Our Mushrooms and their Benefits:
Packed with antioxidants, the Turkey Tail mushroom is a great ally against cancer. Rich in Phenol and Flavonoid antioxidants, this mushroom promotes a healthy immune system by reducing inflammation while providing numerous protective compounds such as polysaccharides.
This wonderful mushroom may also aid the immune system during cancer treatment as it contains PSP and PSK compounds. Interestingly, Turkey Tail has been shown to increase the survival rate amongst cancer patients. Lastly, Turkey Tail contains prebiotic compounds that help regulate gut bacteria balance by providing extra fiber for healthy gut bacteria.
Growing from the bodies of dead insects, Cordyceps is another type of fungus with a long list of benefits. Used by athletes, it is primarily known for its energy/libido-boosting qualities as this fungus may promote higher ATP production. In turn, this may allow for better muscle recovery.
Cordyceps may also promote better oxygen use and blood flow with studies showing an increase in VO2 max amongst participants who consumed Cordyceps over six weeks. Cordyceps has also been shown to decrease LDL cholesterol, lowering chances of heart disease.
Known more as a brain booster, this unique-looking mushroom holds many benefits for brain health. Like all other mushrooms, it's rich in antioxidants, however, Lion's Mane is known to provide a certain mental clarity.
This mushroom also promotes nerve growth factor (NFG) and myelin production. These proteins are crucial for the maintenance of sensory neurons. As such, Lion's Mane may help prevent neurological diseases such as Alzeimhers. Lastly, some studies have shown that regular consumption of Lion's Mane mushroom improves cognition, memory, concentration, and reduces stress/anxiety.
Rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants the Chaga mushroom is indeed a superfood. Consumed mostly in powder form, this mushroom is known for slowing the aging process. Being so rich in antioxidants, this mushroom is very effective at fighting oxidative stress. This type of stress manifests itself through physical signs of aging including grey hair and wrinkles.
Moreover, the Chaga mushroom is full of antioxidants that help lower LDL cholesterol and thus promoting better cardiovascular health. Like many of the mushrooms listed here, this mushroom can also lower inflammation, reduce blood pressure, and may prevent or slow cancer growth.
Perhaps the most well-known of the list, the Reishi mushroom is perhaps the most versatile of them all in terms of health benefits. This mushroom has been used for thousands of years in China, notably by monks for its calming and soothing effects. More recently, as a mood booster, Reishi has been used to treat insomnia, reduce anxiety, and lower stress.
Additionally, studies have shown that Reishi can be used as an adjunct cancer treatment reducing the chances of cancer coming back by eliminating remaining cancerous cells. Reishi also works as a great immune system modulator. This quality may help individuals who face severe allergies and those who seek to further boost their immune system.
Another popular mushroom, the Shiitake mushroom has been incorporated into multiple cuisine styles. However, this mushroom may also be administered in supplement form and easily added to your daily diet.
Rich in vitamin B, minerals, and fiber the supplement form of Shiitake is commonly used as medication in Eastern Asia. This mushroom is also rich in compounds such as Beta Glucans and Sterols that help regulate and lower cholesterol.
Additionally, the Shiitake mushroom is full of healthy polysaccharide carbohydrates that provide anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating attributes.