Do you know how many types of fungi are on our planet? Can you believe there are 1.5 million?
Fungi were one of the first organisms on Earth and they make up their own kingdom. They are not animals or plants or bacteria — there’re a complete category on its own.
The term fungi encompasses the entire organism. There are three parts to fungi: the mycelium, the fruiting body, and the spores. The mycelium are the roots of the fungi and is how they get nutrients. The fruiting body is what we commonly think of as the mushroom. The spores are the mushroom seeds. We typically consume the fruiting body, which is the true mushroom itself.
Important Tips For Purchasing Mushrooms
When purchasing mushrooms, in supplement or produce form, keep these 3 things in mind:
- At the grocery store, purchase the organic fruiting body of the mushrooms.
- Look for mushrooms were grown on trees or logs. This is how mushrooms grow in the wild and ensures they have benefits to the human body.
- In supplement form, inquire how the mushrooms have been extracted. Mushrooms have an outer layer that humans cannot digest. In order to get the most nutrients from your mushrooms they need to be extracted using hot water or alcohol or both.
Healthy Mushrooms To Utilize
Mushrooms have a plethora of amazing health benefits. They have been used and consumed by humans for thousands of years, and for good reason too. Many mushrooms can help support a strong immune system. Here are our favorite four:
This mushroom is your brain’s best friend. It’s known to promote a feeling of focus, mental clarity, and support cognition. Lion’s mane is also a potent antioxidant, which supports the immune system.
Need a morning or midday brain boost? Coffee with Lion’s Mane or a Lion’s Mane elixir is a great way to start the day! Lion’s Mane is also available in capsule form.
Reishi is a functional mushroom that can help balance stress levels, improve sleep, and ensure our bodies can relax and get proper rest. Some research suggests it may naturally improve feelings of anxiety and depression.
Reishi is also often used for its anti-inflammatory properties, immune support, and respiratory support.
Try unwinding the day with Reishi capsules or Reishi hot chocolate before bed.
This super mushroom is often referred to as the “King of Mushrooms” and grows naturally on birch trees. Chaga is a powerhouse at nourishing our bodies. It can reduce inflammation and supports a healthy immune system. Chaga is a great functional mushroom for everyday use. We recommend adding Chaga elixirs to smoothies or drinking them with hot water for daily immune support.
Cordyceps is an adaptogenic mushroom. Cordyceps can help support the body’s natural energy levels and response to stress without creating jittery energy. There is also some evidence to suggest that it may help improve exercise performance and circulation. Cordyceps elixirs make great pre or post-workout drinks and are even found in some workout supplements.
Mushrooms are intended for everyday use. In fact, they build upon themselves, so incorporating different mushrooms consistently into your routine nourishing for the body. Try out some of our mushroom products to feel the benefits of these superfoods!