Looking for something to add to your daily routine to support your 2019 health goals? Look no further than medicinal mushroom supplements. Mushrooms have become an increasingly popular lifestyle supplement over the last few years, with mushroom lattes, mushroom chocolate and even mushroom facial care products popping up all over the market, but why are mushroom supplements so great and which one should you choose for your new year health kick?
Mushrooms are having a moment. They became a wellness trend in 2018 as interest in functional foods and health grew. Mushrooms have long been used in traditional medicine, and as we seek to get back in touch with these ancient traditions they have gained in popularity. We share about 50% of our DNA with fungi, and they are a very bio-available medicine to us. Cultures around the world have used them for thousands of years to promote health and modern-day scientific research is now beginning to back up their healing properties.
Mushroom supplements are rich in compounds like beta-glucans which help to regulate the immune system- suppressing or stimulating as needed. All medicinal mushrooms have immune system benefits, but they also contain a range of different compounds that makes them unique and suitable for different uses, here are just a few of their many benefits:
- Reishi contains triterpenes which are very effective anti-inflammatories and beneficial for allergies and hay-fever, especially in the Reishi spore form. Reishi mushroom powder has a bitter taste but is great mixed with chocolate…Try adding a scoop to your hot chocolate.
- Chaga is one of the richest food sources of antioxidants in the world, able to protect the body from free radical damage. Chaga powder is an excellent choice for beauty and digestive support. Add the powder from the mushroom capsules to your morning smoothie.
- Cordyceps contains compounds which are very beneficial for the lungs and energy production. It can be used to help support athletic performance and endurance as well as naturally supporting energy levels. Try adding cordyceps powder to your coffee to balance out any anxious or jittery side effects.
- Lion’s Mane has cognitive benefits and can support the nervous system and overall brain functioning. Lion’s mane powder is also rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.
- Shiitake is considered the “elixir of life” by Japanese elders. It has cardiovascular and immune benefits and is useful for digestive conditions due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- Maitake has been shown to have beneficial effects on the immune system, and potent anti-viral action. It also appears to show benefits for supporting blood sugar balance. Take in capsules, or try adding the powder from the capsules to soups for a tasty broth.
We want to help more people to learn about the wonderful world of fungi and support people to live a healthier life with the use of mushrooms. Why not start your January health kick with a helping of functional ‘shrooms.