The Power of Medicinal Mushrooms That You Didn’t Know About
It is safe to say that we are all aware of how good mushrooms are. But do we all know how powerful they can be for our health? Medicinal mushrooms have been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years and now modern scientists are discovering some of their therapeutic properties for both prevention and treatment of diseases.
Mushrooms are a fantastic addition to any healthy diet as they have a great nutritional value. They are rich in protein and other nutrients like fiber, mineral contents, and they have low-fat levels. They are one of the “best” sources of vitamin D. Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants that help with premature aging and ward off serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. A study called "Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life" confirmed that mushrooms have components with outstanding properties to prevent or treat different types of diseases. They have antibacterial and antiviral properties that inhibit the reproduction of the host’s cells.
Medicinal mushrooms contain beta-glucans, which have been found to help fight inflammation and aid the immune system. However, individual species also possess unique compounds that give them a variety of additional benefits.
Here are some things you probably didn't know about 4 of the most powerful medicinal mushrooms!
Do you find yourself exhausted and tired after each day? This mushroom is known for being very stimulating as a natural energy booster at the same time reduces fatigue. This can be especially helpful for those who feel sluggish which is common with aging and those who regularly work out.
Looking for something to help you prevent serious illnesses? Reishi is considered a natural cancer fighter as it can prevent the spread of cancer cells, increase the release of killer cells, and reduce inflammation. They help improve liver function and allow your body to flush out toxins and bacteria more efficiently and improve immunity against diseases.
One of the most popular types of mushrooms! The Shittake is particularly good for the hearts as it lowers bad cholesterol and inhibits the absorption and production of it in the liver. Furthermore, it aids in preventing plaque buildup and helps maintain healthy blood pressure and circulation.
Experiencing mental fatigue and short-term memory gap? This mushroom is some serious brain food! It has been shown to repair and regenerate neurons resulting in improved cognitive function, increase concentration and alleviate anxiety.
The power of medicinal mushrooms doesn't end there.
These are just some of what medicinal mushrooms have to offer, as we only skim the surface of their health benefits. You can think of them as more like an added layer of protection against inflammation, cancer, and stress.
So how is it best to consume medicinal mushrooms?
While mushrooms may be incorporated into your daily diet, you would need to consume a large amount to reap the benefits. The bioavailability of the active ingredients of mushrooms in our favorite dishes is too low to receive any significant therapeutic effect.
The most healthful way to get your mushroom fix is through supplements. Nature’s Extract's Nutraceuticals’ MushroomPro is made with 10 different mushroom blends. It allows you to reap the therapeutic benefits of medicinal mushroom powder and extracts in a convenient capsule form. Though just like any supplement, the effects of medicinal mushrooms are cumulative. You need to take it daily and not just when you feel like it.
All these benefits are the reason why mushrooms truly are such powerful additions to our daily diet. They are the immunity-boosting ingredient we all need in our homes. Get on The Good Habit today.
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