Mushrooms are not only good food, but also have incredible healing qualities. There are several million species of mushroom, and 270 of those are classified as medicinal.
Mushrooms have been used from centuries in China for treating a number of health conditions and diseases. Every medicinal mushroom contains unique compounds that hold special healing properties.
We had an interesting conversation with the CEO of Hybrid Herbs – family run company, which has a huge passion for High Quality Medical Mushrooms with a collection that they can offer straight to you. Here are some interesting facts he provided about medicinal mushrooms that will illustrate the power they possess:
- Mushrooms are Nature’s teeth
Medicinal mushrooms absorb and decompose compounds in the soil around them (including toxic materials as pesticides). Mushrooms help to maintain the ecosystem, by decomposing plants. This way they provide a food source for the insects.
- Some mushrooms can grow without light
Many species don’t require any light to grow, unlike vegetables (because they lack chlorophyll and photosynthesise). There are certain species, such as shiitake mushroom, that require some light to start the fruiting process.
- Mushrooms contain vitamin D
When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it synthesizes vitamin D. This vitamin allows your body to absorb calcium for healthy teeth and bones. Here is an interesting fact: a large percent of the population is deficient in vitamin D, due to an increase in sunscreen use.
If you are a vegan or a vegetarian, mushrooms might be the perfect source of vitamin D for you.
- Better meditation through mushrooms
Reishi mushroom has been used by monks and yogis for thousands of years. Actually, it is well known for its potency in the spiritual area. This shroom can keep you calm, focused and energized. This is very useful if you meditate for long periods of time. Reishi can also help to support immunity, relieve allergies and reduce inflammation.
- Medicinal mushrooms contain B-vitamins
Most medicinal mushrooms contain a mixture of B-vitamins – B2, B3, B6, and B12. These vitamins are substantial for turning food into fuel and for keeping a healthy digestive system.
- Mushrooms can reduce stress
There are some species like cordyceps and chaga, classified as adaptogenic substances (those can help you deal better with mental, physical, and environmental stress factors). These mushrooms are a natural way to deal with anxiety so that you can feel present and calm.
- Mushrooms have 3 parts
Mushrooms contain three main parts: mycelium, the fruiting body, and the spores. The first part (mycelium) helps the mushroom to absorb valuable nutrients from its surroundings. The fruiting body grows above the ground, and the spores act as seeds.
- Mushrooms can enhance athlete performance
Cordyceps, for example, stimulates the production of ATP (one of the main sources of energy in our body cells). This explains the improvement of stamina in athletic performance. Cordyceps extracts also dilate the aorta, which leads to increased blood flow and boosted endurance.
Mushrooms are incredible plants. They have massive potential for helping people with different health issues including anxiety, diabetes, cancer, and high cholesterol. They come in the form of tea or supplement. You can just add a spoonful of it to your morning coffee, smoothie or juice.