M U S H R O O M S ---
Delicious on pizza. Sauteed in a garlic sauce. Stuffed in an omelette. No doubt - mushrooms are delish. But they’re more than that. The health benefits of mushrooms are countless. Mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses with a plethora of health benefits. They’ve been used for centuries in Eastern Medicine and are growing in popularity all over the world. Mushroom supplements, mushroom coffee - functional mushrooms are everywhere! And for good reason. Ranging from immune support to increasing energy levels naturally, the health benefits of mushrooms are bountiful.
No wonder these powerful shrooms make a major appearance in all three B.T.R. Bars!
B U T D I D Y O U K N O W ?
Each type of mushroom has specific wellness benefits. Due to their ability to support the endocrine, immune, and nervous systems, mushrooms can be considered to be adaptogens aka they help the body adapt to stress. #shroomsforthewin
If you weren’t on board with mushrooms before, here are 5 reasons to start incorporating mushrooms into your daily routine.
1. LION’S MANE for focus
Lion’s mane is best known for its ability to protect and support brain health. This family of fungi gets its fun name from its physical appearance. Lion’s mane mushroom literally looks like a lion’s mane!
Lion’s mane acts as a natural nootropic meaning it has the ability to help naturally improve mental performance. Here’s why. Lion’s mane helps increase the production of our nerve growth factor which plays a pivotal role in the brain’s ability to function. According to one study, lion’s mane improved the cognitive function in mice, particularly their memory and visual recognition.
2. REISHI for relaxation
Over the centuries, reishi has earned the nickname: the “mushroom of immortality” because of its powerful ability to boost immunity, promote relaxation, and reduce stress and fatigue. Several studies have demonstrated that incorporating reishi mushroom may help reduce fatigue and improve overall well-being and quality of life over time. In addition, reishi mushroom is packed with beta-glucans that may help stimulate the immune system. Reishi may very well be one of my fave mushrooms. A shroom that helps you find your zen? Yes, please!
3. CORDYCEPS for energy
Think the only way to boost your energy is with a cup of coffee? Think again! Cordyceps is an adaptogenic mushroom that helps increase energy levels and boost stamina naturally. More specifically, cordyceps are thought to increase the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate otherwise known as ATP (bringing back memories of high school biology class, yet?) These two studies (3) and (4) demonstrate that cordyceps may improve the way your body uses oxygen during exercise. In addition, cordyceps may help combat muscle fatigue! Ever wake up feeling achy and creaky? I know I have. Cordyceps to the rescue! One study found that mice who were given cordyceps increased their ATP and saw a delay in fatigue during swimming and running tests.
4. CHAGA, the antioxidant powerhouse
Ah, chaga! This powerful shroom has been used for centuries in Russia and Northern Europe to boost immunity and overall health. Did you know - traditionally, chaga was ground into a fine powder and brewed as an herbal tea for its benefits? Today, chaga can be found in supplements, coffees, teas, snacks - chaga is everywhere! Chaga is best known for its potent antioxidant properties. It’s particularly high in triterpenes which are badas* organic compounds that offer tons of overall health benefits. Some studies demonstrate that chaga can prevent the production of harmful cytokines that are associated with inflammation. Go, chaga!
5. TURKEY TAIL for immunity
Turkey tail mushroom - what a fun name, right? Another sexy mushroom that gets its name from its vibrant, striking colors that resemble a turkey’s tail. Turkey tail has a ton of powerful wellness benefits, but one in particular that stands out is its ability to help boost immunity. Turkey tail contains two immune-boosting polysaccharides (PSK) and (PSP) that promote an immune response by both activating and inhibiting specific types of immune cells. In addition, turkey tail is loaded with antioxidants specifically flavanoids and phenols. Another antioxidant powerhouse! If turkey tail is a new mushroom to you, it’s definitely one to check it further.
F U N ( G I ) F A C T T I M E !
We (as in humans) share 40% of our DNA with fungi. For real? YES! Mushrooms aka fungi are more like humans than you thought. And it’s becoming easier & easier to add all the most nutrient-dense mushrooms into our daily routine. Cordyceps mushroom makes an appearance in our Cinnamon Cookie Dough ENERGY Bar. Reishi (my personal fave) gives our Cherry Chocolate Chip ZEN Bar and our Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip BLISS bar that TLC we all love and need!
What’s your favorite mushroom?
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Note: If you’re interested in trying out mushrooms and are currently taking a medication, consult with your medical practitioner to see if mushrooms are right for you!
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