Functional mushrooms, also known as medicinal mushrooms, have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to promote health and treat various illnesses.
These miraculous fungi possess the amazing ability to assist our bodies in weathering environmental stressors, conquering physical challenges, and soothing the occasional emotional strain.
In recent years, studies have shown that functional mushrooms contain bioactive compounds that may have immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects.
These bioactive compounds include beta-glucans, triterpenes, polysaccharides, and ergosterols, among others.
Also know as the smart mushroom, Lion’s Mane contains several important compounds – including hericenones, Dilinoleoyl-phosphatidylethanolamine (DLPE), amyloban, amycenone,3-Hydroxyhericenone F,Hericenes, Hericerins, and erinacerins, all which stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor.
Cordyceps has been used for over 1,000 years in China, where it is recognized as a national treasure, and ingested as a tonic. Cordyceps are also rich in a compound called cordycepin. It is chemically similar to adenosin – a neurotransmitter found in the cells in the body that support bodily functions, such as healthy response to occasional stress and energy levels.
Reishi has been used for over 2,000 years in the traditional Chinese medicine. It’s known for its ability to bolster vitality, enhance longevity, and fortify the immune system. Reishi contains 1,3 and 1,6 beta glucans that help our bodies produce immune cells and vital proteins, thus forging a robust and healthy immune response.
Chaga is trending and for good reason – it contains 1,3 / 1,6 Beta-glucans, triterpenoids, polyphenols, and other essential vitamins and minerals to help support overall wellness.
What makes Chaga really unique is the large amount of the pigment melanin, which promotes protection from UV radiation.
Turkey Tail mushroom is one of the most widely studied mushrooms in today’s world.
Studies have found they may support the immune system, including T cells that serve as a bridge between the innate and adaptive immune functions.
Turkey Tail contain plenty of prebiotic fiber which supports healthy flora that resides within our digestive tract. Since so much of your immune system lives in your gut, Turkey Tail may support them both.
Maitake fruiting bodies contain 1,3 / 1,6 beta-glucans, Phosphatidylinositol (supports vital protein health), Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidic acid, Trehalose, Nucleotides and other compunds essnetial to optimal cellular-level functions.
Shiitake mushrooms contain the highest levels of B vitamins compared to any other mushroom – the vitaming that turns food into energy to fuel and power us through the day. It is also rich with other nutrients such as Copper, Folate, Manganese, Niacin, Riboflavin, Selenium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D and Zinc.
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