The Medicinal Uses of Mushrooms

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In many cultures, mushrooms are perceived to be sacred and majestical living beings. This post is about mushrooms that help balance and restore the immune system, increase oxygen flow to cells, boost mental and creative acuity, regulate blood sugar, lower stress levels, promote restful sleep, and cure a plethora of physical, mental, and emotional ailments. This post will not be touching on any of the species with psilocybin, perhaps I will create a different post about those at a later date. I have composed some information about some of the most notorious of the medicinal mushrooms, I hope you find it useful!

Reishi

Helps with seasonal allergies, reduces stress, improves sleep, helps body fight viruses and bacteria by stimulating the production of T-Cells, has polysacharrides destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors, and slow the spread of existing cancers, treats inflammation, decrease depression symptoms, increases quantity and quality of sleep

Chaga

Fights against the common cold, makes hair look healthier, shiner, makes skin glow, lowers inflammation caused by stress.  The polysaccharides of Chaga increase the production of lymphocytes which helps fight off infections.

Cordyceps

Increases stamina, hormone production, improves lung function, increases ATP (your body's chemical energy), shrinks tumors, reduces symptoms caused by asthma and bronchitis. Helps with blood flow, overall heart health, and lowering cholesterol.

Lions Mane

Improves concentration and memory, repairs and regenerates neurons (reversing cognitive deterioration, resulting in better cognition) boosts immune system with polysaccharides and antioxidants, reduces depression and anxiety

Turkey Tail

Helps the common cold and flu, regulates digestion, helps heal infections, contain polysaccharide-k which decreased the mortality rate of patients with gastric, colorectal cancers, reduced symptoms in those suffering from leukemia and lung cancer

Shiitake

Fights viral and bacterial infections, including the microbes that lead to dental cavities. They lower cholesterol, contain a polysaccharide called Lentinan, which suppresses the growth of tumors and possibly prevent cancer formation.

Maitake

has anti-diabetic properties, increasing insulin resistance and resting glucose serum levels, suppress tumor growth and spread by stimulating T-cells and macrophages that envelop and destroy cancer cells.

So, as you can see, there are many kinds of "magical" mushrooms! These are just a small fraction of the different kinds that are out there. I recently purchased a combination of 10 different mushrooms that comes blended in a powder. It contains Lions Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps, Chaga, Enoki, Maitake, Shiitake, Tremella, Meshima, and Agaricus Blazei. You can check out this product here. The taste is a bit strong for smoothies, I recommend making a ramen, as it has an earthy flavor that compliments soup nicely.

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