More and more third-party research proves that medicinal mushrooms have a wide range of health benefits to suit individual needs. No matter who you are or what your health concerns may be, medicinal mushrooms can take you to the next level in wellness. Read below to find out what today’s research is identifying about this new fungi food group.

Shiitake Mushroom
Shiitake mushrooms are popular in Japanese cuisine and are gaining more interest in Western culture. Shiitake has been used for centuries to aid with a variety of ailments because it is high in vitamins that are not normally found in plants. Shiitake mushrooms contain some vitamin B12 that is difficult to acquire from food and is an essential nutrient that many plant-based diets are missing. (1) Some vitamin D is also found within this mushroom. Vitamin D boosts immunity, strengthens bones, and reduces inflammation. (2) Shiitake was studied as a mean to possibly fight cancer. In mice studies, it was shown to reduce tumor growth. (3) Overall, Shiitake is a great medicinal mushroom for immune and wellness support.

Chaga Mushroom
Chaga is a nutrient dense mushroom that grows on birch trees in the Northern Hemisphere. (4) It contains some B12, vitamin D, potassium, zinc, iron, and many other nutrients essential to daily health. (5) Chaga is rich in antioxidants which promote overall well-being and support hair, skin, nails, and the immune system. (6) Because of Chaga’s rich nutrient content, it may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, fight inflammation, boost white blood cell count, improving immunity (7), and protect from radiation. (8) If you’re looking for a nutrient dense, daily support, Chaga is the mushroom for you!

Reishi Mushroom
One of the most famous medicinal mushrooms, Reishi grows on Hemlock trees and is aptly named the “mushroom of immortality”. Popular in Chinese medicine, Reishi boosts immune function and aids in sleep. (9) Reishi may combat a variety of diseases and restore hormonal balance. It is the ideal mushroom for bringing the body back to homeostasis. This mushroom is said to protect DNA, blocks cell mutation, and encourages cancer prevention in the body. (10) Reishi may also lower inflammation and cholesterol and brings balance to blood sugar levels. Try Reishi if you are looking for a powerful antioxidant that will protect your body from damage and aging.

Cordyceps Mushroom
Cordyceps mushrooms have been popular in Traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine for centuries. Found in the Himalayan Mountains, Cordyceps are used as a medicine to heal a variety of illnesses. (11) Today, Cordyceps are used to increase energy and stamina, reduces fatigue, and increases endurance, therefore making it a great herbal remedy to boost athletic performance. (12) Nicknamed “Himalayan Viagra”, Cordyceps may support reproductive health by increasing sperm count, boosting stamina, and libido. In addition, these mushrooms support the immune system, liver, and kidneys and encourage a natural detox. (13) If you’re looking for more energy and vitality, Cordyceps could be for you!

Lion’s Mane Mushroom
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lion’s Mane mushroom was used as a nootropic, an herb that helps support cognitive function. Found in North America, Europe, and Asia, Lion’s Mane enhances brain activity and can reverse cognitive conditions, such as Alzheimer’s. (14) Research identifies that it may protect against the effects of Parkinson’s and may slow the progression of cancer. Lion’s Mane supports the heart and circulatory system and prevents blood clots from forming in the brain, reducing the chances of a stroke occurring. Additionally, Lion’s Mane supports mental health, it may help improve sleep, fight fatigue, and reduce anxiety and depression. (15)

 

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