Despite any initial worries and thoughts you may have, medicinal mushrooms aren't hallucinogenic- they're therapeutic! And all contain 3 core health-boosting properties, they are:
- Immune Modulators; and
- Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Viral
Adaptogens are wonderful, powerful herbs and plants and fungi that help our body to adapt in any state. Think of them as a chameleon. They become whatever you need them to do. They specifically raise our overall resistance to acute and chronic stress. They work if we’re too low, they bring us higher, if we’re too high they bring us lower.
Adaptogens grow and thrive in obscure landscapes, literally competing for survival from harsh weather conditions and other species, and only the best DNA and strongest adaptogens survive. It’s these amazing qualities that we then consume and assimilate into our own bodies – making them true super foods.
Immunomodulating means medicinal mushrooms able to upgrade, nourish, balance and stimulate our immune system. When we’re worn down from stress, our immune system becomes compromised, and we’re more vulnerable to getting sick and chronic fatigue. Medicinal mushrooms support our immune system, bringing it back online and strengthening it, ensuring we’re able to be more bulletproof.
For individuals who have autoimmune diseases, medicinal mushrooms such as Cordyceps and Reishi, are beneficial, as they help to restore balance and calm down the over active immune system that sees the immune system attacking its own cells.
Medicinal mushrooms are also Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Viral. They’re able to interact with our gut bacteria and encourage the growth of beneficial strains, and help kill off unbeneficial strains, such as Candia albicans. Their anti-viral properties help to alert the immune system of viruses hiding throughout the body, further, boosting overall health and wellness.
All medicinal mushrooms encompass these 3 components, and then further, each mushroom has additional specific health boosting properties, enabling you to decide which ones are best suited to you, your lifestyle and health goals.
The 6 key mushroom’s discussed are; Cordyceps, Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Maitake and Tremella.
- Boosts Cellular Energy
- Increases Oxygen Production
- Boosts Libido
- Supports Lungs, Liver and Kidneys
Cordyceps are amazing for boosting energy - as it increases oxygen flow, and ATP production (cellular energy) by anywhere between 20-30%! This makes Cordyceps an awesome addition to individuals who are physically active and are wanting to maximise their training efforts – whether it’s HIIT, weight based, endurance, martial arts. Cordyceps is also great for individuals who are chronically relying on caffeine and stimulants for energy, as unlike coffee, it supports the adrenals whilst providing energy, with coffee taxing the adrenals.
When there’s more oxygen flow, we’re better able to utilise nutrients and clear out toxins, improving recovery, and Coryceps also helps with stagnated blood, improving circulation.
You feel cordyceps effects almost instantly.
Cordyceps also aid in respiratory issues (asthma, coughs etc) through stimulating lymphocyte production, which are a type of white blood cell.
Cordyceps are also legendary for boosting libido boosting blood flow and testosterone production. Studies also show cordyceps ability to improve fertility in both men & women.
Who Would Benefit From Cordyceps?
Active individuals, asthma sufferers, individuals with low libido and hormone imbalances, active individuals, and those wanting to improve every day energy levels and recovery.
- #1 Antioxidant on the Planet
- Protective and Nourishing for the Skin
- Aids Digestion
- Helps With Allergies and Hayfever
Chaga #1 most potent antioxidant on the planet - containing SOD superoxide dismutase which is one the potent antioxidant properties.
Chaga’s also rich in zinc and melanin, so doubling that with SOD - is protective for the skin, prevents weathered and ageing skin, and also acts as a natural internal sunscreen.
Chaga is also a digestive enhancer, containing an array of enzymes and also aids in the reduction of inflammation, beneficial for gut health. Further, through its ability to help regulate the immune system, Chaga also acts as a natural anti-histamine and can help calm down the effects of allergies and hay fever.
Who Would Benefit From Chaga?
Those exposed to high levels of free radicals, through toxic substances and fumes like if you're around machinery, chemicals, pollution and exhausts. Individuals who spend a lot of time in the sun, have inflammatory gut disorders (IBD/UC etc), or experiences skin conditions, acne, eczema, psoriasis. As well as hay fever and allergy sufferers.
- Boosts Cognition, Memory and Focus
- Improves Mood
- Repairs Nerve Damage
Lion’s mane is an epic brain booster, and one of our favourite mushrooms. Lions mane stimulates NGF neural growth factor, which strengthens existing and enables new neurons to be made. This means it’s able to repair and regenerate our brain cells, as well as all nerve cells throughout the body.
Lion’s mane also has mood boosting properties and effects, and through its ability to reduce neural inflammation has a calming effect on the mind and balances mood.
Who Would Benefit From Lions Mane?
Anyone who wants to improve their cognition, students, people with a family history of Alzheimer’s, dementia or Parkinson’s, people who have memory recall barriers, those who experience anxiety, depression and overthinking, neural issues or who have nerve damage.
- Ultimate Stress Adaptor
- Supports Adrenals and Cortisol Balance
- Supports Sleep
- Supports Liver Function, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Reishi mushroom is the ultimate stress reducer. Reishi does this through it’s incredible adaptogenic properties and working on balancing the endocrine (hormone) system.
Reishi is able to balance cortisol rhythms, helping to support sleep and deal with daily stressprs. Reishi also helps to calm down the nervous system, and helps the body to relax, without being sedative or sleep-inducing.
Reishi is also great for blood circulation and boosting liver function, aiding to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Who Would Benefit From Reishi?
Anyone who experiences anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, depression, OCD, insomnia or has chronic fatigue, works night shifts/shift work. Anyone who experiences stress, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. Reishi is pretty much awesome for everyone.
- Improves Insulin Sensitivity
- Helps with Metabolic Activity
- Improves Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Triglycerides
- Immune Boosting
Maitake is effective at combating metabolic syndrome – which is a cluster of metabolic issues, such as insulin resistance, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, all of which are the drivers of chronic disease – heart disease, stroke, T2D and cancer. Maitake works also to reduce the inflammatory cascade that see’s the progression of such disease states.
Maitake is also a highly effective immune booster.
Who Would Benefit From Maitake?
Anyone with any of the above conditions, low thyroid, under stress, sluggish metabolism, individuals who get recurring colds, flu’s, viruses and illness’, and tend to have a poor immune system.
- Improves Skin Elasticity, Plumpness and Appearance
- Source of Vitamin D
Tremella also contains SOD superoxide dismutase, which is a potent anti-oxidant that Chaga’s rich in, and this aids in preventing the skin from ageing and being damaged.
Tremella is able to retain the fluid that lives within the dermis (skin) layer, enabling the skin to stay hydrated, plump and glowing. Tremella is also a source of Vitamin D, further improving skin appearance due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Who Would Benefit From Tremella?
Individuals with skin conditions, dry skin, acne, sun damaged skin and ageing skin.
Here are some of the brands we stock:
Powell, M, Medicinal Mushrooms - A Clinical Guide. Mycology Press. Kindle Edition.
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Written by Eliza
Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition