Are mushrooms good for you?

When we meet people and learn about our business, there are a few questions we’re sure to hear about functional mushrooms. One of the most common is: “Are mushrooms good for you?” Or “is it true that mushrooms are good for you?”

It will come as no surprise to our most loyal readers that our answers are always: yes and yes! Mushrooms are good for you – and they’re also good for the planet. Mushrooms have been used to support overall health and wellness (as well as specific areas) for centuries.* Continue reading for a more in-depth answer to the question “Are mushrooms good for you?”

Are mushrooms good for you?

It sure is! Let’s count the reasons. Feel free to also do your own research to learn about the amazing health benefits of mushrooms. Consider this an ode to the ‘shrooms!

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1. Mushrooms are adaptogens.*

Adaptogens are a class of herbs (including mushrooms) that give your adrenal glands some targeted support and love.* While all mushrooms have some adaptogenic properties, some are better known as adaptogens. This group of herbs promotes a balanced response to physical or emotional stress – and they can also promote endurance, energy and stamina.*

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) and Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) are the best known mushrooms as adaptogens.*

2. Mushrooms support your immune system.*

When answering the question “are mushrooms good for you?” A health aspect is usually listed first. You’ve probably read about beta-glucans on our website. This is a unique type of complex carbohydrate found in mushrooms.

Research shows that beta-glucans support the immune system, including your immune cells, and healthy cell renewal and growth.* Some mushrooms also have unique polysaccharides, such as lentinan found in Shiitakes or PSK in Turkey Tails (Trametes versicolor.

But beta-glucans are found in all mushrooms, and these are the bioactive compounds that support immune health.*

3. Mushrooms can promote calm – but they can also promote healthy energy.*

Mushrooms are both yin and yang in many ways. Reishi and Cordyceps are known for their adaptogenic properties, but they offer support in different ways.*

Cordyceps is popular among athletes for its ability to support healthy levels of endurance and energy… right down to the cellular level.* Reishi is known to support your body’s natural response to stress and is a restorative mushroom that has long been used for healthy sleep and relaxation.*

4. Mushrooms can support brain health.*

The lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) is our top pick for the brain, providing nourishment while also supporting the production of nerve growth factor.* Additionally, both Tremella and Poria Cocos are traditionally used to promote nervous system health and help with mild loss memory loss associated with aging.*

5. Mushrooms Can Support Women’s Health.*

Mesima (Phellinus linteus) is a lesser-known mushroom that looks like a black hoof (and was sometimes called that). It is traditionally used to support women’s health, as well as immune function and cellular health.*

6. Mushrooms can promote healthy sleep.*

Reishi is probably the most well-known mushroom for supporting healthy sleep.* But there’s another mushroom that does the same.

Poria Cocos (Wolfiporia extensa)which interestingly enough grows underground like a potato or radish, is traditionally used to promote healthy sleep.* This mushroom also supports normal and healthy hydration levels, nervous system health and memory, and normal stomach function. *

7. Mushrooms contain plenty of vitamins.

Most sources of vitamin D are animal products, but mushrooms are also a source of this fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin D is essential for humans, which means we can’t live without it, but our body can’t make it on its own. Mushrooms – including Shiitake – are a source of vitamin D, especially if exposed to UV radiation from the sun. Mushrooms also provide lots of B vitamins! Are mushrooms good for you and your diet? Yes!

8. Mushrooms can also promote healthy skin.*

A few different mushrooms that we use in our products can provide skin support.* Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and Tremella (Tremella fuciformis) mushrooms promote healthy skin and we use both in ours Mushroom Mix Daily 10 Tincture.

9. Mushrooms can support the liver.*

Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi and Tremella are used to support the liver these days and also have a rich history of traditional use.*

10. Mushrooms were traditionally used to promote longevity.*

Are mushrooms good for you as you age? For sure! Do you want to live long and prosper? For centuries in China, Reishi was known as the “10,000-year-old mushroom,” where it is traditionally used for longevity.* Try these three super delicious drinks that all contain Reishi.

So, roughly the basics of “are mushrooms good for you?” We could write a book, but we’ll leave it here for now.

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