Fungi might not be the first thing you think of when you think of health.
But it should be! Mounting scientific evidence points to mushroom supplements for a myriad of health benefits. These range from immune system support to mental clarity and even cancer prevention.
Mushrooms are a natural alternative to prescriptions and pharmaceutical vitamins. It's no wonder that many are turning to this fungi to aid in their overall health and vitality in recent years.
With over 2,000 edible mushrooms on the planet, there are a few that stand out as potent "medicinal mushrooms". These include Reishi, Shiitake, Chaga, Lion's Mane, Cordyceps, and Turkey Tail mushrooms to name a few. Medicinal mushrooms are consumed in the form of teas, tinctures, powders, and extracts.
Here are the 5 main benefits of medicinal mushrooms that you need to know about to improve your health.
[b]Immune System Rebuilding[/b]
You might assume that mushrooms offer some similar health benefits as plants do. But did you know that fungi are more [url=https://foodrevolution.org/blog/medicinal-mushrooms-benefits/]closely related to humans[/url] than plants? Fungi are classified as organisms that live by [url=https://www.dictionary.com/browse/fungus]decomposing and absorbing[/url] other organic material.
All mushrooms contain compounds called beta glucans that aid in reducing inflammation. That way, your immune system can focus on the things it needs to, like fighting infection and viruses.
A superstar of the immunity benefits is the Reishi mushroom. Researchers have found they not only improve immunity but also detoxify the liver.
Further, [url=https://organika.com/2018/02/17/reishi-mushrooms-the-king-of-mushrooms/]reishi mushroom supplements[/url] provide adaptogenic effects in our body. This means that they can reduce and balance cortisol levels (stress hormone) in the body. They are also anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory.
Medicinal mushrooms are unusually high in antioxidants for an organic organism. This is because of its job in nature: to decompose other organic material and rebuild its own cells.
Mushrooms are particularly high in two antioxidants called [url=https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/16/mud-wtr-mushroom-water-coffee-health-benefits]ergothioneine and glutathione[/url]. These antioxidants act as a shield of armor for your cells against cancer and certain diseases.
[b]Source of Vitamin D [/b]
Did you know that Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for immune function, nerve health, and bone health? Did you also know that it is incredibly hard to get from diet alone?
It's estimated that [url=https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068797/]over a billion people[/url] worldwide are vitamin D deficient or insufficient. That's because we spend an increasing amount of time indoors and not in the sun (the other main source of vitamin D). This can have detrimental effects, like osteoporosis, hormone imbalances, fibromyalgia, and Alzheimer's disease.
Mushrooms to the rescue! Mushrooms have a very high amount of the vitamin. This is due to their ability to convert the sun's ultraviolet rays.
[b]Cancer-Fighting Mushroom Supplements[/b]
Researchers are considering mushrooms as a possible cancer-preventing supplement.
In fact, studies have shown that frequent consumption of mushrooms is linked to over a 60% decrease in the risk of breast cancer. Mushrooms mimic estrogen in the body, protecting women from certain cancers.
Additionally, [url=https://www.drfuhrman.com/get-started/eat-to-live-blog/50/mighty-mushrooms-boost-immune-function-and-guard-against-cancer]various phytochemicals[/url] found in mushrooms have anti-aging and other anti-cancer effects. This is true across a broad range of cancers.
Medicinal mushrooms are an easy, cost-effective, and low-risk way to add hundreds of health benefits to your routine.
Before you go for that expensive bottle of vitamins from the drug store, consider mushroom supplements instead! They're natural, easy to use, and hugely beneficial.
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