Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms have long been prized for their nutritional and medicinal value. Mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses that offer powerful benefits such as immune support, rich antioxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits, blood sugar level management, support for brain health and cognition, support for the nervous system and increased energy and stamina.

The key active compounds found in mushrooms that research has linked to health benefits are beta-D-glucans, triterpenoids and ergosterol. Beta-D-glucans support the immune system while triterpenoids assist beta-glucans in immune system activation t through liver protection, antioxidant activity, reduced histamine response and reduced inflammation; and ergosterol also offers antioxidant protection and modulates the immune system.

Seven medicinal mushroom ingredients to look for in supplements include Lion’s mane, which is beneficial for the mind and contains numerous beta-glucans that stop tumours and antioxidants and neuro-protective chemicals that protect the immune system; Reishi, the mushroom associated with the immune system and improving sleep, reducing stress and fatigue; cordyceps, the mushroom that improves lung capacity and increases energy; Chaga, rich in antioxidants that supports immune function, liver health, boosts digestion and clears the skin; Turkey’s tail that improves immune function by stimulating cytokine production, increasing natural killer cells and other immune-boosting function; Shiitake, that supports immunity, liver function, and supports the cardiovascular system; and Maitake that supports blood pressure and supports immune function.

Consult with your healthcare practitioner for the right supplements for you.