WELLNESS--The word mushroom is derived from the French word for fungi and molds. Mushrooms are one of the oldest growths on earth and have been around for centuries dating back to the times of Egyptian pharaohs as documented in ancient hieroglyphics. They were considered a mystical and healing food available only to royalty.
Today mushrooms have become a part of our everyday diet and many of us enjoy them in salads, on burgers, or in an omelet. We eat them because we love their unique, woodsy flavor but what we are learning is that mushrooms contain some of the most potent immune-supporting agents in the world including long-chain polysaccharides such as alpha and beta-glucan molecules. They also comprise of fungal proteins, lectins, and peptides, which have been shown to support the immune system too.
Numerous stories are popping up online of people using mushrooms along with chemotherapy to treat their cancer and other ailments. Of course it’s too early to make claims that mushrooms cure cancer, however more and more studies are showing promising results.
I personally take 2 teaspoons of a special mushroom powder blend daily which contains 9 species. Luckily there is no history of cancer in my family but as a health advocate, I like to take proactive steps to give my body the boost it needs, especially in these times where we are bombarded by toxins, chemicals, EMF signals, and other environmental hazards.
Here are just a handful of the over 100 species of mushrooms available which have been heavily researched to provide immune-support and other health benefits.
Turkey Tail - Turkey Tail mushrooms are a highly regarded source of beta-glucans that support and strengthen immune function and provide an array of antioxidants.
Reishi - Red reishi in particular is the number one herbal adaptogen in Chinese medicine. It provides superior relief for emotional and physical stress, balances immune function, calms the central nervous system, and supports cardiovascular function.
Lion’s Mane - This species stimulates synthesis of nerve growth factor supporting the health and function of nerves. It also supports proper digestive function.
Cordycep - Cordycep mushrooms are known to reduce symptoms of respiratory disorders, coughs, colds, inflammation, and liver damage. They increase overall energy levels and reduce stress in the body.
King Trumpet - King Trumpet contains a unique fungal master antioxidant called L-ergothioneine and supports cardiovascular function along with proper digestive health.
Shiitake - Supports vitality and body balance and supports oral health. It also contains L-ergothioneine and assists the body in proper detoxification.
Antrodia - Antrodia supports the bodies detoxification process, strengthens kidney and liver function, and supports endurance and stamina.
Royal Sun Agaricus - This unique species is highly regarded for it’s support of the immune system, blood sugar balancing, and weight management.
Maitake - Maitake supports the immune system, cardiovascular function, and blood sugar regulation.
Chaga - This fungus is very high in the potent antioxidant SOD or superoxide dismutase. Chaga provides energy, cardiovascular health support, intestinal and liver detoxification, and helps to promote healthy blood sugar levels.
You can incorporate more mushrooms into your daily diet or you may decide like me, to take a high-potency powder or supplement. Make sure to look for mushrooms that are organically grown and GMO free. Mushrooms tend to absorb much from their environmental surroundings making it vital to choose a pure and natural product.
If you’d like more information about the superfood mushroom powder that I take, please reach out and I’ll be happy to share more details.
(Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles. http://www.jaybradleylifestyle.com, He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!)