Ancient Egyptians believed in the healing power of mushrooms for thousands of years. The ancient Asians and modern Asians also swear to the healing properties of the mushrooms which have potent antiviral and antibacterial properties to help boost the immune system, helping it fight against viral infections, flu, lung conditions, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease and liver disease… They can also help with obesity, boost energy, improve brain functions and skin health. They are also a good source of Vitamin D.
Reishi – also known as the Immortality Mushroom – is a fairly expensive species and popular choice among Asians. Nicknamed the “spirit plant,” it is believed to strengthen the body and mind. It has been known to reduce the negative effects of free radicals. It also helps improve skin disorders, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome.
Shiitake – known as the elixir of life – is another powerful mushroom that can help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. It contains a unique anti-cancer agent known as Lentinan. Other compounds found in this mushroom can help regular sugar level.
Cordyceps– a rare combination of mushroom and caterpillar – contains anti-aging effects, and can help fight diabetes, improves liver functions, increase stamina and energy performance. Some say it’s a natural aphrodisiac. People who consume this mushroom experience increased blood flow and enhanced endurance.
There are other mushrooms with effective healing elements, such as the Lion’s Mane (known as the Smart Mushroom), Chaga (known as the King of Medicinal Mushroom), Turkey Tails (a powerful Antioxidant)… Most mushrooms, even the common ones found in grocery stores, have great antibacterial agents, but the varieties covered above contain the most medicinal benefits.