For millennia, medicinal mushrooms have been used as powerful healers. They have been used by indigenous people, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, and holistic/natural healers globally.
Mushrooms are highly heralded for boosting the immune system and promoting longevity and balance of health. Unfortunately, mushrooms still do not get the recognition that they deserve. They are mainly categorized as “common vegetables” or “psychedelics,” as in the famous magic mushrooms we have all heard of.
Many people are only familiar with button mushrooms or portobello mushrooms found in the grocery store. However, there are many other types of mushrooms with more than simple nutritional benefits such as those mentioned above.
For starters, we need to elaborate on the fact that mushrooms are not vegetables, they fall into the fungi category. There are many genetics and varieties of mushrooms. Mushrooms offer health-balancing and promoting benefits, as there are numerous that can be poisonous and hazardous to our health.
Below is a list of four mushrooms which offer both nutritional benefits as well as holistic healing attributes. These four are more common, and have stood the test of time in producing stable and consistent results, without the hallucinatory effects.
Top Four Medicinal Mushrooms:
- Immune booster
- Reduces and fights free radicals
- Anti-cancer properties
If you are looking for an alternative to keeping your immune system performing effectively during the harsh winter months, a daily cup of Chaga tea or supplement can help you stave off the flu or common cold. Chaga is also available in tinctures if tea or supplements don’t interest you.
- Calming effect, lower stress
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps with sleep
- Immunity In traditional Chinese culture, reishi mushroom is known as “lingzhi” and commonly referred to and featured as in folklore images as the God of Longevity. In the 16th century, Li Shizhen, a revered herbalist, alluded to lingzhi as an herb for boosting longevity and having great anti-ageing qualities. Reishi is also known to support and influence the heart, lungs, liver and kidney channels used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to tonify our “Qi.”
Nowadays, studies have shown that reishi mushrooms are very high in beta-glucans, which are known to stall and reverse the growth of tumours.
Like chaga, reishi can be consumed as a tea, tincture or in supplement form.
- Great for performance and adrenal support
- Energy booster, providing extra energy and stamina.
For the reasons stated above, this mushroom is famous as a pre-workout option. Many studies show that these oddly shaped mushrooms help reduce fatigue and improve performance and endurance. Just like the first 3, this mushroom is available in tea, tincture and capsules.
- Great for focus and overall brain health.
- Supports the nervous system
- Helps with concentration and memory
Many studies have been done and shown that lion’s mane has neuro-protective and neuro-regenerative properties. This is to say that it aids and enhances your cognitive abilities.
As you can see, all four of these mushrooms have something different to add to your overall wellbeing.
Aside from ingesting these via the form of tea, tincture and capsule, you can opt for fresh mushrooms and find ways to incorporate these into your lifestyle and culinary endeavours.