Mushrooms! Some people love ‘em, some people just can’t stand ‘em. Whatever your preference, these fantastic fungi are gaining more and more traction as powerful health superfoods.
New studies are coming out every year verifying what ancient chinese medicine has known for centuries: mushrooms are some of the healthiest foods you can possibly eat!
That being said, not all mushrooms are created equal. Don’t get the idea that putting those extra portobellos on your pizza will suddenly mean you’ll never get the sniffles again...
So which mushroom a day will keep the doctor away?
To make it easy for you, here’s a list of the 4 “functional mushrooms” regarded as the most potent immune boosting superfoods you can take:
Reishi, also known as ganoderma or lingzhi, has been used in ancient chinese herbal medicine for over 2,000 years because of its immune-boosting properties.
Recent scientific research shows that Reishi can boost your immune system by increasing the amount1 and activity2 of white blood cells in your body.
Why is this important? Well, if you remember your high school bio class, white blood cells help your body fight viral and bacterial infections. More white blood cells working harder means your body will be better prepared to handle whatever nature throws your way.
This extraordinary mushroom can also help you lose weight3, and even has anti-cancer properties4. And that’s not all! Reishi has been shown to reduce depression and fatigue5 in multiple studies.
No wonder Reishi is called the “divine mushroom of immortality”!
Remember that old saying about “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? Nothing could be more true of chaga mushrooms.
What Chaga may be lacking in beauty, it more than makes up for with powerful immune boosting vitamins and minerals like vitamin D, zinc, and B-complex vitamins.
This nutrient-dense functional mushroom is also rich in antioxidants, which can help slow the aging process6 by preventing dangerous oxidation in your body. Sign me up!
Chaga has been shown over and over again to lower blood sugar7, improve cholesterol levels8, and even fight cancer cells9.
These unique mushrooms even help stop harmful inflammation10, which can reduce the risk of arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's.
Who said food needed to look good to be good for you?
3 Turkey Tail
The turkey tail gets its unusual name because the colors resemble a wild turkey. But don’t worry if you’re vegan — this mushroom contains 0 animal products.
Turkey tail mushrooms are packed full of potent antioxidants called “phenols” and “flavonoids”. Without getting too scientific, these compounds can reverse inflammation and tell your body to produce special proteins that help protect you from infectious diseases11.
You’ve probably heard how important probiotics are for your health. These healthy bacteria live in your gut and can boost your immune system, reduce depression, and even help you lose weight12. However, what you may not know is that it’s also important to take prebiotics as well.
Prebiotics are the food that probiotics eat. Turkey tail mushrooms are loaded with so many prebiotics13 that every time you eat them, you’re giving your healthy bacteria a feast as well!
Maybe next Thanksgiving I’ll skip the turkey and have some turkey tail mushrooms instead...
Maitake is known as the “dancing mushroom” because when ancient people found it growing they started dancing with happiness for finding such a healing ingredient. Kinda like how I start dancing when I find the brand of kale chips I love at the grocery store…
Like most of the mushrooms on this list, maitake are excellent at boosting your immune system, and multiple studies have shown that these mushrooms fight cancer14 and even reduce potential tumor growth15.
In 2015 a research study showed that maitake also can lower your cholesterol, give you more energy, and even keep your arteries healthy16.
But the best part about maitake mushrooms is that they’re stuffed with a soluble fiber called beta glucan. Beta glucan is one of the best fibers you can eat since it boosts heart health and regulates blood sugar, which can lower your risk of type-2 diabetes by as much as 21%17.
Even the FDA has approved18 a heart-healthy label for foods containing high amounts of beta glucan.
Next time I have some maitake I’ll be dancing for sure!
A Better Way To Take Functional Mushrooms
So you know that these 4 mushrooms are fantastic for your immune health… what now?
Unfortunately you can’t just stroll into your local supermarket and expect to find these mushrooms in the produce aisle. And even if you do find them in a specialty store they’re usually quite expensive.
Some companies have gone to making mushroom powder you can put in drinks like coffee and tea. It’s a neat idea, but for me, I prefer my coffee to taste like... well, coffee.
The sad fact is that healthy, functional mushrooms have always been hard to include in your diet… until now.
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No expensive trips to the specialty store. No weird recipes to make. No mixing clumpy powder and ruining your morning cup o’ joe.
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