Magically Healthy Mushrooms For your Wellbeing
Mushrooms are wondrous and magical fungi. These ancient medicines are healthy and perfect for supporting your physical and mental wellbeing.
Did you know that if you compare DNA, mushrooms are actually closer to humans than they are to plants?
Mushrooms are the latest adaptogenic craze, but they have been used for their health and wellbeing properties for centuries. You’ll find powders, tablets, drops, and beverages popping up all over Instagram and in the trendiest healthy cafes and shops. Adaptogenic mushrooms have remarkable properties for your brain activity. They’re magic, but not that kind of magic. They have been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine to treat various health issues and, in particular, to support the immune system and the mind.
Mushrooms are one of the most scientifically studied superfoods. What was once a nice supplement is now easy to find in organic and sustainable options too. Here are our favourite adaptogen mushroom options for every need.
Reishi mushrooms, also known as lingzhi, have been called the “mushroom of immortality”, for very good reason. They have powerful adaptogenic effects on the mind and body, as they’re packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. In addition, Reishi mushrooms have been shown to have analgesic effects, so they’re perfect for helping you relax and cope with stress.
Chaga is perfect for keeping inflammation under control. If you want to lower inflammation in your body, Chaga is your number one choice. Chaga mushrooms are full of incredible antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help your body fight inflammation and free radicals. Chaga modulates the immune system and can be used to help fight off infections and premature ageing.
This adaptogenic mushroom supports your adrenal glands and helps your body produce and maintain consistent energy levels. Great if you need a boost of energy! Cordyceps increase cellular oxygen absorption and help fight fatigue, boosts strength and stamina, and can improve exercise performance.
This mushroom is a natural powerhouse for the health of your brain. In fact, Lion’s Mane stimulates the production of NGF (nerve growth factor), a bioprotein that is fundamental in the maintenance, health, and regeneration of neurons in the brain. The mushroom has been shown to have pharmacological activity in the prevention of conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. For everyday use, it helps improve memory, helps with concentration, and improves mental clarity.
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This is your classic adaptogenic mushroom, available in most grocery shops! Shiitake mushrooms have been an ally for longevity in Asia for centuries. This is because they’re packed with B vitamins, vitamin D, and zinc. In addition, they boost the immune system and support cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure, working as an antioxidant to protect the arteries, and helping to lower cholesterol levels. Plus, they taste absolutely delicious!
Turkey Tail is your immune system’s best friend. This adaptogenic fungus has efficient antiviral properties, making it powerful for preventing infections. They have two potent polysaccharides compounds called PSP and PSK, with proven effects on boosting immune function. Turkey tail mushrooms may also have some gut-healing benefits as they contain prebiotics.
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