Holistic Health

The Magic of Mushrooms

Generally when we think about mushrooms we see a pizza topping, a salad topper, or something you add to a great omelette. Today I want to introduce you to the, not so new, but increasingly popular in Western culture, immune boosting mushrooms, that can have incredible healing properties.  

Mushrooms can boost and restore your immune system, increase oxygen flow to your cells, amp up your mental clarity, regulate blood sugar, lower stress and help you sleep better.

While mushrooms such as reishi, lion's mane, maitake, and cordyceps are have only very recently become recognizable names in Western cultures, these amazing shrooms have been sacred in Asian societies for thousands of years.  They were originally kept only for the super rich and elite, and were seen as symbols of well-being and longevity. So if they were cherished by the Asian elite for their immune boosting benefits, surely we are deserving too.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Reishi

  • Contains polysaccharides that help boost immune system function and have anti-tumor properties. Polysaccharides also have the ability to lower blood pressure and reduce blood levels sugar levels.

Lion's Mane

  • Rich in antioxidants that support overall health at the cellular level. The more antioxidants you have in your diet, the easier it is for your body to produce and maintain energy as well as wrangle up those nasty free radicals.

Maitake

  • Has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on the gut, or gastrointestinal tract.

Cordyceps

  • Can significantly boost energy levels by increases the amount of oxygen uptake in the body. Extra oxygen means better sleep, improved metal alertness, increased stamina, and an improved mood.

One way to get more mushrooms, and all of their health benefits in your diet is to use dried mushrooms or mushroom powders. While fresh mushrooms may offer the maximal health benefits, mushroom powders make it easy to enjoy mushrooms abundantly and frequently anywhere and at anytime. In a dried form it also makes it much easier to sneak them into your kid’s smoothies, soups, or a stir-fry.

As with any holistic approach, it is important to be aware of the risks and the benefits before taking any supplement, so be aware and consult your doctor if unsure you should start adding mushrooms to your daily regime.