Eastern civilizations have turned to medicinal mushrooms for centuries to help alleviate symptoms of sickness and disease.
The benefits of these mushrooms range from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol to improving symptoms of anxiety and depression to so much more.
But what about the effects on gut health in particular?
The Reishi mushroom, often referred to as the “king of mushrooms”, tops the list of mushrooms that provide gut health.
This fungus is made up of polysaccharides, terpenoids, and total phenols which contribute to an overall abundance of prebiotics found naturally in this mushroom.
These prebiotics then, in turn, increase the amount of good bacterial flora in the gut.
This mushroom has also been found to reduce obesity, insulin resistance, and inflammation in mice due to its ability to regulate the gut microbiome.
Regular consumption of Reishi has been shown to help improve the structural integrity of the gut wall and lower systemic inflammation.
Up next is the Chaga mushroom which is made up of betulinic acid derivatives and melano-glucan complexes that make this fungus a strong tool in the arsenal against colon cancer.
This mushroom also contains the Inonotus obliquus polysaccharide which has been found to alter the gut microbiome and bring the bacteria to a healthy level.
The Lion’s Mane mushroom is a great natural antioxidant that fights inflammation and free radicals and in turn gives the immune system a big boost.
It also encourages bacterial growth in the gut and creates a diverse microbiome. This fungus also helps strengthen intestinal walls.
Lion’s Mane controls the functioning of the enteric nervous system which is responsible for controlling digestion and the motility of the GI tract.
Cordyceps is a member of the functional mushroom family made up of the ingredient cordycepin.
It provides a prebiotic fiber that promotes a healthy gut environment and encourages a healthy digestive system.
A mixture of different polysaccharides also aid in supporting the digestive systems as well as fighting inflammation.
When you are trying to boost your gut health, look no further than these medicinal mushrooms.
Our overall health starts in the gut. When this area is functioning as it should, it allows the rest of our bodily systems to perform optimally as well.
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