September is National Mushroom Month, and we couldn’t be more excited to share all things mushrooms. With the enhanced recognition in recent years of mushrooms and their eminent health benefits, we’re happy to see mushrooms are getting the appreciation they deserve.
Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) likes to take advantage of this time to participate in National Mushroom Month by sharing mushroom information and offering mushroom recipes on their Twitter account, ChooseMyPlate.gov.
For us to do our own part in honoring National Mushroom Month, we’re going to share our own all-time favorite mushrooms, including supplement recommendations, so you can know where to get your own quality mushrooms and reap the most benefit from these little bundles of health.
Please note to always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine.
Firstly, the appearance of Lion’s Mane mushrooms are appetizing as itself; looking a bit like seafood, so they won’t put you off by their appearance if you’re a seafood lover. Secondly, the health benefits of these little pom pom mushrooms are incredible! Not only will they help alleviate depression, anxiety and prevent dementia––as well as improve immune function––they can also help kill cancer cells. A study done on mice found that Lion’s Mane was actually more effective than traditional cancer medications at slowing tumor growth. More studies are being conducted that are examining Lion’s Mane as an attractive new source of natural compounds for future cancer therapy.
We recommend paying close attention to the quality and ingredients list of supplements, so by careful examination and our own thorough research, we recommend only the best mushrooms available on the current market.
In saying that, we recommend Real Mushrooms Lion’s Mane Extract Powder. This is one of our favorite Lion’s Mane supplements because they’re hand picked, organic Lion’s Mane used to make the best extract possible. They’re 100% pure mushrooms without any added mycelium, starch, grains, or fillers––so you know exactly what you’re getting. You can use this powder in just about anything: coffee, tea, shakes or smoothies.
What can we say about Turkey Tail mushrooms? Actually, we have much to say about their wide range of medicinal benefits; however, we will only mention here the fact of how incredibly powerful they are with immune-boosting properties. Also, they play an important role as a potent adjunct therapy to conventional cancer treatments. So, it’s no surprise that they make our list of all-time favorite mushrooms. We personally use Turkey Tail mushrooms for their gut bacteria balance properties to further support our immune system, which is ever so important during this pandemic.
With a range of many different Turkey Tail supplements out there, we recommend Real Mushrooms Turkey Tail Supplements. Just like the Lion’s Mane supplements we introduced above, the company Real Mushrooms produces one of the best possible mushroom supplements on the market due to their 40 years of mushroom experience of growing and harvesting mushrooms.
Their Turkey Tail supplements are one of, if not the most, potent on the market, and measured levels of beta-glucans that are verified by 3rd party laboratories, so quality assurance is held to the highest degree.
You mushroom lovers out there may already know the benefits of consuming Cordyceps mushrooms for their antioxidant rich properties. However, there’s some things that you may not already know. Cordyceps have been traditionally used for the enhancement of sexual function in humans. Such effects are related to testosterone enhancement in plasma through adenosine monophosphate. Additionally, Cordyceps can be linked to several other bioactivities, such as anti-tumor, immunomodulatory, reproductive function enhancement, hypoglycemic, and anti-fatigue activities, as well as protective effects on the kidney and liver.
Understanding that Cordyceps are very difficult to harvest, it’s not shocking that their price tag tends to be very steep. So, the majority of Cordyceps supplements on the market actually contain a synthetically grown version called Cordyceps CS-4. But be careful when choosing such supplements––there’s been evidence of lead poisoning caused by a contaminated Cordycep supplement.
Knowing this, be sure to look for brands that carry the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) or NSF International (NSF) seal, like Cordyceps-M Peak Performance from Real Mushrooms. Unlike many other mushroom supplements which are made from Cordyceps Sinensis that is unable to produce a fruiting body, Real Mushrooms Cordyceps-M is made only from Cordyceps Militaris fruiting bodies. Containing no fillers grains or no additives.
Chaga has been referred to as the “King of Mushrooms”. With their nutrient-dense superfood properties, Chaga mushrooms can fight inflammation and harmful bacteria or viruses in the body. One study found the use of Chaga in mice reduced inflammation and gut damage by hindering inflammatory cytokines.
Another study conducted on rats with high cholesterol showed that consuming chaga mushroom extract reduced “bad” LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides, all the while increasing antioxidant levels.
With Chaga being packed with an abundance of antioxidants with a flavorful taste, you’re able to have Chaga in a tea or supplement form. Personally, we like to use Chaga, Digestive Health from Real Mushrooms. They’re made only from 100% wild harvested Chaga Sclerotium and have been proven to be an antioxidant superfood, packed with a variety of nutrients like B-complex, vitamin D, potassium, calcium, amino acids, etc.
As a symbol of success, divine power, well-being and longevity, Reishi (lingzhi) mushrooms are regarded as the herb of spiritual potency and essence of immortality. So, the list of health benefits of Reishi mushrooms is extensive, such as treating ailments of hypertension, diabetes, chronic hepatitis and arthritis––just to name a few.
Just like many other of the mushrooms we’ve gone over, Reishi mushrooms also have immune-supporting benefits.
Reishi mushroom is often found in the form of dry, powdered extracts encapsulated or in tea blends. Tea seems to be one of the most popular ways to take reishi mushroom. We found Real Mushroom’s Reishi supplement, Reishi 415, to be quick and easy to take. Plus, these are exclusively made from 100% log grown, organic red Reishi Mushrooms––providing you with a 45-day supply of quality extracts that are certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, non-gmo, vegan, dairy-free and nut-free.
High amounts of polysaccharides (compounds called beta-glucans) are found in Shiitake mushrooms, which plays a significant role in warding off cold and flu viruses. Shiitake has the ability to activate the immune system without overstimulation which could cause problems. Beta-glucans have also shown promise in the treatment of HIV infection.
Shiitakes can be found at the most natural food markets, either fresh or dried in plastic bags. Dried mushrooms are simple to reconstitute by adding water as well. While we enjoy cooking with Shiitakes, we also like to incorporate Quality of Life AHCC supplements. Having been researched by Yale and Harvard, this Shiitake supplement is unique in that most mushrooms contain primarily beta-glucans where AHCC is rich in alpha-glucans––a type of polysaccharide with very potent immune enhancing effects.
Now, it’s your turn to share your favorite mushrooms with us! Share in the comment section below, and let us know how you’re celebrating National Mushroom Month this year.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Advanced MycoTech assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.
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