Mushrooms are often used as a tasty addition to many meals without much thought given to their nutritional value. While fungi aren’t always the most appealing choice to everyone, mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in many cultures for their medicinal properties, and research is now starting to prove what people have known for years – mushrooms are one powerful superfood group.
So next time you hit the grocery store, step away from your usual Portobello, and reach for these other next-level varieties to seriously elevate your health:
- Chaga – Often used in Eastern European traditional folk medicine, current research is proving chaga’s ability to help heal various ailments. In particular, the phenolic content in chaga makes it a powerful tool to fight free radicals to reduce cell oxidation and help your skin glow. Chaga is also used as an antiviral against the flu and has been shown to boost and re-balance the immune system.
- Cordyceps – If you are really looking for natural beauty support, look no further than cordyceps. This mushroom will act as your fountain of youth by increasing the antioxidants glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase while decreasing lipid peroxidation activity and pro-inflammatory monoamine oxidase, which contribute to signs of aging.
- Lion’s mane – For anyone looking for added brain support, our first recommendation is Lion’s mane.
- Himematsutake – Also known as Royal Sun Agaricus, this mushroom is a next-level cancer fighter. Blazein is a specific protein found in this mushroom that has been shown in studies to kill cancer cells.
- Maitake – Multiple studies have shown that maitake is able to reduce the growth of cancer cells and suppress tumor growth through its ability to boost the immune system. Maitake can also improve glucose tolerance and blood sugar in cases of diabetes.