I love using medicinal mushroom blends daily. These are becoming more popular nowadays and it is easier to get these in different brands. Some of the widely available brands that allow for the powder to be purchased in larger bags are:
- Hybrid herbs
- Indigo Nutrition
- Mushrooms 4 Life
- Cordeceps mushroom may boost energy production
- It is traditionally used to boost strength and physical energy in older adults
- It is found in a number of complexes to boost and manage energy production following fatigue. I have used it for several years now to help boost my body's energy production as well as to nourishing and feed my adrenals.
Cordeceps is my go-to for nourishing and supporting my adrenals. So this is one of my daily essentials.
- Reishi mushroom supports the immune system
So both Cordeceps and Reishi are my essentials for travel. I love taking mine in sachet form when I am travelling to make it even easy especially if I am on the go a lot.
- Chaga is an amazing nutrient-dense superfood that feeds the body with additional minerals and vitamins. Some of which includes selenium, zinc, vitamin B, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium and much more
- Chaga is also great for gut health
- Chaga's role in regulating cytokine production may also help control inflammation. Therefore, chaga may have a role in fighting autoimmune conditions and possibly some other diseases.
- One important thing to note is that chaga carries some risks. It could also trigger side effects and may interact dangerously with some medications. As chaga lowers blood sugar, it can be dangerous for people taking insulin and other blood sugar-lowering medications. There is it important to check with your GP, Naturopath, Functional Medicine Specialist or Nutritionist before going ahead and taking it independently.
- Lions Maine is amazing for brain health, there is evidence that Lions Maine may help with re-myelination as well but more human studies are needed on this.
- Research has found that lion’s mane mushroom extract may help speed recovery from these types of injuries by stimulating the growth and repair of nerve cells.
- Lion’s mane mushroom is said to contain compounds that stimulate the growth of brain cells and protect them from damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the research I have looked at shows that only a few studies have been carried out and that more human research is needed.
Over the years, I have moved away from the blended capsules or tablets that contain Cordyceps and I've moved to using FourSigma Cordyceps and Reishi powder especially when I'm travelling. when I am home, I mix up my own blends for my mushroom morning coffee. I mix my cordeceps and reishi together and this helps to kickstart my body for the busy day that lies ahead. But I also love adding Chaga and Lions Maine in most days when I am at home.
So I end up having 2 cups of mushroom coffee in the morning and I can feel the difference when I don't have them.
I believe that one size does not fit everyone when it comes to nutrition and health. I know mushrooms don't agree with everyone so it has to be trialled to see if it works for you or not. Also, it's very important to seek advice before trialling this yourself especially if you are taking medication to make sure it is not going to affect the effectiveness of my medication.
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