5 Adaptogenic Mushrooms That Make A Big Difference


"Medicinal mushrooms have been used in traditional and folk medicines since before recorded history. You've probably heard of Ötzi, one of the oldest bodies found frozen in ice around 3300 BCE, which was discovered in an alpine glacier in 1991. He was carrying two different species of mushroom on him at the time. One was a tinder fungus capable of holding a warm coal to re-start a fire at a new location many hours later. The other was a medicinal birch polypore used to fight parasites and other infections.


You can see from Egyptian hieroglyphics that their society saw mushrooms as a plant of immortality. Mushrooms were typically only eaten by pharaohs and other nobles, and were given the name “sons of the gods” and depicted in artwork as being sent to earth on lightning bolts." - Adriana Ayales, Anima Mundi



The almighty mushroom, a fungus, is the largest living organism in the world and has more in common with humans than any other plant. Adaptogenic Mushrooms are a class of mushroom that help our bodies cope with stress and bring us back to a state of homeostasis.

Types of stress may range from general inflammation to fight-or-flight response. Consuming adaptogenic mushrooms has been used for thousands of years to reduce physical fatigue along with depression and anxiety, enhance mental performance and immunity, and generally help us stay balanced- mind, body, and spirit.


Now on to the powerful five...



01 REISHI

The REISHI MUSHROOM has been revered since the dawn of Asian culture as a tonic herb that protects us physically and psychologically. In ancient times Reishi was referred to as the ‘divine fungus’ and it has long been recognized as a “supreme protector.” In modern times, the Reishi mushroom is acknowledged as a profound immune tonic, and supports the normal detoxification functions of the liver. Reishi also is thought to support healthy aging (a huge win in my book!), fight fatigue, manage food allergies and asthma, promote healthy digestion (especially for those with leaky gut syndrome), and offer protection for those with autoimmune disorders, diabetes, heart disease, and skin disorders. Because they work as an “immune modulator,” reishi mushrooms can help restore hormonal balance, bring the body back to homeostasis and regulate activity of the immune system, including fighting tumors and cancerous cells. Research shows that reishi mushrooms act like a normalizing substance, regulating various cellular functions and systems, including the endocrine (hormonal), immune, cardiovascular, central nervous and digestive systems. [R] [R1]


The "Fountain of Youth" Reishi mushroom powders sold in The Mercado are activated and

steamed to break the cell wall for faster absorption.


02 TURKEY TAIL

TURKEY TAIL is a common polypore mushroom that has become popular among wellness seekers but its #roots trace back to the folk remedies of Eastern Asiatic cultures.


As many natural remedies,Turkey tail has not been reviewed by the US Food and Drug Administration, it has an ancient history in treating a multitude of cancers, providing solid digestive benefits and providing a tonic effect on the immune system, as well as a range of other benefits. Turkey tail has distinctive bands of ivory, blue, gray, brown, red and yellow that radiate out in concentric circles. These mushrooms are high in potassium, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper and phosphorus and are very low in sodium. Turkey tail mushrooms can even help your body to produce vitamin D with a little sunlight and produce 18 amino acids, beta-glucans, ergosterol and polysaccharide k (PSK). How remarkable is that?


03 CORDYCEPS


Cordyceps and other medicinal plants have long been used in Chinese, Christian and Hindu religious ceremonies and are believed to be linked to longevity and immortality. In Ayurvedic medicine, for example, mushrooms are said to be beneficial for enhancing “vigor and vitality.” Traditional healers in Sikkim recommended medicinal mushrooms, including Cordyceps, "for all illnesses as a tonic, because they claimed that it improved energy, appetite, stamina, libido, endurance, and sleeping patterns.” Folk healers were said to use CORDYCEPS either alone or in combination with other TCM herbal treatments to fight more than 20 different ailments, ranging from bronchitis to heart disease! These mushrooms have been used in holistic medicine for centuries and recently have captivated the wellness industry for its potent anti-aging and health-promoting properties. The "Invicibility Mushrooms", as Anima Mundi calls them, are jam packed with antioxidants that can help fight free radical damage, and prevent oxidative stress. Research shows that taking Cordyceps can boost brain function, enhance memory and even extend longevity. [R]


Cordyceps has especially captivated exercise enthusiasts for its impressive findings in enhancing athletic performance, promoting heart health and decreasing inflammation to keep you feeling your best! Many also rely on Cordyceps to help increase immune function and optimize the health of the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and reproductive systems. This is because Cordyceps are able to boost the body's supply of ATP- one of the primary sources of energy during exercise. [R1]


Here are some of the active compounds in Cordyceps:

  • Polysaccharides (CPS-1, CPS-2, CS-F30, CS-F10, beta-glucans, and mannoglucan) (Polysaccharides in Cordyceps have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, and cholesterol– and blood sugar-lowering effects. They also help boost the immune system [R2]

  • Vitamins: B1, B2, and K

  • Minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium

  • Others: peptides, amino acids, sugars, fatty acids, and enzymes

In The Mercado, we offer 100% organically grown Cordyceps in powder form. It has been steam extracted and contains both the fruiting body and mycelium with zero fillers or processors!


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