What Are The Benefits Of Adaptogenic Mushrooms? 🍄
Most of us cook with mushrooms but do we know the plethora of health benefits these magical funghis provide and how they can help our immune systems?
Whole Foods named so-called “functional mushrooms”, used for centuries in traditional medicine, as one of the top 10 food trends of 2018. Suddenly, exotic varieties such as reishi, chaga, cordyceps and lion’s mane are turning up in everything from powders and extracts to coffees, teas, smoothies, broths, chocolates, face creams and shower gels.
Mushrooms traditionally associated with medicinal properties are not always tasty on their own. (Chaga, for example, has the taste and texture of tree bark.) From a nutritional standpoint, the varieties we commonly eat and cook with are quite beneficial for you. Edible mushrooms are low in calories (one cup of raw sliced white mushrooms is only 16 calories), rich in protein and fibre, and a great source of B vitamins as well as minerals such as potassium, copper and selenium.
Read below various types of mushrooms that now exist on the market and how they can be exceptionally beneficial to our health.
1. Lion's Mane
Research has found that lion's mane may protect against dementia, reduce mild symptoms of anxiety and depression and may help repair nerve damage. It also known to have strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting abilities and been shown to lower the risk of heart related problems and other ailments.
Did you know that we stock Lion's Mane in both organic powder form and capsule form? Don't forget you can buy one get one half price on all products storewide!
Cordyceps has been shown to improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. It may also help fight inflammation and dangerous cells, particularly with lung or skin conditions. Natural cordyceps can be difficult to source online and in health stores. We are happy to announce that we offer a great vegan supplement of this mushroom, Terranova Cordyceps 500mg.
People most commonly use cordyceps for athletic performance, kidney disorders, liver problems, and sexual problems, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Fan-shaped and orange and reddish in colour, reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum for us science nerds!) are a rare find in nature! Reishi was known to be typically reserved for only royalty when they were first used in Asian cultures thousands of years ago. Today, they're grown and commercially and widely consumed and sold in a variety of formats, including tea, capsules, and even hot drinks like hot cocoa, beauty products and lots more.
Indeed, reishi mushrooms exhibit a plethora of the qualities that make medicinal mushrooms so stimulating; they're adaptogenic stress-soothers and high in antioxidants, which is why they've long been a staple of Eastern medicine. No wonder everyone in the wellness world seems to be bowing to this mushroom. We recommend Irish Botanica Reishi which can be bought on our website.
Chaga mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and may have several potential health benefits. Along with most other medicinal mushrooms, Chaga is rich in beta-glucans which is one of the most potent and healing polysaccharides (the most abundant carbohydrates found in food) known. This can be amazingly beneficial for improving our immune health.
Chaga has been revered in folk medicine for centuries to encourage gastrointestinal health and digestive comfort. Mushrooms 4 Life Organic mushroom chaga powder is an ideal way to get the protective antioxidant benefits of this all-round nutritional powerhouse in an economical powder. Just add 1-2 servings to any food, drink, smoothies or tea!
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