Medicinal Mushrooms

Who doesn’t like mushrooms? They are so tasty and can be prepared in so many ways and added to so many recipes…from soups, stews, salads, pizza, burger toppings, side dishes etc. There are so many good edible mushrooms to choose from…button, oyster, portobello, shiitake, cremini, king, enoki, etc.

For the purpose of this post I am going to visit “medicinal mushrooms”.

There are so many health benefits in consuming “medicinal mushrooms”.

I, for one, consume medical mushrooms every single day in the superfood powder I add to my breakfast smoothie and/or yogurt and granola breakfast.

Medicinal mushrooms have gained much attention in the past 25 years or so in the mainstream. But they were always used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Now you can find these amazing mushrooms in most health food stores and natural supplement aisles in North America and across the globe.

There are over 200 species of mushrooms used in health and wellness applications. They have proven to be therapeutic in the treatment of cancer, digestive health, liver health and autoimmunity conditions such as MS, brain and heart health and more.

The most important component of mushrooms is psilocybin known to boost immunity by stimulating production of T-lymphocytes and killer cells in the body.

I will go over a few of the more common medicinal mushrooms found in most supplement sections of health food stores. If any of these mushrooms sound like they may be of value to you and your health you can certainly get them into your diet through supplementation.

CHAGA: This mushroom grows on the bark of birch trees in the US and Canada. If you’ve walked in the woods and noticed a large black growth coming out of the bark of a birch tree then you’ve seen Chaga mushrooms. The benefits from chaga are many from good mental health, energy, anti-tumor, detoxifying, good digestion, blood sugar regulation, and immune boosting to name a few.

CORDYCEPS: Very popular in Chinese medicine and used for hundreds of years, cordyceps grow on moth larvae. The main benefit from cordyceps is increased energy because they deliver oxygen to the cells. Athletes include this mushroom in their arsenal to increase energy metabolism improving exercise performance. They are also used in the treatment of diabetes, cancer and asthma. Some other bonuses that come from taking cordyceps is improved hydration, break down of phlegm, energy boosting, antioxidant, heart health, kidney function and anti-viral.

REISHI: known to improve mind, body and spirit. It is known as the mushroom of long life. Benefits from REISHI include better digestion, anti-tumour, strengthening immunity, calming and reducing anxiety therefore promoting good sleep.

LION’S MANE: I’ve taken Lion’s Mane to help with immunity with my MS. Other benefits from Lion’s Mane include it being good brain food helping defend against dementia, anxiety relief, good for your gut and heart, helps your nervous system which is why it is so good for MS. Lion’s Mane is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer. It is safe with little to no side effects.

There are so many more medicinal mushrooms out there with so much to offer. Mother Nature is amazing…full of healthy treasures.

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