OUR MOST-LOVED MUSHROOMS FOR IMMUNITY
As immunity is HOT right now (and as it should always have been), we constantly find ourselves searching for tried and tested, no BS ways to keep our immune systems in check.
Medicinal mushrooms will always be one of our favourite tools as they support and help to regulate the immune system by containing powerful immune-boosting polysaccharides, 1,2/1,6 beta-glucans. PLUS they have wonderful adaptogenic properties for the times when our nervous system needs a little TLC too.
The two really do go hand in hand. Chronic stress impacts our immunity.
What’s more, they are packed full of glorious nutrients as the mushroom’s mycelial acts like the ultimate sponge, absorbing everything from the environment all whilst breaking down pollutants.
And we could go on, but it could take a while. Luckily from you, we’ve sorted through and carefully selected the main points that you need to know about medicinal mushrooms for every occasion and our five favourite medicinal mushroom products for immunity.
Everything you need in one pot, plus added food-grown vitamin C from rosehip for the extra immune support. Containing every medicinal mushroom we can name off the top of our heads, from Chaga to Maitake, Lion’s Mane to Shiitake, they have all angles covered.
Unlike the rest of Four Sigmatic’s blends, this one just contains the mushroom extracts. Whilst it certainly doesn’t taste the same way their glorious hot cacao mixes do, it’s a fantastic immunity staple to keep in the pantry for smoothies and soups.
Whilst reishi certainly hits all of the immune-boosting properties that we love in a medicinal mushroom, it is also a potent adaptogen. Reishi aids with stress and adrenal support as well as having a sedative effect, hence why Four Sigmatic have thrown it into a hot cacao blend.
Reishi also offers liver support by stimulating certain detoxification enzymes, key for balancing hormones and tackling pesky PMS symptoms.
The many benefits of Maitake mushroom are fairly new to us, but SO exciting nonetheless. Maitake may help to increase insulin sensitivity and have a hypoglycaemic effect, essential in those with metabolic syndrome or diabetes. Similarly, it can be used to support ovulation in women with PCOS. We love the Mushrooms for Life supplement in capsule form as its insanely easy to incorporate into your everyday.
As the name suggests, you can recognise the turkey tail mushroom by its turkey tail appearance. Luckily, Hybrid Herbs have done the hard word and created a potent powder from the extract.
Turkey tail contains Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP) and Krestin (PSK), both highly immune supportive and currently undergoing research for their role in complementary cancer therapy. As with all medicinal mushrooms, turkey tail is high in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory, plus it may also increase insulin sensitivity.
Turkey Tail also contains prebiotic fibre, essential in establishing a healthy gut microbiome.
The idea of smuggling medicinal mushrooms into coffee is quite frankly genius. Both have a rather earthy, bitter taste and the adaptogenic properties of mushrooms complement the stimulating effects of coffee perfectly.
This blend from Four Sigmatic contains both Chaga (the real MVP in the mushroom world), traditionally valued as the ultimate vitality and immunity booster and for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-pathogen and ant-fungal effects, and cordyceps. Cordyceps mushroom may support fertility, in both males and females and libido. Plus it can also support exercise performance in athletes.
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