Top 7 Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms — and How to Use Them
The Top 7 Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms—and How to Use Them!
Medicinal mushrooms are an incredible superfood—benefitting athletes, people who want to improve their overall health, and those suffering from chronic illness. While they have a clinical name, medicinal While medicinal mushrooms like Chaga, Shiitake, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Reishi, and Cordyceps all have unique health benefits, here are some of the best perks these medicinal mushrooms have to offer—whether you’re sick, healthy, or working on holistic mind and body care—plus, tips on how to use them!
What Medicinal Mushrooms Offer Your Body
Without antioxidants, your body would be overrun by free radicals—agents that cause cancer, Alzheimer's, heart problems, premature aging, cataracts, Parkinson's, and many more debilitating issues.1 Medicinal mushroom extracts are packed with antioxidants that break down free radicals to help the body stay healthy. Consider them your personal bodyguards against dangerous free radicals so you can stay active, fight off sickness, and live your best life.
According to research, Cordyceps, Reishi, and Chaga mushrooms have been found to inhibit inflammation in the human body.2,3,4 Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to type 2 diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, and more serious problems.5 Athletes, active individuals, and those with inflammation problems caused by arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, and skin conditions like psoriasis may benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of medicinal mushroom superfoods.
Medicinal mushrooms like Turkey Tail, Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake are valued for their ability to boost the immune system—thanks to mighty beta glucans.6 Turkey Tail was given to people with oral HPV (human papillomavirus) to successfully control this virus.7
Many mushrooms like Reishi and Turkey Tail have a powerful property called triterpenoids that help with weight control. In Turkey Tail, this agent has been found to improve gut flora and therefore help with obesity and overall weight management.8 Maitake has also been shown to help with weight regulation because of its ability to stabilize blood sugar and insulin production.9
Researchers have reported that Chaga and Cordyceps increase energy and endurance—the former even decreasing fatigue too.10,11 If you’re an athlete or someone who suffers from chronic fatigue, you may benefit from these superfoods. Just another reason why medicinal mushrooms are incredible for everyone!
Whether you’re having difficulty getting pregnant, suffering from painful intercourse, or
feeling the effects of aging on your sex drive and performance, medicinal mushrooms
may help. Researchers have discovered that some medicinal mushrooms benefit to the libido, sexual dysfunction, and fertility!12
Lion’s Mane is the ultimate “feel good” medicinal mushroom. This fungi boosts mood, decreases anxiety, and has been shown to improve mental capabilities of patients who have early-stage dementia.13,14 Shiitake is also a powerful supplement for brain health. According to research, this superfood boosts brain function in older adults thanks to its concentrations of B vitamins and folate.15
How to Use Medicinal Mushrooms and Extracts
There are many ways to enjoy medicinal mushroom extracts. Here are three of our favorites:
If you have whole, dried medicinal mushrooms you can steep your own tea. Don’t worry, it won’t taste “mushroomy” at all. Instead, get ready for an earthy, full-bodied flavor that’s tasty and great for your health. Here’s a recipe for our favorite Chaga tea you can try at home with our extracts.
- Pour 1 cup of water into a pot
- Bring to a boil
- Add 1 tsp of Wholesun Wellness Chaga mushroom extract (depending on how strong you like it)
- Lower heat and simmer, or until tea is almost completely opaque (dark brown).
- Strain out the solid chunks
Enjoy hot or iced—plain or with honey, agave, or your favorite sweetener! If it’s too strong, add distilled water
Love waking up with a green juice or fresh fruit smoothie? Add in your daily dose of Wholesun Wellness medicinal mushroom extract to get your day started! Hydrating yourself and ingesting vitamin C alongside your medicinal mushroom supplement will help your body absorb its beneficial properties faster.
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Mix your daily recommended dose of medicinal mushrooms into salads, granolas, oatmeal, cereal, peanut butter sandwiches, and your favorite foods. You’ll be surprised at how many ways you can incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your diet!
Whether you already take medicinal mushroom supplements or want to add these incredible superfoods to your diet, we hope you use this guide to find the best mushrooms for your body and health goals!