There is a new trend circulating and they're calling it a 'SHROOM BOOM!
Set aside their trending status for a moment and you'll recall that mushrooms have been used for their nutritional and medicinal properties for centuries! Here are some interesting facts about five specific types of mushrooms:
- Cordyceps: This mushroom is found in the Himalayan mountains and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is considered an adaptogen, which means it helps the body cope with stress.
- Lion's Mane: Known for its unique appearance, this mushroom has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to support brain health and cognitive function. It contains compounds that can stimulate the growth of nerve cells and may help with conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
- Reishi: This mushroom is also known as the "mushroom of immortality" and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years. It contains compounds that can boost the immune system and may help with conditions such as allergies, asthma, and liver disease.
- Chaga: This mushroom is found on birch trees in cold climates and has been used in traditional Russian and Scandinavian folk medicine for centuries. It is rich in antioxidants and may help boost the immune system and lower inflammation.
- Ashwagandha: This mushroom is also known as Indian ginseng and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties. It is believed to help improve cognitive function, reduce anxiety and depression, and boost fertility.
Here are a few more facts about mushrooms, just in case you're interested:
- Mushrooms are not plants. They are part of the fungi kingdom and are more closely related to animals than plants.
- There are over 10,000 known species of mushrooms, with more being discovered every year. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.
- Mushrooms are a great source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They are also low in calories and fat, making them a healthy addition to any diet.
- Some mushrooms have medicinal properties and have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. For example, the reishi mushroom is believed to boost the immune system, while the lion's mane mushroom may improve brain function.
- Mushrooms can be found all over the world, from the depths of the rainforest to the tundra of the Arctic. They play an important role in many ecosystems, helping to decompose dead plant matter and recycle nutrients back into the soil.
- Some mushrooms are bioluminescent, meaning they emit light. The jack-o'-lantern mushroom is one such species and is often found growing on rotting wood in the fall.
- Many types of mushrooms are edible and are used in cooking all over the world. However, some species are poisonous and can cause serious illness or even death. It is important to be able to identify edible mushrooms before consuming them.
Mushrooms are an incredibly diverse group of organisms with a wide range of nutritional and medicinal properties. Incorporating them into your diet or taking supplements can provide a variety of health benefits.
** ALWAYS consult your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements**
Check out three of our Frae Favorite's - available in store now:
Mushroom Tea & Broth from Mala Girl
w/Reishi + Lion's Mane + Porcini
Mushroom Cola from DRAM
w/Shitake + Chaga + Reishi + Cordyceps
Mushie's Instant Cup from Lake Missoula Tea Co
w/Maca + Chaga + Cordyceps + Lion's Mane + Reishi + Ashwagandha