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The 6 Pillars Of Health And Wellness With Medicinal Mushrooms

The 6 Pillars Of Health And Wellness With Medicinal Mushrooms

It’s difficult going about our busy lives. With little spare time, it's easy to forget about our health and well-being.

Enter medicinal mushrooms: celebrated for their myriad of health benefits and rooted in thousands of years of traditional medicine. Modern research continues to unveil their profound effects on health, which is exciting but long overdue!

Today, those who harness the power of medicinal mushrooms can seamlessly enhance the six fundamental pillars of well-being: immunity, energy, focus, inflammation control, gut health, and stress management.

 

1. Immune system

All the 5 main medicinal mushrooms; namely Lion's Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, Reishi and Turkey Tail, have high levels of beta glucans. Beta glucans, which are complex polysaccharides, play a pivotal role in bolstering the immune system.

Research indicates that intake of beta glucans from medicinal mushrooms can amplify the activity and responsiveness of white blood cells—our body's immune vanguard. Cells like macrophages and natural killer cells protect and shield the body from infections and diseases, helping to keep you fighting fit. 

 

2. Energy

Cordyceps is a mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to support energy and endurance. More recently, professional sportsmen and Olympic athletes have turned to it for its benefits.

After delivering remarkable performances, some of these athletes, who trained at high altitudes and consumed Cordyceps, even faced allegations of steroid use. Such is the power of this mighty mushroom!

The active ingredients found in Cordyceps can help increase the body's production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the primary source of energy for our cells. Cordyceps also helps to improve oxygen utilisation by increasing the body's ability to burn glucose for energy, helping to improve both stamina and endurance. 

 

3. Focus

Lion's Mane is a mushroom known for its benefits for cognitive function and brain health. Studies have shown the bioactive compounds found in Lion's Mane improve our focus and concentration, and may even help to protect against age-related cognitive decline.

The compounds in Lion's Mane called hericenones and erinacines have been shown to have a neuroprotective effect, protecting brain cells from damage. This is possible because Lion’s Mane increases the production of nerve growth factor in the brain, which helps to improve communication between neural cells and promote overall cognitive health.

 

4. Inflammation and Longevity 

Chaga, the king of medicinal mushrooms, is crowned the most potent antioxidant in the world! Oxidation is the process that causes cell death, and ultimately determines how long we live for. So using a powerful antioxidant like Chaga may help you live longer and stave off the signs of aging. Not only that, but Chaga can also be highly effective at reducing inflammation. 

There are also a host of chronic diseases associated with inflammation such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Chaga contains compounds called inotodiol, betulin & betulinic acid. These are the compounds which give Chaga its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As Chaga is so powerful, be careful not to use too much, as we still need some oxidation in order to function optimally.

 

5. Gut Health

Medicinal mushrooms like Turkey Tail are rich in polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide krestin (PSK), which can help improve gut health. These compounds support the growth of bacteria that are beneficial to the gut, which improves digestion and overall health.

Turkey tail can also help improve gut barrier function and reduce inflammation in the gut, which can further support gut health. For one, it facilitates the absorption of key nutrients such as B12 and vitamin D, reducing the risk of digestive illnesses such as colon cancer, IBS, colitis, and Crohn’s disease.

 

6. Stress

Studies have shown stress to be hazardous, causing chemical responses that negatively impact our health and lead to an earlier death. But fear not, there is a mushroom that can help! The medicinal mushroom Reishi is known as a potent adaptogen, since it creates a feeling of calm and relaxation which helps us to adapt to stress. 

Reishi can also help improve your sleep, which is why a lot of people prefer taking Reishi before bed. One of the main active ingredients in Reishi is a triterpenoid called ganoderic acid, which is the compound in Reishi that studies have shown contribute to the calming effect on the body.

 

The Easy and Best Way of Getting Medicinal Mushrooms in Your Diet

The easiest and best way to incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your routine is through pure mushroom extracts. With a high-quality mushroom extract, you get 20-30 times the amount of benefical compounds than if you were to eat the same weight in raw mushroom. Since it is extracted, you are getting a purer amount of beneficial compounds like beta glucans and triterpenoids.

With a 20:1 extract you would need 20kg of fresh mushrooms, which when dried and finally extracted would equal just 1kg of pure extract.

These extracts can come in the form mushroom supplements, in either capsule or powder format. Additionally, you can also find mushroom coffee blends that combine the benefits of mushrooms with the natural caffeine found in coffee. This will give you an all-natural turbo boost of energy and focus. Check out Magic Brew for the highest quality and best mushroom coffee on the market, guaranteed!

 

Or If You Have Time, You Can Get Cooking…

Some people choose to consume medicinal mushrooms by adding them to their cooking. Mushrooms such as shiitake, maitake, and enoki can be used fresh or dried, and go well with a variety of dishes. But the problem with this is a lot of medicinal mushrooms cannot be added to food. Popular mushrooms like Chaga, Reishi & Turkey Tail are near impossible to add to food since their composition is hard and woody, so not great for eating.

While mushrooms can be a delicious addition to your cooking, it can be less effective than taking mushroom supplements. This is the best and most convenient way of getting a concentrated dose medicinal mushrooms.

 

Quality is The Most Important Factor with Medicinal Mushrooms

When it comes to taking medicinal mushroom supplements, it's essential to choose a brand that uses high-quality, organic mushrooms and follows good manufacturing practices. Look for third-party certifications, such as the USDA Organic seal or NSF International, which certify that the product meets certain standards for purity and quality. There must be a 3rd party lab test report to back up the numbers shown on the label. At Shroomex, we make sure to use the highest quality testing standards available, so you can be confident in getting a product that will do wonders for your health.

And if you are uncertain about anything when it comes to taking mushroom supplements, make sure to follow the dosage instructions that are on the label and don't hesitate to speak with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns. And if you want to speak with some mushroom experts, you can always reach out to us. We will be happy to help.

 

Summary

In conclusion, medicinal mushrooms can play a vital role in supporting overall health and wellness by addressing six key pillars: immune system, energy, focus, inflammation, gut health, and stress. Each mushroom has unique compounds like beta glucans and triterpenoids, that have been shown to benefit the body and mind in many ways.

Incorporating medicinal mushrooms into your diet through supplements, cooking, or even a tasty mushroom coffee blend can make a massive difference to your health and wellness. To find the most potent and pure mushroom extracts in the world, check out the Shroomex range of mushroom products.

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