Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms usually are known as a vegetable that is added to dishes to make them tastier. Interestingly, there are many different types of mushrooms and each one has a variety of benefits for the body. The most talked about mushrooms are Reishi Mushroom, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Cordyceps, and Chaga. This article will break down the benefits of each and the ways each one can be consumed.

Reishi mushrooms are known to help increase longevity, have anti-cancer properties, can help restore the liver, enhance the immune system, and improve mood. This specific mushroom is also known for the neuroprotective properties it has. Intriguingly, it can protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases and has properties that increases the nerve growth factor in the brain. The nerve growth factor in the brain is extremely vital for healthy neurological function and controls the way neurons develop and survive. It can be consumed as a supplement or as a tea. It also might be easier to consume it as a latte (Reishi Chocolate Latte).

Lion’s Mane is known as the “mushroom for the brain”. It improves memory and focus, can reduce depression and anxiety, can stop or reverse damage caused to the brain from neurodegenerative diseases, and significantly lower inflammation. Lion’s Mane can also be consumed as a tea, supplement, or a latte (Lion’s Mane Mushroom Matcha Latte).

Maitake is especially beneficial for immunocompromised individuals or with individuals that have sugar resistance problems.  These mushrooms can be roasted and added to soups or be eaten with rice.

Cordyceps can help boost endurance during exercise, prevent the effects aging can have on the brain, fight insulin resistance problems, protect cells from cancer, and can even help with viral infections like strep throat. Like the others, Cordyceps can be consumed as a supplement, tea, smoothie (Cacao Cordyceps Smoothie), or a latte (Cinnamon Vanilla Cordyceps Latte).

Chaga stimulates and regulates the immune system, reduces inflammations, helps with gastritis, normalizes blood pressure, prevents aging, and improves the skin. Chaga can also be consumed in the same way as the others. The most common way to consume it is to drink it as a tea or make it into an elixir so that it is tastier (Spiced Chocolate-Chaga Elixir).

It is extremely important to buy medicinal mushrooms from reputable and certified suppliers. This is because mushrooms tend to mimic the qualities of a sponge. They absorb whatever they are grown in. This means that they can easily absorb toxins and be high in pollutants or heavy metals. Fungi Perfecti is one of the brands that strives to make high-quality supplements. They make various products that provide immune system support, respiratory support, brain and nerve health, heart health, energy levels, and help in aiding stress responses.