with Life Extension Essential Youth L-Ergothioneine. Ergothioneine supplement provides 5mg of L-ergothioneine, a powerful anti-ageing formula that delivers this amino acid found in particular mushrooms that has powerful cell-protecting properties. One capsule of Essential Youth L-Ergothioneine provides as much L-ergothioneine as 2-5 cups of button mushrooms known for longevity and for the support of telomere length.

Found in foods, including certain mushrooms, ergothioneine is an amino acid that’s widely distributed throughout your body, but levels have been shown to decline as we age.1 Your body can’t produce it on its own, and it’s hard to get enough from a diet. 

This food-derived amino acid is thought to support long-term health through its free radical quenching and cell-protective properties.2 Ergothioneine has a highly specific transportation method into cells, suggesting it’s crucial for overall health. 3,4

L-Ergothioneine Key Benefits:

  • L-ergothioneine offers powerful cellular protection against oxidative stress5
  • May support healthy cellular aging by delaying telomere shortening5
  • May support cognitive1, vision6 and heart health7

Our in-house pharmacist, Shabir Daya has written an article about Essential Youth L-Ergothioneine benefits:

One daily Essential Youth L-Ergothioneine capsule is gluten-free, vegetarian and non-GMO, and provides as much L-ergothioneine as two to five cups of white button mushrooms.

Directions: As a food supplement, take one capsule of Essential Youth L-Ergothioneine daily, or as recommended by a healthcare professional.

When using nutritional supplements, please consult with your healthcare professional if you are undergoing treatment for a medical condition. Do not use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.

Serving Size: 1 (one) vegetarian capsule

Amount per Serving % DV*
Vitamin C (from ascorbyl palmitate) 5mg 6%
ErgoActive® (L-Ergothioneine) 5mg **
Other ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Vegetable Cellulose (Capsule), Rice Bran, Silica. 

*Daily Value **Daily Value not established 

ErgoActive® is a registered mark of Blue California.

What time of day should I take L-Ergothioneine?  
This can be taken any time of the day with or without food.

How soon will I see the results of L-Ergothioneine?
We suggest allowing approx 4-6 weeks to see results but this can differ from person to person

I cannot take pills. Can I open the L-Ergothioneine capsule?
Yes, you can open and sprinkle over food/mix with a drink. 

How large is L-Ergothioneine capsule?
The L-Ergothioneine capsule is approx 2cm long.

Can I take L-Ergothioneine when I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Do not use during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

  1. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2016;478(1):162-167.
  2. Cell Death Differ. 2010;17(7):1134-40.
  3. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005;102(14):5256-61.
  4. Antioxidant & Redox Signaling 2017;26(5)
  5. J Diet Suppl. 2020:1-14.
  6. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. 1982;30(5):441-443.
  7. Heart. 2020;106(9):691-697.

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Product Code: LFX0008