Medicinal mushrooms serve a variety of purposes from stabilizing our emotional well being to promoting physical health.
Some of these medicinal mushrooms are also adaptogenic in nature. This means that they are used to stabilize your body’s responses to stress while aiding homeostasis, or the natural resting state of your body.
So, you get not only the medicinal benefits of these mushrooms, but you also allow your body to change how it handles stress.
Adaptogenic mushrooms are usually available in a powdered extract form, packed in capsule form to take orally.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common adaptogenic medicinal mushrooms to see which ones to add to your medicine cabinet today!
The Cordyceps mushroom is a phenomenal adaptogenic mushroom that provides a natural energy boost. It’s also purported to help with asthma, depression, diabetes, high cholesterol, and low sex drive.
Cordyceps shows promise in the fight against cancer, particularly colon cancer. It’s been known to increase athletic performance by naturally increasing ATP production as well as providing anti-aging benefits.
Reishi mushroom in particular is known for its potent antioxidant load that boosts the immune system. It’s been shown to reduce fatigue and stress, improve sleep quality, lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, and help with viral infections.
It has been used in China and Japan for years as a cancer treatment either on its own or combined with chemotherapy.
The chaga mushroom provides potent antioxidants and inflammatory properties, lowers bad cholesterol, and stabilizes blood sugar. Made up of powerful triterpenoids and polysaccharides, it can neutralize the damage done from oxidative stress.
It also helps with the production of cytokines which play a huge role in the immune system's ability to fight off diseases.
While more research needs to be done, the Lion’s Mane mushroom shows promise fighting against the effects of dementia and memory loss. It contains hericenones and erinacines that cause new brain cells to grow.
Some studies have shown it can protect against Alzheimer’s disease. It is great for nervous system health, relieves symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improves symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Lion’s Mane can also protect against heart disease and diabetes.
Protect Your Health with Adaptogenic Mushrooms
Adaptogenic mushrooms are a great way to protect your body against future damage from oxidative stress and help reverse the effects of chronic stress on your body.
Try one of these magnificent mushrooms, or a combination, to help take your health to the next level.