The functional or medicinal mushrooms have been found to be not only a gourmet food source, but an ancient medical tool. They have been used for more than 2000 years in Asia for medical purposes.
What can Mushrooms do for your health?
They support overall health and well-being, helping managing stress levels, sharpening cognitive function, providing a boost of energy, etc. They also have anti-inflammatory properties, helpful for people who cannot get traditional medicine, or just looking for natural alternatives to them.
Moreover, the presence of substances like antioxidants, can help boost blood flow and provide other benefits. While each functional mushroom has its own specific benefits, all of them work to balance your energy levels, strengthen your immune function, smooth digestion, and enhance your skin’s natural glow. Some can also be used as a dietary option that is low in calories and high in protein which is great for those who feel as if they are lacking these in their diet, in addition to providing multiple vitamins and essential minerals.
What Mushrooms Are Considered Functional Mushrooms?
Reishi, also known or Ganoderma Lucidum, has been used in China Medicine for over 2,000 years and was named for longevity and spirituality.
Reishi is known as an adaptogen, a substance in herbal medicine that is claimed to help the body adapt to stress, and works to normalize body processes. Reishi is most commonly used to support healthy and restful sleep, reduce stress, and to boost the immune system. You can find more information about reishi in this blog.
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- Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms have a healthy amount of beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are polysaccharides that are claimed to have benefits for cholesterol, blood sugar management, and boosting the immune system.
An oyster mushroom supplement could also help to calm your nerves making it beneficial for winding down after a stressful day.
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Chaga is one of the richest antioxidant mushrooms in nature and has some anti-inflammatory benefits. It may help to strength the inmune system.This mushroom generally takes 15 to 20 years to reach full maturity where benefits can be best utilized.
This mushroom has been used in China for thousands of years by royal and elite families as a tonic for energy, vitality, endurance, and to support a healthy immune system. Most commonly, cordyceps are used to help with energy levels which is why it can be found in natural pre-workout formulas
- Lion’s Mane
This mushroom got its name from its fluffy mane-like appearance. Lion’s Mane mushroom was traditionally used by Buddhist monks to help focus while meditating.
Supplementing with this mushroom is said to help improve focus and boost your concentration levels and memory.
This superfood contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. It contains nine amino acids that are essential to our bodies. This mushroom also works to enhance skin and hair, claiming to make skin glow and hair shine
- Turkey Tail
Turkey tail is commonly used in cooking and teas. It contains prebiotics and antioxidants that help with the digestive system.
In Japanese, Maitake can be directly translated into dancing mushroom. This is because the Japenese believe if you find this mushroom in the wild you will dance for joy.
This mushroom has been taken in between meals to help with digestion. If your stomach is usually sensitive, maitake could work to bring that sensitivity down. It has also been used in both cooking and teas for this purpose, or by taking a natural supplement.
Enokitake is a small delicate white mushroom that is native to Asia. Mostly found in Japan, China, and Korea.
These mushrooms are used as an addition to any dish because they are great for cooking. Along with their amazing flavor, they have nutritional benefits that can help fill spots in your diet that are lacking.
They are known to have a good amount of niacin, a form of vitamin B3, that is required for the proper function of fats and sugars in the body and to maintain healthy cells. These mushrooms are also a great source of antioxidants.
Tremella is a popular supplement among those who are going through chemotherapy. The tremella supplement is said to help patients feel comforted after treatment and help to fill nutritional gaps.
Tremella contains the most vitamin D out of any food source on the planet. It also has a great amount of fiber and antioxidants.
You now know what functional mushrooms are and how they can be used to help enhance your wellness, beauty, sleep, and more.