Up Your Wellness Game with Medicinal Mushrooms

If you're looking for a simple way to boost your health this year, try adding medicinal mushrooms to your routine. Medicinal mushrooms have long been a staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. While their health benefits have been known for thousands of years, their gift of wellness is the perfect remedy for our modern woes, including chronic stress and pollution exposure. With all the different types of medicinal mushrooms out there, how do you pick the right ones for you? We're here to share our top tips for adding mushrooms to your wellness regimen.

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Your local CHFA Member health food store offers a wide range of medicinal mushrooms in supplement form, like tinctures (alcohol-based liquid extract), capsules and powders. After all, medicinal mushrooms aren't your typical white buttons found in the veggie section at the grocery store.

There are many types of medicinal mushrooms available as supplements. With benefits including, better immune function, and more resistance to mental and environmental stresses. The four most popular kinds are: reishi, chaga, lion's mane and cordyceps. Read on to find out what their health benefits are, for whom they're most suited, what they have in common, and how to make them a part of your routine.

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Reishi is used as an adaptogen and longevity tonic but also has a surprising and well-studied benefit known as immuno-modulation. In other words, reishi can either enhance or lower immune system response, depending on your health needs. The immuno-modulating properties of reishi mushroom make it a great choice for people who suffer from auto-immune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's disease.

Chaga mushrooms support a healthy immune function, and is a nutrient-rich superfood. Chaga provides a host of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and active nutrients to nourish and energize. As a nutritional powerhouse, chaga is typically recommended for helping with symptoms of fatigue and low energy.

 

Lion's mane mushrooms are an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with the promising benefit of its effect on nerve and brain health. Lion's mane is a top choice for better cognitive function. The beneficial effects of lion's mane on memory and focus make it a go-to choice for anyone who wants to sustain mental clarity over long periods. What's more, research has shown the benefits of lion's mane for improving cognitive function in adults over 50 years old.

 

Used as an adaptogen and tonic, cordyceps offers extra benefits when it comes to stamina, helping to boost physical endurance and energy. The stamina-building properties of cordyceps mushroom make it a perfect fit for athletes and physically active people who want to boost performance.

How can you take medicinal mushrooms?

At your local CHFA Member health food store, you'll find medicinal mushroom supplements in different forms. Below are a three ways of how you can add them to your daily regimen. Remember to follow the recommended dosage on the product label for best results.

  1. Swirl medicinal mushroom tincture into water or juice and sip.
  2. Take medicinal mushroom capsules with or without food (depending on concentration level, you can expect to take from two to 10 capsules a day).
  3. Scoop medicinal mushroom powder into your smoothies and warm tonics, and sprinkle over grain bowls and popcorn for a tasty, healthy treat.

Medicinal mushroom supplements offer a wide range of health benefits, so what are you waiting for? This year, make medicinal mushrooms a part of your health routine.