Mushrooms are truly magical. They are one of natures greatest gifts that could be growing right outside your door. For thousands of years people have turned to mushrooms for their amazing healing and health boosting benefits. These five “magic” mushrooms are true powerhouses.
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Lions Mane Mushroom
This funny looking mushroom looks a little like the scruff of a lion. Being used for thousands of years in Asia, its said to give one “nerves of steel, and memory of a lion”. It’s associated with major brain repair, potential cancer fighting power and is currently undergoing research on many other health benefits.
Lions Mane mushroom is considered to be a nootropic mushroom. What exactly is a nootropic? Nootropics are substances which improve cognitive functions such as memory, focus, creativity and motivation. Often referred to as a “think food” Lions Mane is commonly taken to increase memory, concentration and overall focus.
But how does it affect the brain?
Lions Mane mushroom helps to penetrate the blood brain barrier and enhances neurite outgrowth in the brain. It has been shown to potentially have the power to slow or reverse cell de-generation in the brain, the main characteristic found in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Studies have also shown to potentially slow or reverse the spread of cancer, aid in preventing heart disease, improve digestive health, boost immune system and reduce inflammation.
While not being boosting or sedative (Not an upper or a downer) this magical brain mushroom can be taken first thing in the morning or late in the night. It’s recommended to take as a daily supplement to see its full potential. For me, I start noticing memory benefits after 4-5 weeks.
The name Reishi or Ling Zhi in Chinese represents “a combination of spiritual potency and essence of immortality” its tied to success, well-being, divine power and longevity.
Known as “King of Mushrooms”, Reishi is a strong anti-inflammatory, tied to longevity, better immune function and mental clarity.
Reishi is commonly taken for its calming effects and helps you to get into a focused “zen like state”. Its considered to be an adaptogenic herb.
You may be wondering, “What’s an Adaptogen?” Adaptogens help you to adapt and deal with daily stress and internal hormonal imbalances. Stressors could include anything from a hectic schedule, extreme heat or cold, or even a loud distracting environment.
What’s the secret behind Reishi’s healing potential?
Its contains various active ingredients such as:
- Complex sugars known as beta-glucans.
- Plant sterols which act as precursors to hormones in the body.
- Polysaccharides that fight cancer cell development.
- Triterpenes which turn off the body’s response to allergies.
That being said this “Mushroom of Immortality” should not be over looked.
These little beauties are currently the second most popular and third most widely cultivated mushrooms in the world. Why are they considered to be so powerful? It’s because of their anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. But that’s not all shiitake is known for…
Shiitake mushrooms are a great source of vitamin B, they support adrenal function and turn nutrients from food into energy. B vitamins also help your body make red blood cells, protecting your body from anemia.
Shiitake has the ability to boost your immune system improving your body’s ability to fight viral and bacterial infections. Although not being a proven remedy, research has shown that shiitake may have the ability to fight cancer cells and other infectious diseases.
This crusty looking mushroom is the star in the mushroom world and is often found in special tea and coffee. Let’s dive into the wide variety of fascinating health benefits Chaga has to offer.
For starters, Chaga has the highest ORAC value of any food. Why should you care? ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity”. The higher the ORAC value, the better the foods ability to protect the body from disease causing free radicals. Simply put, Chaga mushroom is one of the best antioxidants.
The high antioxidant levels in Chaga fungi support cellular regeneration, protect against cellular damage and genetic mutation.
Chaga helps regulate your immune system. Having an over active immune system causes inflammation, which then leads to many other chronic issues.
Essentially Chaga will help boost longevity and healing, making you feel amazing inside and out.
Harvested high ups in the mountain regions of China and Tibet, Cordyceps aren’t a typical mushroom. Cordyceps infect caterpillars and grow inside of them. Eventually killing the host, the mushroom sprouts out of the caterpillars head. Kinda creepy isn’t it?
Considered to be “exotic” healers, Cordycep mushrooms have been mostly rare for much of history.
Cordyceps help strengthen weak immune systems and adrenal depletion caused by physical, dietary and environmental stressors. They work with the endocrine system to balance hormones.
Research has shown that Cordyceps positively benefit cardiovascular, respiratory and reproductive systems.
Used in frequently in athletics, Cordyceps are known to provide a huge boost in energy, increasing stamina, lung capacity and oxygen utilization. This is mainly because they boost the body’s supply of ATP, one of the primary sources for energy during exercise.
Saving The Best For Last…
Medicinal mushrooms contain a wide variety of very powerful health promoting agents. While you can eat them raw, cook them and even brew them, the most common and easiest way to consume high quality medicinal mushrooms is in supplement form.
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