|Mushrooms are a marvel of nature. Their medicinal use dates back to 4000 years ago. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Aztecs all describe consuming them for their unique healing properties.
You might be wondering: “What makes a mushroom medicinal?” Certain mushrooms have special compounds that enhance your biology in many ways including:
They are powerful superfoods that deserve more attention.
Back in the day Healers tested & observed different healing properties of mushrooms. They were aware of their benefits, but they didn’t understand HOW they worked.
Today Scientific research has brought to light the powers behind these organisms. We’ve isolated & extracted the medicinal compounds to be used in different experiments. The results are impressive!
Medicinal mushrooms contain 3 types of healing compounds:
Each has their own benefits to your wellbeing!
Beta-glucans are polysaccharides (chains of carbohydrates) These sugars interact with the microbiome in your gut to modulate & prime your immune system to protect you from foreign invaders.
Triterpenes are fat precursors to steroid hormones! These compounds have anti viral, anti inflammatory and hallucinogenic (psilocybin) properties of mushrooms Ganoderic acids found in reishi and Betulinic acid in Chaga are the most widely studied.
Sterols (ergosterol): Which is a precursor to Vitamin D Research shows that leaving mushrooms out in the sun increased Vitamin D levels due to these sterols.
There are quite a few medicinal mushrooms, but I will be discussing the 5 most popular ones:
This is the most popular one and also my favorite! Its cognitive benefits are outstanding. More focus, enhanced mental clarity! Research shows it supports the growth of the hippocampus. The part of your brain responsible for memory.
Also known as the athletes mushroom! It improves your energy and endurance by increasing the efficiency of how your body uses oxygen. It contains cordycepin which is similar to adenosine. Which dilates your blood vessels!
Known for your heart health. Benefits of Shiitake can help lower your LDL cholesterol & blood pressure.
Known as the mushroom of immortality! Its benefits are numerous: Sleep Relaxation, Immunity and Vitality. The Chinese have used it for thousands of years as a healing tonic.
Chaga is the king of medicinal mushrooms. It only grows on birchwood and is packed with beta-glucans and triterpenes. It has the highest potency of antioxidants and supports digestive health!
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