4 facts about medicinal mushrooms that will blow your mind
Updated: Jun 15
Medicinal mushrooms can support your health in some surprising ways
Medicinal mushrooms can boost your immune system
Your immune system works hard. Day and night, it’s on alert for infections. When germs are detected, the immune system hunts them down and kills them. In fact, your immune system keeps a record of every germ it has ever encountered. It remembers each one and uses that knowledge to protect you if the same infection strikes twice.
Recognising how hard your immune system works, why not give it a boost with medicinal mushrooms?
A lot of pieces have to work together in the fight against diseases. Did you know that medicinal mushrooms can boost both the levels and activity of many vital pieces of your immune system?
Two of the best immunity-boosters are Turkey Tail and Reishi mushrooms.
Turkey Tail mushrooms are packed with antioxidants, including phenols and flavonoids, which reduce inflammation and stimulate the release of protective compounds.
Reishi mushrooms also contain beta-glucans, which give the immune system a powerful boost.
Medicinal mushrooms can support brain health
The average life expectancy in Australia has risen to 83.5 years. We can expect to hang around a lot longer and many people are looking at ways that they can maintain a positive quality of life.
A great way to do this is to make sure you hang onto your marbles. Many retirees rely on Sudoku to keep their brains sharp, but did you know that medicinal mushrooms can improve cognitive function?
Lion’s Mane mushrooms actually stimulate your neurons to re-grow, and they can also trigger a boost in myelination, which allows your neurons to communicate with each other.
A lot of the research into the benefits of Lion’s Mane medicinal mushrooms has been done on animals, but as popularity grows, so will opportunities to research the benefits of Lion’s Mane for humans.
Mushroom growing practices matter
If you’re relying on medicinal mushrooms to boost your health, you’ll want to be certain that they’re grown in the best conditions possible. Mushrooms are like tiny, delicious sponges. Which is great, as long as you’re sourcing your mushrooms from a reputable grower. It is vital to ensure that your grower has an autoclave, so that she can sterilise her growing medium.
Without an autoclave, the growing medium can become contaminated with chemicals or pesticides. In fact, mushrooms can actually concentrate and deliver nasties to you if they’re grown in sub-standard conditions. That’s why it is very important to ensure that you buy from a reputable grower, who has your best interests (and best practice for growing) at heart.
Mushrooms can deliver Vitamin D
Vitamin D is vital to developing and maintaining strong bones and teeth. But did you know that about 1 in 4 Australians is Vitamin D deficient?
The good news is, mushrooms are a tasty way to boost your Vitamin D levels naturally. By slicing mushrooms and leaving them in the sun, researchers have found that mushrooms actually begin to produce Vitamin D!
All the more reason to cook up a batch of (sun-baked) mushrooms this winter!
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