Millennials and modern science are catching on to what herbalists and traditional healers have known for millennia: Mushrooms are medicinal and have some fantastic health benefits ( besides some other adaptogens and herbs ).
“Shrooms” generally do one of the two following things, health-wise: They help with stress and/or the immune system. Many of them have potent antiviral and antitumor properties, while some support metabolic and inflammatory conditions such as hypertension and cholesterol.
Clinical herbalists and nutritionists think mushrooms are the perfect food to help counteract the stress of our busy modern lives, which can be very taxing on the immune system. Mushrooms play both sides of the field in your immune system: On defense, mushrooms like CORDYCEPS and TURKEY TAIL directly fight viruses and bacteria. These are called “immune stimulants. “
On the offense, mushrooms ( including REISHI, CHAGA, LION’S MANE and SHIITAKE ) help nourish and even strengthen your immune system. These are called “immune tonics”. You’ve likely already heard of some herbs like ashwagandha, maca and tulsi that are adaptogens, helping the body adapt to both environmental and psychological stresses. But mushrooms can also be adaptogens. This category of herbs supports the endocrine, nervous, and immune system, and they support the adrenals, which are in charge of stress management.
Adaptogenic mushrooms are available in a variety of forms: powdered, capsules, extracts, drinks and whole food. 🍄