Assuming you don’t have any health restrictions or allergic reactions preventing you from enjoying mushrooms, you should definitely try to add more mushrooms to your diet.
Not only because they are delicious, easy to cook, and readily available on some form or another, they are also packed full of nutrients with plenty of health benefits.
Before we discus those actual health benefits of mushrooms, let’s clarify a few things. Let’s get acquainted with mushrooms.
All mushrooms are fungi.
What are fungi?
Fungi are eukaryotic organisms. They are live microorganisms such as yeasts, and mold.
In this article we will only mention mushroom that are considered non-toxic and edible.
Did you know there are over 10.000 known types of mushrooms? They are categorized in four types: Saprotropic, mycorrhizae, parasitics, and endothytics.
Mushrooms like morels, reishi, shiitake, oyster, maitake, and others release acids and enzymes they break down into absorb-able small molecules. They feed on decaying plants, wood, and animals.
These type of mushrooms have some sort of symbiotic relationships with plants. They provide added moisture and important nutrients to the host plants that would otherwise die. In exchange, they get glucose.
Those type of mushrooms are harder to find. Truffles, Chanterelles, Matsutake, and Porcini are a few of them.
One of the less known fungi. They invade plants without harming them, instead they increase their resistance to pathogens. All of the benefits are for the plants almost none for the fungi.
Endophytics are easily grown in labs without a host. A symbiotic relationship is not always needed.
What are some of the health benefits of mushrooms?
Now that you know more about mushrooms, let’s discuss why and how to add them to your daily life.
All mushrooms contain a compounds called Beta glucan which is a powerful anti inflammatory. They also inhibit an enzyme called aromatase which produce estrogen and has been suspected to help combat breast cancer.
Reishi mushrooms have relaxing and fortifying effect on the body and mind. They help you to sleep better, stress less, and combat seasonal allergies. They are called the radicals scavengers.
Chaga mushrooms are high in antioxidants, and great at boosting the immune system. They can help you achieve healthy, long and shiny hair, combat stress, and the common cold.
Cordycepts increase sexual stamina and increase energy.
Lion’s mane helps boosting concentration and memory. It also intervenes in protecting the nervous system.
How to incorporate mushrooms in your daily life?
There are more than one way to take advantage of the health benefits of mushrooms. Not all of them involve your diet. If you don’t like like the earthy taste of mushrooms, you still get the benefits through your beauty regimen.
The beauty industry is bursting with products loaded with mushrooms! Some brand use one type of mushrooms while others combine different ones to formulate skin care products packed with benefits.
Mushrooms are use like rehab for tired, dull, and aging skin.
If you are looking for a calming, anti aging night time moisturizer, Youth to the people Adaptogen deep moisture cream is the one to go for.
It’s a concoction of ashwagandha, rhodiola, reishi, and holy basil with other ingredients. This cream is great for all skin type even for sensitive ones. It’s great as an after suncare, and doesn’t irritate the skin.
If you are looking to revive your skin after a long flight, the Moon juice Beauty shroom plumping jelly serum was made for you. It contains hyaluronic acid to plump, brighten, and nourish the skin. It contains silver ears, and reishi mushrooms to smooth and improve firmness.
Get the Moon juice Beauty Shroom exfoliating acid Potion while you are at it. It brightens , firms, tightens, and smoothes the skin. It also evens out the complexion, and helps diminishing the appearance of pores.
Work, personal life, social life sometimes can get quite tiresome. It’s absolutely necessary we do all we can to take care of our well being. That’s why some of us turn to supplements.
Pacifica beauty has quite a few line of supplements. One of the most popular is the Wake up Beautifully line. I personally have only great things to say about the products. They are only available at Target. The night time dream prep supplement is a must try for bedtime. The main ingredients are
- Reishi Mushroom
- Lavender Melatonin
It is gluten-free, vegan with zero sugar and only 10 calories, and 2 grams of carbs. It’s delicious with a very pleasing lavender and hibiscus flavor. It’s keto-friendly.
It’s recommended for a great night of sleep but also to restore your skin from inside out.
Moon juice Beauty Shroom Vegan Collagen Protection is a blend of super foods that will help to hydrate your skin from the inside out. A skincare you can actually drink!
Silver ear mushroom which is rich in Vitamin D and antioxidants is one of the main ingredients.
When it comes to diet, mushrooms can be incorporated everywhere! Coffee, Chocolate, soup, stew, salads, etc..
Four sigmatic is definitely the brand that comes in mind when one think about mushroom coffee and other sweet delicious beverages loaded with all sort of mushrooms like Chaga, Lion’s mane, Reishi, Cordycepts.
If you enjoy the earthy flavor of mushrooms, you will be so happy to find out how creative it can get to experiment with them in the kitchen.
I personally love them stir-fry with garlic and onions on toast sprinkled with nutritional yeast. I also like a deep fried battered bella mushroom dipped in vegan ranch.
Here are a few of my favorite mushroom recipes:
Are you a fan of mushrooms? What are your favorite ways to use them in your daily life? What’s your favorite mushroom recipe? Is there any health benefits of mushrooms that I skipped over?
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