In addition to eating mushrooms, cultures around the world have used them medicinally for thousands of years. Medicinal mushrooms can act as nootropics (medical and nutritional compounds that enhance cognitive function).
Medicinal mushrooms produce a special class of polysaccharides called beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, and even some plants, like oats and barley. These natural chemicals stimulate the immune system, potentially boosting its ability to defend against harmful pathogens and, amazingly, fight cancer cells.
Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms worldwide and we absolutely love them! They are prized for their rich, savory taste and diverse health benefits.
Mush Benefits: Compounds in shiitake may help fight cancer, boost immunity, and support heart health.
“Maitake” means dancing mushroom in Japanese. The mushroom is said to have gotten its name after people danced with happiness upon finding it in the wild, such are its incredible healing properties. And this is how we feel as well!
This mushroom is a type of adaptogen. Adaptogens assist the body in fighting against any type of mental or physical difficulty. They also work to regulate systems of the body that have become unbalanced.
Mush Benefits: immunity boost, antioxidant, beta-glucans, source of vitamins B and C, potassium, fiber, amino acids, and minerals.
Lion's mane s a type of medicinal mushroom. Scientific research shows that the lion's mane contains a number of health-promoting substances, including antioxidants and beta-glucan. This mushroom is said to strengthen the immune system, stimulate digestion, and protect against cancer.
Mush Benefits: helps to fight Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, inflammation, Parkinson's disease, ulcers
Oyster mushrooms come in several distinct types and each one of them is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to keep your body healthy and defend against disease.
Mush Benefits: Lowering high blood pressure, boost immunity system, regulating cholesterol levels, anti-inflammatory properties, protect your heart and your brain.
For centuries, people have used these mushrooms — also known as Trametes versicolor or Coriolus versicolor — as a health supplement. In traditional Chinese medicine, people use turkey tail extract (Yun zhi) as a treatment for respiratory conditions.
Mush Benefits: cancer fighting potential, gut health, may improve gut bacteria balance, which can positively impact your immunity
Dubbed the “Mushroom of Immortality,” reishi is a prized specimen in China and Japan and for good reason. The mushroom boasts over 200 different polysaccharides, along with a wealth of amino acids, terpenoids, and other common nutrients.
Mush Benefits: help enhance the immune system, reduce stress, improve sleep, and lessen fatigue. People also take it for health conditions such as high blood pressure. High cholesterol.