Medicinal Mushrooms: How Fungi Can Improve Your Life

Updated: Jan 13

Lion's Mane, Turkey Tail, Reishi and Cordyceps just to name a few...



 

Here it comes! Another simple natural medicinal remedy that has a massive negative stigma behind it. Mushrooms. Not Psilocybin (ya know, the kind you tried one time in the woods with your friends? Not the ones that had you either throwing up or seeing dancing trees). These, my friend are much better and have zero intoxicating effects!


Medicinal Mushrooms have been foraged and used as alternative medicine in many different countries for thousands of years. The first known description of Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) Mushrooms as recorded in 1797 by German mycologist Christian Hendrik Persoon. Ancient Chinese texts have described Lion's Mane Mushroom as a daily elixir for overall wellness.. It is clear that for centuries these mushrooms have been helping people obtain lasting wellness through natural plant based options.


Medicinal mushrooms have an active ingredient called Beta-Glucans. Beta- Glucans are found in the cell wall of mushrooms. They are compounds known as amino glucose polymers called Chitin. Once the chitin is consumed and broken down by high heat temperatures; the body's immune cells consume the converted chitin which now called beta-glucans. Beta Glucans help with immune support.


Listed below are some examples of commonly known medicinal mushrooms and their potential therapeutic benefits.


Lion's Mane Mushroom

Potential Therapeutic Benefits of Lion's Mane Mushroom:

  1. Immune Support

  2. Strengthens Stomach

  3. Memory/Cognitive function support

  4. Blood Sugar Regulating

  5. Nerve Repair

  6. Gastric Support