Not only are mushrooms a delicious, earthy addition to your wintery meals, some mushrooms have superpowers! Well, sort of. Functional mushrooms are special types of fungi, praised for their potential health benefits, beyond basic nutritional advantages. Each type of mushroom has been linked with its own special range of potential benefits – read on to help you decide which one would be best suited for you and your health needs…
Reishi is a fungus that grows in various hot and humid locations, primarily in Asia. This fabulous fungus has been one of the most popular and praised functional mushrooms in Eastern medicine and culture for thousands of years. The primary suggested benefits associated with reishi mushrooms are immune system support, adaptogenic effects (assistance in the management of stress, anxiety and fatigue) and antioxidant properties.
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Chaga grows predominantly in cold Taiga forests. Chaga has been used for centuries in various parts of the world, and is rapidly increasing in popularity, due to its antioxidant properties, widely regarded as possessing the highest antioxidant capacity of any functional mushroom.
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Cordyceps is a genus of parasitic fungi that grows on the larvae of insects – yes you read that right! Cordyceps are incredibly popular amongst athletes looking for clean sources of energy that may positively impact their performance. Research suggests that cordyceps mushrooms may improve oxygen consumption, promote endurance, and aid post-workout recovery.
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Lion’s Mane mushrooms are named after their highly textured appearance, and are an important species within traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese medicine. Lion’s Mane mushrooms are often nicknamed as “smart mushrooms”, as they are linked with heightened cognitive function and neurological health support.
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Turkey Tail mushrooms have recently garnered a lot of public attention due to research suggesting their ability to support immune function and gut health. Turkey tail is considered an edible mushroom, but it is most commonly consumed in powder or liquid form.
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