Which medicinal mushrooms are the healthiest? Our customers ask this a lot, so we’ve compiled the healthiest adaptogenic mushrooms into one handy article.
Here are the mushrooms you should be eating for optimal health.
Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Lion’s mane is the miracle mushroom. It can benefit both mental and physical health. This adaptogenic mushroom has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve memory, and combat sleep disorders.
Hericium erinaceus can be a great addition to your diet if you have diabetes, as this mushroom is known for reducing blood sugar levels. Additionally, lion’s mane can be beneficial in the treatment of various progressive illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
All in all, this shaggy-looking mushroom is a great one to add to your diet regimen, whether you’re trying to fight a specific illness or maintain your overall health. Try out a few lion’s mane mushroom recipe ideas, or take lion’s mane fortified food (such as our granola).
Turkey Tail Mushrooms
The turkey tail mushroom provides a plethora of nutritional benefits, thanks to compounds called phenols and flavonoids. These compounds have incredible anti-inflammatory potential and are known to combat oxidative stress, as well as slow down aging.
These mushrooms also contain beta-glucans, compounds with known anti-obesity properties. Animal studies have shown that the beta-glucans found in turkey tail mushrooms aided in gut health and metabolism while reducing the risk of obesity in mice.
Commonly referred to as the mushroom of immortality, reishi is a true antioxidant powerhouse. Many use it for its anti-cancer properties, as this medicinal mushroom was shown to be quite beneficial for breast cancer, in particular.
Additionally, reishi is a great fungus to add to your diet as a way to fight fatigue and mild symptoms of depression. Plus, combining reishi with other medicinal mushrooms, such as lion’s mane and porcini mushrooms, could boost the brain-boosting benefits you get from these fungi.
Chaga mushrooms land themselves among the healthiest mushrooms you can consume thanks to their beneficial effects on immune function. These adaptogenic mushrooms have the potential to slow the spread of cancer, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol levels, and improve skin and hair quality.
Chaga mushrooms grow on birch trees and prefer the cooler climate of northern Europe, Russia, Alaska, and Canada. Due to their popularity, coupled with relative scarcity, chaga mushroom extracts are quite expensive and hard to find.
Still, a high-quality chaga mushroom powder could be a great addition to your diet, especially if you’re suffering from skin issues or want to reap the anti-inflammatory properties of this amazing fungus.
Shiitake mushrooms are low in calories, high in vitamin D, and loaded with dietary fiber. This edible mushroom is often used as a meat substitute due to its salty, umami flavors and meaty texture.
Compounds such as eritadenines and sterols, commonly found in shiitake mushrooms, may be beneficial for the heart. An animal study examined the effects of this mushroom on rats with high blood pressure and concluded that shiitake normalized blood pressure levels.
Cordyceps are among the healthiest mushrooms to eat if you’re battling cancer. This mushroom contains cordycepin, a compound that inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Polysaccharides found in cordyceps also show great potential to fight cancer, with research on its benefits for breast and colon cancer being particularly promising.
If you’re an athlete, you can benefit greatly from including this mushroom species in your diet. Cordyceps works as a natural energy enhancer, as it improves your oxygen uptake and ATP production. With regular use, this fungus can improve your endurance and help your body recover faster from strenuous exercise.
White button mushrooms, otherwise known as portobello mushrooms, are the most common mushroom type on this list. You can find these calcium-rich white mushrooms anywhere, and they’re quite inexpensive.
Low in calories and great sources of protein, these mushrooms are a common meat replacement in many vegetarian and vegan dishes. They are beneficial for heart health, provide a slew of antioxidants, and may even fight certain forms of cancer.
More Mushrooms with Potential Health Benefits
In addition to the mushrooms mentioned above, you should include these medicinal fungi in your diet for overall health maintenance:
- Maitake mushrooms
- Enoki mushrooms
- Oyster mushrooms
- Morel mushrooms
- Chanterelle mushrooms
Interested in Trying Medicinal Mushrooms?
If you’re interested in trying medicinal mushrooms, it’s best to combine the benefits of a few fungi. And, what better way to do so than with a bowl of cereal?
Our Forij Superfood Granola contains hyperconcentrated extracts of lion’s mane, chaga, and cordyceps mushrooms.
The granola is vegan, gluten-free, and delicious. You can choose from one of our three amazing flavors, or go with a bundle if you can’t decide on a favorite.
This article was written strictly for informational purposes. This website is not intended to inform about professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any kind. The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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