Medicinal mushrooms are a group of fungi that have been consumed in traditional and ancient civilizations for hundreds, if not thousands of years, for their reported health benefits, when consumed consistently. All edible mushrooms are beneficial for health, containing high levels of antioxidants, however the particular mushrooms touted for their medicinal benefits will usually contain high levels of specific chemicals known as polysaccharides and beta-glucans. These mushrooms include; chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane, maitake, turkey tails, reishi and shiitake.
There are a whole host of reported benefits to regularly taking the mushrooms listed above. Whilst scientific research is still relatively limited on the subject, these mushrooms can help support immune health, heart health, the body’s response to inflammation (the cause of almost all disease within the body) and blood sugar levels, along with providing a natural way to obtain overall health and wellness. The real scope of the power held within medicinal mushrooms is still only just being discovered today, with evidence supporting that chemicals within Turkey Tails can be extremely beneficial during and after chemotherapy. There is also a mass of current hype surrounding Lion’s mane mushrooms, due to their neuroprotective and neurotrophic properties, leading to research on the mushrooms potential in Alzheimer’s Disease treatment and prevention.
Some people are happy eating mushrooms fresh and raw and whilst some consume medicinal mushrooms cooked, as part of meals, however this can be hard to stick to every day. When incorporating them into a daily supplement regime, the most common methods of consumption are; dried and ground mushrooms in a capsule or tea blends. More recently we have seen new methods of consumption, including mushroom extracts in tinctures (usually to be mixed into a drink) and even great tasting mushroom gummies.
There are often a lot of questions surrounding the legality of medicinal mushrooms, with a lot of confusion with psychedelic mushrooms of the magic variety. Whilst psilocybin containing ‘magic mushrooms’ also offer a number of health benefits (usually relating to mental health), these come as a result of their mind altering psychedelic effects. Medicinal mushrooms do not contain any of the illegal chemicals contained within psychedelic mushrooms and so they are both totally legal and non mind altering. The mushrooms for sale through Greenhaus offer their beneficial results without the potential issues surrounding psychedelic mushrooms.