Mushrooms are rapidly increasing in popularity not only as health supplements but also in cosmetics and skincare. They are also an integral part of the natural ecosystem, with plenty of research into using mushrooms to make leather, recyclable forms of plastic and to cleanse toxicity from the earth. Mushrooms provide some of the highest natural sources of nutrients, antioxidants and immune boosting properties.
There are now so many varieties on the market, so we have put together a quick and easy guide to help choose the right mushroom powder for you.
Reishi is a great mushroom to start out with, known as the mushroom of longevity, it offers a full spectrum of health support. It is commonly used as an adaptogen, so can help the body cope and adapt to daily stress.
Reishi is a potent immune booster as it helps to increase white blood cells also known as natural killer cells, a vital part in fighting disease.
Cordyceps is nutrient-rich mushroom containing vitamins B1, B2, B12, E and K. It is packed with minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, nickel, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium and selenium. Cordyceps could contribute to a healthy immune system, improved energy levels and help promote longevity.
Lion’s mane is widely known for its cognitive support properties, such as helping to enhance memory and repair nerve tissue in the brain. There is research to suggest it could play a part in reducing nervous system disorders such as Alzheimers and dementia.
Alongside its principal properties, Lion’s mane is also an anti-inflammatory, so can help to improve gut health as well as supporting the circulatory system.
Shiitake is most widely known as an incredible immune booster and is used to treat colds and flu. This mushroom is an excellent source of vitamins including B2, B5 and D, and they also provide many phytonutrients and is a good source of minerals including copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. Shiitake also contains one of the only plant-based sources of all seven amino acids including linoleic acid.
Maitake is known as being another great immune booster, whilst also being renowned for having a rich, earthy and delicious flavour. It has also been suggested that Maitake has antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Turkey Tail mushroom is said to correct immune deficiencies. It contains the polysaccharide PSK, which is known to enhance the body’s immune response. Research has discovered the benefits to the immune system increase alongside a daily dose of this mushroom powder. Research is currently being carried out to test the role that Turkey Tail could play with treating breast cancer and reducing some of the negative symptoms associated with it.
Also known as the ‘Gift from God’ and the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’; this Chaga has been used by ancient cultures to support immune health for thousands of years. Chaga is an incredibly nutrient dense food with a variety of vitamins and minerals such as Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Chloride, Sodium, Phosphorus, and Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and D2. It is also an anti-inflammatory and incredibly rich in antioxidants.
Agaricus Blazei has long been heralded as a potent medicinal mushroom in Asia and South America. There is plenty of research pointing towards the potential benefits of this mushroom; ranging from immune support, antiviral properties and supporting both physical and emotional stress.
We have chosen our most popular mushroom powders – chaga, reishi, lion’s mane, cordyceps and Agaricus Blazei; and combined them to create this delicious mushroom blend. It includes baobab powder to help the body’s absorption of polysaccharides and provide a great flavour.
Our most popular mushroom powder, Earth Hug is a wonderful hot chocolate. It’s an earthy and rich hot chocolate with a difference, made with an incredible combination of our four favourite mushroom powders and Peruvian cacao. This is a truly decadent and invigorating drink to warm the cockles and stimulate the mind.