Why you should ingest Medicinal Mushrooms (fungi) in 2020


Trying to boost your immune system naturally?

Fungi is the foundation of life. The earliest evidence of fungi pushes back to at least 500 Million years ago, but DNA based methods suggests fungi may have evolved much earlier, between 760 Million - 1.6 Billion years ago. Mycelium, a type of fungi, is made up of a mass of thin threads that acts as an underground network connecting all plants together. All around the globe, thanks to Mycelia, plants Arte able to communicate with each other and share nutrients from several meters away.

Medicinal Mushrooms provide many benefits when consumed.

Cordycepts, Turkey Tail, Lions Mane, Shiitake, Miitake, Reishi, and Chaga are some best Medicinal Mushrooms for boosting the immune system

    Mushrooms have been used as food, medicine and in spiritual mushroom practices in religious rituals across the world since at least 5000 BC. Because of their advanced and intelligent nature, when we consume certain mushrooms, it is believed we can "download" their immune systems. Mushrooms are shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, aid in production of nerve-growth-factors, alleviate stress, fight off free radicals with their major antioxidant profiles. 

    • Medicinal mushrooms are among the most commonly prescribed anticancer natural products and have been found to have antitumor and immunostimulant properties. 
    • Mushrooms are shown to slow the growth of tumors, slow aging, regenerate cells, lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and are particularly great for heart health.
    • Turkey Tail is filled with polysaccharides (PSK) which is an approved anticancer prescription in Japan. 
    • Cordycepts can help the body utilize more oxygen and enhance blood flow which is why it is great for energy and stimulation. 
    • Reishi has been rated the top medicinal herb in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years and is praised for its adaptogenic properties. 

     

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