Mushrooms are a pretty hot topic right now, you could say they are the fun-ghi of the wellness world. With January in full swing, we spoke to Mushrooms4Life to shed let on which ‘shroom does what and how to use them.
Who are Mushrooms4Life?
Mushrooms 4 Life launched in 2017 and offer a range of premium Organic medicinal mushroom supplements in capsule and powder form. Formulated by world renowned mushroom expert Martin Powell, they use only the best quality sources and extraction methods to achieve superior nutrient levels and bioavailability. You can find out more about Mushrooms4Life here.
The ‘Shroom Boom…
Mushrooms are having a moment. They became a wellness trend in 2018 as interest in functional foods and health grew and it seems they are not just a passing craze. 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 bioavailable 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.
Medicinal mushrooms are rich in compounds like beta glucans which helps to regulate the immune system- supressing or stimulating as needed. All medicinal mushrooms have immune system benefits, but they also contain a range of differing 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. It 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. It is an excellent choice for beauty and digestive support. Add a scoop 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 to your coffee to balance out any anxious or jittery side effects.
- Lions Mane has cognitive benefits and can support the nervous system and overall brain functioning. It 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.
Mushrooms4Life 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.