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Mushrooms such as Reishi, Cordyceps, Chaga and Lions Mane have become totally mainstream of late - here we look at some of the perceived benefits of this naturally occurring miracle. Check out the varieties now available.
For centuries, mushrooms have been used in kitchens around the world to add flavor and depth to a wide range of dishes. Even Prophets ate them in praise.
It is know that mushrooms offer a wide range of nutritional, physical, emotional, and environmental benefits that have the potential to transform the wellbeing of both people and the planet on which we rely. If that’s news to you, read on to learn about just eight of the totally awesome things most people don’t know about mushrooms. Even the Independent is talking about it...
Adaptogens have gained mainstream recognition, and mushrooms are serving as one of the gateway “drugs” (or, rather, whole food sources) for these wonderful substances.
Just what is an adaptogen, you might ask? They’re naturally occurring, non-toxic substances that can help stabilize and optimize a wide range of physiological functions depending on what your body needs at any given time. (That sounds way too good to be true, but there’s heaps of of sciency stuff to back all this up. Among other benefits, adaptogens are especially well known for minimising fatigue, supporting immune functions, supporting natural energy levels, sustaining focus, protecting the body from the physiological and emotional consequences of stress, and promoting overall wellness.
They can assist with fat loss.
To begin with, they’re loaded with polysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate that helps lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Together, these effects make it easier to lose fat, because they facilitate the body’s ability to process carbs (which makes it less likely that these carbs will be stored as fat).
Mushrooms’ fat-fighting abilities don’t stop there. Because they’re adaptogenic, they help minimize the physiological effects of stress. What does this have to do with fat loss? Most people don’t realize this, but subjecting our bodies to constant stress stimulates hunger hormones. This means unchecked stress can lead to eating more calories than we actually need, which results in weight gain. By minimizing the physiological effects of stress, mushrooms can help stave off these belly-enlarging consequences.
They make coffee waaay better for you.
Coffee is already a great substance in its own right: It contains essential nutrients and high levels of antioxidants and has been shown to uplift the nervous system, assist with weight loss, improve immune functions, and provide cognitive benefits such as improved memory and focus.
Still, coffee isn’t without its downsides. Research suggests it can provoke acidity in the body, cause indigestion, destabilize blood sugar, increase cholesterol, disrupt sleep patterns, and contribute to anxiety.
You’re able to experience coffee like never before.
They can support your immune functions.
Mushrooms are loaded with polyphenols, polysaccharides, and antioxidants, a variety of compounds that regulate and sustain an immune system. But mushrooms don’t just bring greater stability to the immune system; they also increase its activity by stimulating the production of proteins in the body that are responsible for fending off disease-carrying pathogens.Mushrooms have also been shown to reduce inflammation throughout the body, which seriously reduces strain on the immune system.
Thanks largely to their immune function supporting effects, functional mushrooms may have a role to play in the prevention and management of a variety of health conditions. Among other physical benefits, they’ve been shown to improve cognitive health, heart health, gut health, and skin health. The benefits of mushrooms are so well recognized that they form the basis of more than 40 percent of all pharmaceutical drugs currently on the market.
They’re potent anxiety fighters.
Rare is the person who doesn’t suffer from bouts of occasional or constant stress and/or anxiety. . The good news is relief may be as close as the nearest container of dual-extracted mushrooms. Mushrooms have been shown to reduce anxiety and its symptoms (such as difficulty concentrating, irritability, and insecurity) in a number of ways:
They can help combat nutritional deficiencies.
Mushrooms provide an easy way to fill the void of nutritional voids in your diet, including deficiencies in B vitamins, iron, potassium, selenium, and vitamin D. That’s because functional mushrooms are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Take just a few examples:
They can stave off the effects of aging.
In spite of what cosmetics companies would have you believe, there is no way to prevent getting older. But there are things you can do to help delay or mitigate the effects of aging, such as supporting the immune system, giving your brain a boost, and doing what you can to combat the proliferation of free radicals. And here’s the best part: All of that can be achieved simply by consuming mushrooms.
You see, mushrooms are packed full of antioxidants, which ferret out free radicals and protect the body from much of the wear and tear associated with aging.
They’re good for the environment.
Mushrooms don’t just grow in the environment—they also give back to it. More and more research points to the role mushrooms can play in improving the health of the ecosystems on which all life on earth depends. Also they
Each of these benefits conferred by mushrooms is amazing in its own right. But what’s really incredible is that these perks are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the ways mushrooms can help boost the wellbeing of our bodies, minds, and planet. Make your move :-)