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    Functional Mushrooms: A Guide to Their Health Benefits

    Date: 2023-04-18

    If you're always on the lookout for natural ways to promote health, then you may have come across the term "functional mushrooms". These aren't your ordinary mushrooms that you can buy at the grocery store. Instead, they are known for their incredible health benefits and have been used for centuries in tradtional medicine.

    In this guide, we'll dive into the world of mushrooms and explore their numberous health benefits. From promoting our immune systems to cognitive function, they have a lot to off. Here at Mother Earth Natural Health we want you to be informed and educated.

    The History of Functional Mushrooms

    Mushrooms have a long and fascinating hisory as they have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. In fact, many of the functional mushrooms that are popular today, such as Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake, have been used for centuries to provide relief to a wide range of health conditions. One of the earliest recorded uses was by the ancient Chinese philosopher and herbalist, Shen Nong. He is said to have tasted hundreds of herbs and plants in search of medicinal properties and is credited with discovering the health properties of many of these mushrooms. Over the centuries, they have been used to provide relief from a wide range of health conditions, from respiratory infections to digestive problems. Today, they are becoming increasingly popular in the Western world, for their health benefits!

    Types of Functional Mushrooms and Their Benefits

    Functional mushrooms come in many different varieties, each with its own unique set of health benefits. Here are some of the most popular types and what they can do for your health. 

    Reishi Mushoom

    Reishi mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms, and for good reason. They are packed with antioxidants and are known for their immune-boosting properties. In fact, reishi mushrooms are often referrered to as the "king of mushrooms" due to their many health benefits.
    • Boosting the immune system†
    • Reducing inflammation†
    • Improving sleep qulaity†
    • Supporting liver health†
    • Reducing stress and anxiety†

    Shiitake Mushroom

    Shiitake mushrooms are another popular functional mushroom that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. They are a good source of B vitamins, and are known for their immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. 
    Some of the potential benefits of shiitake mushroms include:
    • Boosting the immune system
    • Reducing inflammation
    • Lowering cholesterol levels
    • Supporting cardiovascular health
    • Improving brain function

    Cordyceps Mushroom

    Cordyceps mushrooms are a unique type of functional mushroom that grows on caterpillars in the Himalayan mountains. They are known for their potential energy-boosting properties and are often used by atheltes to improve their performance.
    • Boosting energy levels
    • Improving athletic performance
    • Supporting respiratory health
    • Reducing inflammation
    • Improving kidney function

    Chaga Mushroom
    Chaga, also known as Inonotus obliquus, is a type of mushroom that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to boost immunity and improve overall health. This mushroom is rich in antioxidants, it has many benefits. 
    Some of the potential benefits of Chaga mushrooms include:
    • Protect against oxidative stress†
    • Boost immunity†
    • Reduce long term inflammatory stress†
    • Stimulate white blood cells†

    Lion's Mane Mushroom
    Lion's Mane, also known as hericium erinaceus, is a type of medicinal mushroom that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It is known for its potential cognitive benefits, including improving memory, focus, and overall brain function.
    Some of the potential benefits of Lion's Mane Mushroom include: 
    • Supporting memory, focus, and brain health
    • Healthy circulation
    • Health Inflammatory response 
    • Fight fatigue

    Turkey Tail Mushroom

    Turkey tail, also known as Trametes Versicolor Polyporales, contains polysaccharides, which are complex carbohydrates that may help boost the immune system and fight off infections.
    Some of the potential benefits of Turkey Tail mushrooms include:
    • Supporting the immune system†
    • Healthy inflammatory response†
    • Helps nourish helpful bacteria†
    These statements have not been evaluated by The Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

    How Functional Mushrooms Differ from Psychedelic

    It's important to note that functional mushrooms are not the same as psychedlic mushrooms, which contain the compound psilocybin. While psychedelic mushrooms have been used for spiritual and medicinal purposes for centuries, they are illegal in many parts of the world and can be dangerous if not used under the guidance of a trained professional.
    Functional mushroms, on the otherhand, are legal and safe to consume. They do not contain psilocybin, and are instead used for their many health benefits. They do not have any hallucinogenic properties, and promote health.

    If you're interested in adding functional mushrooms into your supplement routine, Mother Earth Natural Health has a full line including Reishi, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Chaga, and Turkey Tail. It is always important to talk to your health care provider before adding a supplement into your diet. 

    Always talk to your primary care physician before adding a new supplement into your daily routine. As they can interact with certain medicatiosn, so if you're taking any prescription medications, be sure to talk to your doctor before consuming.

    Conclusion and Final Thoughts
    Functional mushrooms are an incredibly powerful superfood that offer a wide range of health benefits. From boosting your immune system to improving your cognitive function and reducing inflammation.† And as always, but sure to talk to your docotr before starting any new supplement regimen. With the right precautions, functional mushrooms can be a safe and effective way to improve your health and wellbeing. Stop by in-store or online to find out which funcitonal mushroom would best suit you. 

    †These statements have not been evaluated by The Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.