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The Magic of Medicinal Mushrooms

The Magic of Medicinal Mushrooms

The use of medicinal mushrooms has grown hugely in the last year and there are good reasons why.

Mushrooms have been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years and it’s only just become mainstream in western society over the past few years.

They are lauded for their capacity to bring the human body back into a state of equilibrium – or ‘homeostasis’ and strengthen immune and hormonal functions. In the wild, they are usually found growing on trees.

These guys are a powerhouse bursting with polysaccharides, triterpenes, antioxidants and other health-supporting compounds.

Ancient herbal systems have long worked with medicinal, or ‘functional’, mushrooms and modern research is now uncovering the outstanding health benefits of these potent mushrooms.

So, which mushrooms should you be taking?

It depends on what kind of effects you would like to receive.

Here’s a very brief break down of the popular different types of mushrooms on the market and the benefits they may have:

⁃ Mason’s Mushrooms (Immune & Gut Tonic)

A super-blend of nourishing medicinal mushrooms hand-picked to support immunity, gut health, hormonal function and the nervous system. Revered in ancient herbal traditions, these potent adaptogenic herbs boost vitality and encourage longevity.

⁃ Reishi (Calm mind, steady spirit)

Also known as Ganoderma lucidum, reishi is a very safe adaptogen; that means it has the glorious ability to calm the body down, while simultaneously revitalising it. Reishi really is the queen. There are six varieties of reishi (black, white, green, yellow, purple and red) according to ancient texts.

⁃ Lions Maine (Brain & nerve protection)

Research has found that lion’s mane may protect against dementia, reduce mild symptoms of anxiety and depression and help repair nerve damage. It also has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting abilities and been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, ulcers and diabetes

⁃ Chaga (Anti-ageing adaptogen)

Packed with antioxidants, Chaga mushroom may fight cancer and improve immunity, chronic inflammation, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

⁃ Tremella (Hydration & beauty)

In traditional Chinese medicine, Tremella is believed to help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, support lung function (particularly for conditions such as asthma and dry cough) and maintain clear, healthy skin.

⁃ Cordyceps (High-performance tonic)

The extensive research into Cordyceps mushroom shows that the bioactive compounds found within the mushroom may reduce inflammation, increase libido, prevent oxidative stress (anti-ageing) and may hold antimicrobial effects.

⁃ Turkey Tail (Super Immunity)

Containing a variety of powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help boost your immune system and even help fight certain cancer, Turkey Tail may improve gut bacteria balance, which can positively impact your immunity.

⁃ Shiitake (Immune & Cellular support)

Used for boosting the immune system, HIV/AIDS, lowering blood cholesterol levels, hardening of the arteries, diabetes, eczema, colds and flu, treating prostate or breast cancer, and as an anti-aging agent.

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As you can see there are a number of different types that offer incredible benefits!

At Nurcha, we stock reputable brands we know are going to be great quality!

Superfeast and Life Cykel are two great brands you’ll see on the shelves and on our online store!

Medicinal Mushrooms can make an excellent coffee replacement too. Many people have started mixing up their regular morning coffees with medicinal mushrooms and cocoa for a gentler energy hit.

Your body, mind and spirit will love you for it.

 

This is only the tip of the iceberg of information that’s out there about medicinal mushrooms but there’s no denying the effects when you start implementing them for yourself!

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