Though medicinal mushrooms have been recorded in use for over 6,000 years, they’re still one of the more overlooked food groups in the modern age. They’re starting to attract some attention, though, as more people recognize their medicinal properties.
The typical Western diet isn’t all that conducive to good health, so it’s a good idea to work on filling in the missing nutritional elements. Here at Crucial Four, we believe that medicinal mushrooms are one of the key food groups missing from a typical diet. Adding them can help turn your eating habits, and your health, around in a positive way.
Traditionally, people have used medicinal mushrooms to help modulate the immune response and reduce inflammation. They also help support a healthy digestive, cardiovascular, and endocrine system. And those claims aren’t just hear-say.
We now know that medicinal mushrooms have a beta-glucan (carbohydrate) component inside the polysaccharide that interacts with the immune system. They also contain other healthy compounds such as triterpenoids or flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In addition, studies suggest that the use of medicinal mushrooms help reduce fatigue and support longevity and well-being. There’s really no reason not to add them to your diet.
There are several ways to add medicinal mushrooms to your diet. And with at least 270 mushrooms out there that have therapeutic properties, there are plenty of different types to choose from. The problem is knowing where to start.
Species To Start With
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) are two of the most widely talked about medicinal mushrooms. These mushrooms are packed with medical benefits. And if you want to try out just one or two types of mushrooms they’re a good place to start. Other widely recommended mushrooms include Cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis), Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), and Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor or Trametes versicolor).
How To Eat Them
You can often purchase these mushrooms in a dried form to incorporate them into your cooking. Depending on where you live there may also be the option to harvest them yourself, though you have to be very careful when doing that. You don’t want accidentally get a poisonous mushroom or pick up a mushroom that has been contaminated in some way.
We offer a safe, convenient way to get the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms. Our Wildcrafted Chaga Extract Tincture and Reishi Spore Oil Capsules deliver the benefits of these mushrooms in a pure, healthy form. And you’ll get even more mushroom varieties in our Organic Superfood Powder. So if you want to get the most benefit from your mushrooms with the least amount of hassle, give our products a try.