The Health Benefits of Functional Mushrooms
Specific types of mushrooms are packed with antioxidants, polysaccharides, and other unique compounds that science has shown may help provide cognition-enhancing, mood-boosting, immune-strengthening, stress-relieving, and anti-aging benefits, among others.†
The multitude of health benefits provided by functional mushrooms are derived from their active compounds, and some of the most important of these key compounds are called beta-glucans.
Beta-glucans are polysaccharides that occur naturally in the cell walls of functional mushrooms and are the main part of the mushroom (fruiting body) that is responsible for the immune-modulating effects these mushrooms provide.†
Additionally, current research shows that beta-glucans can help to reduce inflammation, aid in obesity and metabolic syndrome, help lower LDL cholesterol levels, as well as providing many other benefits.†
Mushrooms also act as potent adaptogens, which are another class of natural substances we have recently become familiar with in the West that has been used in other parts of the world for centuries. These extracts are derived from herbs, flowers, plants, and mushrooms and are unique because they help our bodies deal with stress and illness in a very non-specific way. They help us, if you will, providing our body and mind with exactly what they need to get back into balance.†
Certain mushrooms, such as Reishi and Cordyceps, have a long history of use as adaptogens and are often taken on a consistent basis to maintain their full benefit.Several species of mushrooms provide important health benefits. The term “functional mushroom” specifically refers to these varieties that have a health benefit beyond providing nutrition when eaten. Here are some of the most well-researched functional mushrooms: Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Maitake, King Trumpet, Sun Royal & Turkey Tail.
†These statements have not been evaluated by The Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.