Mushrooms are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Eastern medicine has used mushrooms for hundreds of years to help with a variety of symptoms and ailments but now mainstream culture is recognizing the benefits of this mighty fungi. All types of mushrooms are rich in antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and contain some protein and fiber. They also contain B vitamins as well as selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues. Adding mushrooms to your diet can be a tasty and healthy support to your life. These three types of mushrooms can be particularly helpful.
Reishi mushrooms contain chemicals that seem to have a variety of potentially beneficial effects, including activity against cancer tumors and immune boosting properties. Reishi has also been shown to reduce fatigue and to help with insomnia.
Cordyceps mushrooms have been used to help increase the body’s production of a molecule which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles, increasing exercise endurance. They may help with diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels within a healthy range by mimicking the action of insulin. Cordyceps has also been used in Chinese Medicine to help combat stress.
Chaga mushrooms contain many antioxidants that may reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol and to reduce oxidative stress. Chaga has been used to fight cancer tumor growth.
Mushrooms of all types could be helpful to add to your diet. There are many ways to include these beneficial fungi in your diet including powders, teas, granolas and broths so go out and find some for yourself soon.
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