Exploring the world of mushrooms reveals many things – their power.
Whether you champion mushrooms for their spiritual capacity, nutritional value, medicinal properties or their ability to make any dinner pop, these small and unique fungi pack quite a punch when it comes to what they can do for your mind, body and soul.
Depicted as mystical, mighty and earthy, mushrooms can be quite mysterious in their states. Whilst some are deadly, others can open up a whole new world of health. That’s why we need to make sure, if we’re ingesting these magic little fungi, they’ve been medically vetted and we buy from trusted sources.
It’s also good to do your own research - get to know the benefits of medicinal mushrooms and what they can do for your:
- Gut health
- Overall wellbeing
You’ll never take a mushroom for granted again.
There’s mushroom for strength
Including mushrooms in your daily routine along with your daily practice can establish a perfect balance, inside and out.
You can boost your immunity and wellbeing with these funky fungi but, when it comes to getting to know your mushrooms and which types hold specific medicinal benefits, it can feel overwhelming.
There are so many types of mushrooms out there but luckily for us, the medicinal benefits of mushrooms and appreciation of them isn’t a new phenomenon; mushrooms have been used for years in Eastern Medicine specifically for their health benefits. Whilst their magical and medicinal properties are still relatively new to Western research, their health benefits are undeniable.
Mushrooms have incredible medicinal and nutritional benefits. Not only do they provide our bodies with vital nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamin C and selenium but they can supercharge our immune system through:
- Hormone balancing (that’s magic in itself - PMS is no joke)
- Blood sugar balancing
- Triglycerides reducing (a type of fat in your blood which isn’t good for your body - this ain’t no avocado fats situation, this is usually from a poor diet)
- Liver and kidney protecting
- Nootropic (cognition enhancing)
- Libido enhancing *insert Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get it On’ here*
When it comes to their medicinal values, mushrooms have got it going on. Whilst, in general, many mushrooms can impact your health for the better. Let’s learn about specific fungi and what they can do for you.
Although shiitake mushrooms are usually populating our favourite plates in East-Asian cuisine, their health benefits are near to extraordinary.
Some studies have shown their potential to defend against cancer and their anti-inflammatory properties.
Include shiitake in your daily supplementation to:
- Lower cholesterol
- Improve blood pressure
- Increase heart health and circulation
Lowering cholesterol levels by inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol in the liver, shiitake is a powerful shroom indeed.
With anti-inflammatory properties, chaga is considered as a remedy for high blood pressure, to slow the progression of cancer cells and to support arthritis.
It’s not the most attractive of mushrooms, appearing like burnt wood, but throughout its tests with animals, it’s proven to be oh-so-mighty.
Take chaga in your tea, hot or cold for benefits such as:
- Boosted immunity
- Prevention of chronic inflammation
- Lower blood sugar levels
If you’re looking to boost your energy and libido, then this mushroom might be your new favourite. It’s often combined with chaga for optimum benefits to your body and immune system. It can:
- Aid muscle recovery
- Boost sports performance
Energy, recovery and libido are what make this a powerful mushroom and one that provides tangible results in your day-to-day life. Pair this with your morning coffee and you’re good to go.
With a name like that, you might expect a world of health benefits from this fungus. Although it has amazing properties, this mushroom is more geared towards the thinkers, the ones that need a little cognitive push.
- Improved memory
- Improved concentration
- Improved cognition
If you’re feeling stuck mentally, and need a little mental push, then lion’s mane is for you. Encouraging the production of nerve growth factor, a bioprotein that’s vital for brain health, it can positively impact your mind when you’re feeling a little bit clouded.
Instead of “take a chill pill”, you can “take a chill mushroom” with reishi. You can relax knowing that this mushroom can:
- Reduce anxiety
- Improve sleep quality
- Improve focus
This is one you’ll want with you when you’re feeling sad or anxious.
Despite the relatively comical name that’s given due to the colours and patterns that aren’t dissimilar to, you guessed it, a turkey’s tail, it’s a serious mushroom.
This mushroom’s ‘powers’ mean business.
Remarkably, turkey tail has been shown to be effective against some cancers. It contains PSK that revives the immune system meaning it’s quite a remarkable fungi. To outline the benefits of this mushroom would be:
- Immune support
- Cancer prevention
It’s even been proven to fight leukaemia cells. Whilst this is miraculous news, always consult with your doctor, especially if you are receiving other forms of cancer prevention or reduction.
How to get your mushroom fix?
Stay nourished this winter and ‘top up’ your health with a daily dose of shrooms.
In many supplements today, mushrooms are blended to a powder. This makes it easy to add into your shakes, your coffee (yes, really) or to put in a capsule for a supplement combination.
Of course, with any new supplements in your diet, there might be some side effects. If you’re concerned about including mushrooms for an earthy twist in your latte, consult with your doctor first. There might be some medication that you’re already taking that you can’t mix with some of the mushrooms listed so, to be safe, make sure you reach out for medical guidance before making any drastic changes in your daily routine.
See you for good health X
Written by Bailey Petts
Image by SEANA GAVIN