When it comes to giving excellent nutrition, the first ones that come to mind may be broccoli, leafy greens, and fruits among others. However, there is one humble group that gives an outstanding contribution to health that is neither a vegetable nor fruit.
Meet the humble stellar superfood - mushrooms. They’re fungi - so low key yet so mighty.
It’s considered a superfood and is gaining the popularity it deserves. But did you know how the mushroom industry flourished?
It is believed that people have already been eating it before it was given the name as we call it today. Some 5,000 years ago, mushrooms were regarded by Egyptians as “plants of immortality” which might be the reason why Pharaohs of Egypt considered them food for the gods. They liked its flavor so much that they declared mushrooms a royalty food, and no commoner was allowed to touch nor even talk about eating mushrooms except them. So they successfully secured themselves the entire supply of mushrooms.
But in 1650, a melon grower in Paris, France discovered that mushrooms can be cultivated. From there, it spread in other parts of Europe and America. Chinese and Japanese folks, on the other hand, were believed to have used mushrooms for medicinal purposes for a thousand years. Today, this billion-dollar industry has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world.
Mushrooms and their nutritional health benefits
Below are just some of the wide-reaching benefits of mushroom and why this superfood is good for you:
Natural Immunity Booster
Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants such as selenium that help protect the body from free radicals. Our body needs to eliminate these free radicals because they can build up and cause damage to our bodies’ cells.
Natural Brain Enhancer
Many studies have shown that mushrooms have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that could contribute to the growth of brain neurons. The effect? Better brain functions such as improved memory, focus, and clarity.
Healthy Heart Support
Mushrooms are rich in anti-inflammatory properties as well as chitin and beta-glucan that help lower cholesterol levels. They are also rich in phytonutrients that protect blood vessels’ walls and prevent plaque build-up.
Energy, Stamina, and Mood Booster
The B vitamins, adaptogenic and hormone-balancing properties, and cordycepin compound found in mushrooms make it a superstar when it comes to boosting your energy, stamina, and even improving your mood.
Mushrooms are prebiotic and therefore they act as food for the good bacteria in our gut. With a strong and balanced microbiome, they can in turn create nutrients to fuel our cells. Remember, the gut is where the core of our health is.
The Mushroom Hall of Fame
There are literally thousands of mushroom varieties and about 2,000 of them are edible and some are even considered medicinal. Here, we’ve listed the A-lister mushrooms that can significantly impact your health and wellness:
Popularly known as a nootropic, lion’s mane improves brain functions by supporting new cell growth thereby improving mental clarity, focus, and retention. Because of its nerve and brain health benefits, lion’s mane may help reduce, if not prevent, age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
According to mushroom experts, Shiitake tops the list of shrooms that has the highest concentration of B vitamins. We need B vitamins so that our bodies can turn food into usable energy easily. Shiitake is also rich in beta-glucans that support immune and cardiovascular health.
Also a rich source of antioxidants and beta-glucans, reishi mushrooms help strengthen our immune system, improve cellular and gut health, and assist in the reduction of chronic inflammation. A number of studies have also found that reishi mushrooms have a promising effect on the inhibition of cancer cells.
Also called the “Himalayan Gold”, this mushroom is considered the star mushroom for its energy-boosting benefits. This is due to its cordycepin, used by your body to make a somewhat free fuel for your cells. How? By increasing your ATP* (adenosine triphosphate) levels in the body. Cordyceps also enhance oxygen absorption thereby increasing your lung’s capacity that gives you the stamina for longer endurance.
Maitake is a type of adaptogen known for its stress-combating and immune-boosting ability. Aside from this, maitake mushroom also displays promising effects on preventing and treating cancer, lowering high cholesterol (LDL), keeping heart arteries healthy, increasing insulin production, and controlling blood sugar levels. This mushroom has also been used to treat cold and flu viruses.
This huge popular mushroom in the United States is one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D, which our body needs to absorb calcium. It’s also rich in nutrients that are usually obtained from animals such as protein and vitamin B-12, so white buttons are a good source of these vitamins for plant-based diets.
Aside from promoting digestive health in the gut microbiome, turkey tail mushrooms are rich in PSK and PSP - types of beta-glucans that make this mushroom an excellent immune booster. It strengthens the immune system’s natural killer cells that fight viruses and bacteria. PSK and PSP are now used in Japan and China respectively, for the treatment of cancers.
Tradition has it that Chaga is one of the most powerful antioxidants we have on Earth and is also a potent adaptogen. It contains 200+ phytonutrients, high in amino acids, a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and sterols which are necessary for lowering LDL cholesterol, stabilizing blood pressure, and improving the endocrine system.
Royal Sun Agaricus (Agaricus blazei Murrill)
It was only 40 years ago that this powerful mushroom was discovered by a Japanese researcher. Since then and with further research, this type of mushroom is beneficial for stimulating our immune system’s natural defense, enhancing liver functions, improving insulin resistance, and cleansing the body of toxins.
A Comprehensive Wellness Blend
If you can get all the myriad benefits of this superfood to supercharge your health, how does that sound to you? Well, if that sounds good to you, we got some good news! The comprehensive wellness benefits of this nutritional powerhouse are now made available in Purely Optimal Mushroom Complex.With all the A-listers in our supplement, you can never go wrong with this. The mushrooms in this supplement are carefully sourced from mycelium and fruiting bodies and will give you 1,995 mg of extra nutritional support. It’s non-GMO and vegan-friendly, so it’s definitely safe and a good match for everyone looking for longevity, vitality, and balance in their life. Get the best value for your health right here!