Why Are Mushrooms Good For You?
There are thousands and thousands of edible mushroom species on the planet and some of them provide more than just great texture to your favorite dishes. Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries in the prevention and treatment of diseases. In fact there are multiple health benefits to medicinal mushrooms.
Improving immune function — Mushrooms contain beta-glucans, which have been found to help fight inflammation and aid the immune system. It is also believed that mushrooms have cancer-killing properties that slow the growth of tumors and boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
Increasing antioxidant activity — Many mushrooms contain powerful ingredients that neutralize free radicals and prevent cellular damage.
Managing stress — Medicinal mushrooms have adaptogenic properties, which means they help reduce the negative effects of stress on the body.
Supporting brain health — Some mushrooms contain compounds that support the growth, maintenance, and survival of the neurons in your brain.
Boosting energy — Certain mushrooms increase blood flow, sending more oxygen around your body, improving energy, focus, and vitality. They can also stimulate the production of ATP, one of the main sources of energy in your body’s cells.
While all mushrooms support overall immune health and increase antioxidant activity, some of are more well known for specific uses.
Chaga — Chaga is, of course, a rich source of antioxidants, which means it fights inflammation and free radical damage in the body, but it is also known for its anti-cancer and anti-tumor activity.
Reishi — Reishi have potent anti-inflammatory properties and promote longevity and immune health. It is especially helpful for calming nervous energy and anxiety and may support tired adrenals due to its adaptogenic effects.
Turkey Tail — The Turkey Tail mushroom helps lower cholesterol and also shows promise for cancer treatment and chemo support, HIV/AIDS patients, and even HPV.
Shiitake — A potent immune-boosting mushroom, Shiitakes have anti-tumor and antiviral properties and can be used for any and all diseases involving depressed immune function, including cancer, AIDS, environmental allergies, candida infections, and frequent flu and colds.
Lion’s Mane — Lion’s mane is most known for its ability to boost brain function and memory and to help prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. It stimulates the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which is involved in the maintenance and growth of neurons and communication in the brain.
Cordyceps — Cordyceps also has anti-inflammatory properties but they are most known for boosting energy levels and improving both physical and mental performance by improving oxygen uptake in the body. They are also known to reduce cortisol levels which improves the body’s response to stress.
So whether you take a tincture, add powder to your smoothies, or simply eat more medicinal mushrooms, take advantage of the magical powers contained in these unique fungi.