Mushrooms have only just begun gaining popularity here in America, but have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years in Asian cultures. Traditionally, medicinal mushrooms have been consumed in tea or pills to aid health in a variety of ways. Studies are proving that mushrooms have immense anti-viral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer properties, but the strongest link by far has been to immune health. The important thing to note is that not all mushrooms are created equal! In fact, according to holistic health expert Dr. Andrew Weil, traditional mushrooms purchased at the store, like crimini and portobello mushrooms, may actually contain carcinogenic properties that may actually have a negative impact on the body.
Read on to learn which mushrooms have the most healing qualities to help you seriously up your nutritional game daily (and that you can find in Vooluu products):
Organic Chaga Mushrooms:
If there was a mushroom kingdom, the chaga mushroom would rule! Growing primarily on Birch trees in colder climates across the Northern Hemisphere, the chaga mushroom is often missed because it doesn’t look like a traditional grocery store mushroom at all. Instead, it has a hard cracked shell and a bright yellow interior and is jam-packed with healing properties. Chaga mushrooms help boost immune function and also keep immunity in check when it’s working in overdrive. Similarly, current studies of chaga mushrooms are indicating a positive reaction when combined with cancer treatment, especially in chemotherapy patients, in helping to re-build immunity after treatment. Further, for those suffering from gastritis or ulcers, these mushrooms are also great for calming the digestive tract. Finally, chaga mushrooms are chock full of antioxidant properties which protect cells from free radical damage and keep our bodies working optimally!
Organic Turkey Tail Mushroom:
Next, let’s take a look at a mushroom with a great name and even greater medicinal benefits. Growing on dead trees in forests throughout the World, turkey tails, much like the animal they’re named after, are bright lacy mushrooms that grow in a variety of bright colors that emit spores into their environment, which help them to reproduce. Like the chaga mushroom, studies in recent years have shown turkey tails to also be helpful in boosting immunity in patients going through radiation therapy. The compound mycelium found in turkey tails targets infected cells and is believed to assist in combating the formation of cancer cells in certain conditions that rely upon prompt, and often harsh treatment.
Organic Reishi Mushrooms:
Top wellness experts rank reishi as #1 on a list of common superfoods due to its wide range of health benefits. In Asian cultures for instance, the Reishi has long been considered a symbol of well-being and longevity, and for good reason! Studies have shown that reishi mushrooms support nerve growth and can help boost neurological function for those suffering with Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. Reishi mushrooms are also beneficial in supporting cancer patients immunity and improving longevity of life by inhibiting cancer cell growth in the body.
Organic Maitake Mushrooms:
Maitake, aka the “King of Mushrooms” is another powerful mushroom that has been proven to slow tumor growth in clinical trials and has also long been used in Japan and China for treatment of those diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension. The Maitake grow in the roots of dead trees and can reach huge sizes at the base of trees, up to 50 pounds! Because Maitake are the softest of the mushrooms we’re highlighting here, they can actually be used in cooking and are said to have a rich flavor. Also, similar to the other mushrooms listed, maitake contain beta glucan that stimulate immune cells and may also be very beneficial in warding off cancer cells and tumors. Finally, Maitake are also high in B vitamins, fiber and potassium and will help keep blood sugar levels in check!
Mushrooms may be new to your diet so take it slow and try out each to see which is right for you. We use a potent blend of each of these mushrooms into our green protein shake, making it a great place to start experimenting! Purchasing high quality, organic mushrooms is also extremely important as they tend to gather up heavy metals and pollutants from the environment during the growing process.
If you’ve seen positive health benefits from medicinal mushrooms in your diet please share your experience in the comments!