The Magic of Medicinal Mushrooms
Move over magic mushrooms, there is a new fungi in town…
The Medicinal Mushroom phenomenon is sweeping the health and fitness industry (and for good reason). These medicinal beauties are packed full of immune boosting goodness and can now be found in capsules form, supplement powders and even coffee replacements at almost any health food or supplement store. Let’s do a deep dive into what Medicinal Mushrooms are and why you need them in your diet.
Medicinal mushrooms and other fungi have been used as functional foods in Eastern cultures for over 2,000 years. They have been known by the Romans as “foods of the gods”, the Greeks believed that they provided strength for warriors in battle and Chinese culture treasures mushrooms and classifies them as an “elixir of life”. Mushrooms have a long history of use as food, but they are also valued for their therapeutic benefits and characteristics in traditional medicine. Although there are more than 2000 types of mushrooms in the world, only about 25 are commonly consumed as food. Of those 25, to be considered medicinal, they must contain immune activating beta glucans and other polysaccharides within their indigestible cell walls. When properly extracted with water, these polysaccharides are used in a supplemental form to maintain, protect and support immune health. As a result, the West is experiencing a growing interest in exploring various mushroom species.
As vegetables, mushrooms are low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and gluten, and they naturally contain very little sodium. As you know, a typically healthy diet must include vegetables. Because mushrooms are low in carbohydrates, they are suitable for most diets. The exact nutrients vary depending on the variety of mushroom.
Mushrooms are rich in protein, high in vitamins (B1, B2, B12, C, D, and E), selenium, and potassium. They have received extensive investigation regarding the beta-glucan content. Several advantageous health qualities are attributed to beta-glucans, a natural polysaccharide that is present in plant cell walls and contains dietary fibre components. By reducing reactive oxygen species, they display antioxidant capabilities. Beta-glucan is classified as a prebiotic fibre, as it plays an important role in the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and preventing inflammation, by supporting the growth and activity of the desired natural intestinal microbiota, while inhibiting the growth of pathogens.
Reishi mushroom, Lion's mane, Chaga mushroom, Cordyceps mushroom, Turkey's tail, Shiitake mushroom, and Maitake mushroom appear to be the therapeutic mushrooms that are in high demand. Due to their anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, immune-supportive, and overall health-promoting properties, medicinal mushrooms are a common ingredient in dietary supplements.
There’s A LOT to love about these medicinal beauties. To get your daily dose of Medicinal Mushrooms check out our bestselling Shroom Brew Super Latte and Wild Field Mushroom Broth. Both blends deliver powerful benefits straight from the goodness of Medicinal Mushrooms.