Something we have dabbled in for quite some time is the use of mushrooms as powerful nutraceuticals for athletic performance, and their incredible health benefits.
Mushrooms are SO hot in the health and wellness industry right now and their fast rise to fame is largely due to the health benefits that science is beginning to discover about the positive effects beta-glucans can have on the body. Beta glucan is one form of soluble dietary fiber that's strongly linked to improving cholesterol levels and boosting heart health.
Cordyceps are a good source of beta-glucan, which has been the subject of intensifying research because they have been found to have beneficial roles in lowering insulin resistance and blood cholesterol, reducing the risk of obesity, and boosting the immune system to help thwart off many diseases including cancer. According to this study, mushroom β-glucans provide a unique opportunity for the discovery of novel therapeutic agents and have attracted a great deal of attention due to many health benefits such as immunomodulatory, anti cancerous, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, antioxidative and antimicrobial activities.
Adaptogenic mushrooms (particularity Reishi, Lions Mane, Cordyceps, Shiitake) help to bring the body back into balance and have beneficial effects on the nervous system, immune system, the GI tract, the cardiovascular system and the endocrine system. By supporting the body and mind in these ways, adaptogens help us to cope with stress, stay healthy during the cold and flu season, fight cancer, and lift us out of the dark depths of depression and adrenal burnout. They have immune-modulating properties that make them helpful in treating auto-immune diseases and have high levels of anti-oxidants that protect cells from damaging free radicals. Adaptogens gently tone and support the body systems over time and need to be taken for a minimum time of two months to develop the full effect of their healing powers.
We incorporate the incredible and abundant health benefits of many different types of mushrooms into our weekly diet. From mushroom superfood protein in our smoothies and cooking, to mushroom coffee blends. Four Sigmatic tends to be our go-to brand for most things mushrooms, but don’t be afraid to explore your local neighbourhood farmers markets!