A Good Tip From the Woods

Add oomph to your coffee with mushroom powder. Beta-glucans naturally found in mushrooms can give your immune system and heart health a boost. Learn more.

 

Various types of mushrooms such as Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Maitake, and Turkey Tail have been gaining popularity with trendy mushroom lattes, spotlighting menus with mushroom + meat blended burgers and being the central ingredient to bowls. So what’s happening with these trendy functional foods we ask?   

Medicinal mushrooms have been around for well, quite a while you could say, being used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years. As of late, they have really gained traction with the ‘Shroom Boom’ and for good reason. The list of health benefits is quite lengthy – antioxidant powerhouses, rich in vitamin D, folate, potassium, selenium, and the soluble fiber- beta glucan.

Beta-glucans have been subject to research in recent years with its potentially beneficial roles in lowering insulin resistance and blood cholesterol, reducing risk of obesity, and boosting the immune system. Several studies have suggested that beta glucan may aid in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. Because of the promising results of these studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a heart-healthy label for foods with high amounts of beta glucan.

Along with the powerful health benefits that beta-glucans can deliver, researchers have been looking into various mushrooms, finding them to provide a wide variety of therapeutic health benefits, such as supporting heart health and immune function, while also aiding in sleep, anxiety, focus, memory, and concentration.

Take Home Message

Adding a spoonful, about 1 to 2 tablespoons, of mushroom powder to your cup of joe or smoothie in the morning can help provide some great health benefits. As always, it is important to talk with your health care provider before adding medicinal mushrooms to your diet, especially when using certain medications.

Various mushrooms such as Chaga, Reishi, Corgyceps have also been known to be adaptogenic. What exactly does that mean? Take a look at our post on Herbs and Adaptogens to learn more.

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https://www.healthline.com/health/beta-glucan-heart-healthy

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https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/best-medicinal-mushrooms-to-try#results

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