Fascinating Fungi: Medicinal Mushrooms and their Healing Power

Hey guys,

Full transparency here. I am a Four Sigmatic and Superfeast affiliate and have been using both of their mushroom products for years. Why am I an affiliate for two companies that appear to be competition?

Well it’s simple. Both companies are incredibly ethical, transparent and trustworthy, sourcing the best quality possible. This speaks for itself when you try them. I believe there is room for both these companies to offer their unique flavour to this space, and besides, the more awareness and accessibility there is for these amazing medicinal foods, the better for all. In addition, they do offer some different products. For example, Four Sigmatic have mushroom herb elixirs, mushroom coffee and cacao blends. Superfeast have tonic herbs such as Schizandra, Deer Antler Velvet and He Shou Wu. They are located in Australia and Four Sigmatic are in the US. Some people may resonate with one over the other, whether geographically or just in general. For me, I resonate with and love to support and use both company’s products interchangeably. I know that many people also do this and I hope you will too.

If you are interested in learning more about their medicinal mushrooms and other herbal products, and you’d also like to show some support for Reconnected.me, you can go through the following links:

  1. Four Sigmatic – Use this link with the discount code reconnected to receive 10% off your order.
  2. Superfeast – Use this link. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but the difference is it will help me out a little.

This helps me to keep the lights on here and allows me to continue to bring you guys great content. Your support is so incredibly appreciated. Please know that I only support and promote products I use myself or that I fully believe in and that are in line with what Reconnected.me stands for. Thank you in advance.

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The humble mushroom. No big deal, right? Well, maybe not, until you discover that there is actually an incredible world of fascinating fungi that have been around a lot longer than many of us and our distant ancestors are probably aware of. We humans co-exist as part of an amazing intricate ecosystem of nature, designed to live symbiotically alongside many other living beings of the animal and plant kingdoms, the bacterial and fungal kingdoms, and plenty more. We are in need of their intelligence as much as they are in need of ours.

Fungi are incredibly interesting organisms. So many of the different mushroom species that exist are actually profound forms of natural medicine that promote health and healing. Many of them have potent antioxidant and anti-cancer cell properties, are immune system powerhouses, as well as having adaptogenic qualities, meaning they can help us with adaptation to stress. Nature intentionally gave us these incredible life forms to interact with our biological systems to build and maintain our health from the inside out.

There are literally millions of different fungal species and today I am going to share with you 4 health promoting medicinal mushrooms that are some of my secret medicinal food weapons! I can’t get enough of them and they play a big part in my food and health endeavours. Here they are:

  • Chaga (Ononotus Obliquus) – Chaga mushroom is widely used in many cultures around the world. In Siberia it has been identified as a “gift from God” and is best known for its powerful immune system healing properties and antimicrobial activities. Chaga actually has countless other beneficial compounds and properties, too many to name them all here. It contains an abundance of minerals and enzymes that make it one of the real superfoods of our world. A unique component is that of an anti-aging enzyme known as superoxide dismutase (SOD) in which Chaga contains high levels. In addition, Chaga contains melanin, which is protective of the skin from sun damage. Chaga also has adaptogenic properties for dealing with stress and has been shown to have highly effective antioxidant components and increase production of natural killer cells for powerful immunity. One study showed a 40% reduction in protection of cells and free radical damage. Another demonstrated anti-cancer activity of Chaga’s compounds. 
  • Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum) – Reishi mushroom is an absolute immunity and adaptability force to be reckoned with! It is a tonic herb which means it can be taken on a regular basis without any adverse effects. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system holds this incredible lifeform in high regard, so much so, it has been used for thousands of years with a wealth of success to effectively assist with prevention of illness and treat diseases such as cancer, most likely due to its anti-tumor and immune system modulation properties. Its healing power has been shown in several breast cancer studies such as this one and this one to inhibit cellular growth of cancer cells. Reishi also contains important minerals, has antimicrobial properties, promotes liver and heart health and the lowering of blood pressure. This is a powerful adaptogenic organic being that promotes release of stress and is known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” which speaks for itself and its profound healing abilities for health and longevity.
  • Cordyceps Sinensis – Cordyceps mushrooms have been used as a tonic herb in Tibetan and TCM throughout history and was traditionally used to treat various ailments such as cancer, asthma and even libido issues, as discussed hereToday you can think of Cordyceps as the ultimate athlete’s tonic, due to its abilities to increase oxygenation and delivery of oxygen to our blood, enhanced cellular energy and respiratory function, allowing for greater endurance and athletic ability. It even helps with insulin sensitivity, has exceptional immune system strengthening properties and can assist with sexual dysfunction issues. One study showed Cordyceps’ effectiveness on improved exercise performance in older individuals.
  • Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)- Lion’s Mane has been used for thousands of years in China and Japan, most commonly as a tonic for brain and nervous system health. It assists with nerve support, enhanced memory and cognitive function and helps with protection against neurological disorders. It also has helpful digestive, immune system and anti-tumor properties as well as being able to assist with stomach ulcers. Several studies have shown Lion’s Mane to be effective for nerve growth and neuro-regeneration, such as here and here.

As you have probably now gathered, medicinal mushrooms are nothing short of an amazing food source. They can easily be added to anyone’s diet in the form of a smoothie or made into a hot drink either in boiling water, or heated and mixed with coconut or almond milk, as I like to do quite often.

Another amazing option is making it “Bulletproof” by dissolving the mushroom powder in a cup of hot water, adding 1 tablespoon (or more) of butter and 1 tablespoon (or more) of coconut oil. Blend or use a milk frother to get it deliciously creamy!

Check out my Medicinal Maca Stress Support smoothie recipe here. It contains Reishi mushroom but can easily be substituted with any of the other medicinal mushrooms.

Here are the links again for ease of access:

  1. Four Sigmatic – Use this link with the discount code reconnected to receive 10% off your order.
  2. Superfeast – Use this link. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but the difference is it will help me out a little.

I encourage you to give them a go… if even you just choose one of them. Your body will love you for it and it is totally worth the investment for a healthy, happy, vital life!

Thanks for being here!

If you liked (or didn’t like) what you have just read, then feel free to send me some feedback as I’d love to hear from you! You can reach me at reconnected.me@gmail.com

DISCLAIMER: All content I share here on my blog is written from my own personal inquiry, experiences, thoughts and opinions and is not intended to replace medical or lifestyle advice from a practising professional.

References

Recommended viewing: Paul Stamets Ted Talk – 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World

First Land Plants and Fungi Changed Earth’s Climate

Anti-tumor effects of Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) in inflammatory breast cancer

Ganoderma lucidumnhibits (Reishi) inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Expression of Key Molecules in Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes

Anticancer activity of subfractions containing pure compounds of Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) extract in human cancer cells

Traditional uses and medicinal potential of Cordyceps sinensis of Sikkim

Effect of Cordyceps sinensis on exercise performance in healthy older subjects: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

Neuroregenerative potential of lion’s mane mushroom, (Hericium erinaceus) in the treatment of peripheral nerve injury

Neurotrophic properties of the Lion’s mane medicinal mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) from Malaysia.

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