Biohacking: What’ve mushrooms got to do with it?
You’ve probably heard the term ‘biohacking’ before and associated it with Silicon Valley CEOs who inject younger people’s blood into their bodies to fight aging. (Yes, this is a thing). But at its core, biohacking is a modern word for something humans have been doing for millenia: making small changes to their daily life and habits to improve their health and wellbeing.
That means if you’ve ever taken a supplement, started an exercise regime, meditated, written in a journal, or eaten a superfood? Congratulations, you’re a biohacker.
Biohacking with medicinal mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms are a supplement that people take for all sorts of reasons. Whether you’re looking to reduce stress, increase alertness, boost your athletic performance, or support good gut health, there’s a mushroom that can help. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of five popular medicinal mushroom species.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms (aka. The Cognitive Enhancer) can boost focus and attention, as well as calming the nervous system. It can support brain function, antioxidant activity and neural growth. And for some people, it can improve sleep quality and mood.
Turkey Tail mushrooms can help support gut health thanks to a compound called polysaccharopeptide (PSP). It has also been reported to support a healthy immune response, because PSP helps to produce immune cells called cytokines. Turkey Tail is great for cold and flu season and may help keep you fighting fit all year long.
Shiitake mushrooms are the world’s most popular mushy, and for good reason. From heart health to regulating cholesterol, shiitake mushrooms are an excellent all-rounder for general health and well being. Not only that, Shiitake mushrooms are a rich source of vitamin D, which can make your skin and hair gleam.
Reishi mushrooms (aka. The Herb of Immortality) have been used for centuries to stimulate the immune system, fight fatigue and lower stress. This is thanks to beta-glucans, which support immunity. Reishi can also be used to improve sleep quality and may help with everyday aches and pains.
Cordyceps mushrooms are a great way to give your energy levels a boost. Not only that, cordyceps can improve brain and liver function, as well as increasing libido and athletic performance. This is thanks to high levels of beta glucans as well as antioxidants.
The original biohack
While the term ‘biohacking’ is new-fangled, medicinal mushrooms are far from it. They’ve been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, and the benefits are far-reaching. That means if you’re keen to give biohacking a go, medicinal mushrooms are a great place to start. Visit our shop to get started today!