Health Benefits of Mushrooms
Mushrooms have been shown to support general health. Some believe that many of the compounds in the mushroom can treat or prevent certain health conditions, for example:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease)
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Agaricus Blazei Mushroom is a type of medical mushroom that has been used in folk medicine for centuries. Some believe that this medical mushroom can exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-tumor, and hypoglycemic effects. Studies have also shown that it may help to treat or prevent infections, allergies, cancer and many different types of diseases.
Maitake Mushroom in Japanese means “dancing mushroom”. This type of adaptogen mushroom is said to have gotten its name because its incredible healing powers made people “dance with happiness” upon finding it in the wild. The adaptogen herbs have been used for stress and hormonal balance and are said to enhance the state of non-specific resistance in stress.
Within the Reishi Mushroom are several molecules including triterpenoids, polysaccharides and peptidoglycans. Some studies have shown that these molecules may be responsible for many different types of health benefits including:
- Boost the Immune System
- Anti-Cancer Properties
- Fight Fatigue and Depression
- Support Heart Health
- Improving good cholesterol
- Control Blood Sugar
- Improving antioxidants in the body
In some forms of traditional medicine, the Shiitake Mushroom is considered a medical mushroom and one of the most popular mushrooms worldwide. The compounds including polysaccharides, terpenoids, sterols, and lipids may lower cholesterol, support heart health and boost immunity. Other potential benefits include antibacterial and antiviral effects. It may also help to build strong bones since mushrooms are the only natural plant source of vitamin D.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom or Hericium erinaceus is a therapeutic mushroom. Its compounds are used in many health supplements. The Bioactive substances in the Lion’s Mane Mushroom may help to support health function of the brain, heart and stomach. It has also been shown to support your body’s overall immunity.
The Turkey Tail Mushroom is named for the colorful pattern that resembles the feathers on a turkey. Researchers have noted that this mushroom may provide a huge boost to your immune system. Some of the potential Turkey Tail Mushroom benefits include:
- Preventing and treating the common Cold and Flu
- Aids in Digestion
- May Help Patients with HIV/AIDS
- Helps Treat Human Papilloma Virus
In summary this impressive list of benefits is due in part to polysaccharides (including beta-glucans), a carbohydrate that heavily benefits the immune system, blood sugars, and cholesterol levels. These mushrooms are also amphoteric, this means that they harmonize whatever needs bringing into balance in your body. Mushrooms help your body adapt to stressors, strengthen your body’s immune defensive mechanisms, and strengthen energy and vitality. The antioxidants in these mushrooms help protect against harmful free radicals and help strengthen resistance to immune challenges.