I’m sure you’ve been hearing the buzz about putting shrooms in coffee, shrooms in power bars, shrooms in granola, shrooms everywhere! Why suddenly all the shroom craze? Although it seems like a new trend, medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in traditional healing. They have the magical power of boosting energy, regulating digestion, and helping treat and prevent diseases.
More than 2,000 edible mushrooms exist on the planet, that’s why it’s ideal to rely on a licensed herbalist to help guide you on what you should and shouldn’t use. Here are some reasons on why you should be paying attention to adding more shrooms in your life.
- Evidence supports that mushrooms protect against breast and other hormone-related cancers because they inhibit an enzyme called aromatase, which produces estrogen. According to breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. So women, especially those that have breast or ovarian cancer in their family history, may want to include shrooms in their daily routine.
- Mushrooms contain a type of lectin, which are a type of carbohydrate-binding protein. Scientific evidence shows that lectins recognize cancer cells and prevent these cells from growing and dividing. (Lectins have gotten a bad reputation in certain circles. But some lectins, such as the ones in mushrooms, can be highly beneficial.)
- Many mushrooms contain powerful ingredients that have been found to neutralize free radicals, which can cause premature aging. There are many new skin care products out on the market that contain shrooms. We like Origin’s Mega Mushroom Skin Relief. Bustle also has a great face mask using mushrooms and coffee.
- Mushrooms boost your immune system and make immune cells more effective at responding to future infections and attacks. Our immunity is constantly being compromised by germs and environmental toxins. Our immune system also becomes suppressed during stressful times. Medicinal mushrooms can not only boost your immune system, but also help calm your mind, which makes them a powerful twofer immunity aid!
- Mushrooms are a great source of B vitamins, which help support adrenal function, boost energy levels, and support a healthy metabolism. Certain types of mushrooms are also adaptogens, which help to lower cortisol levels, help your body deal with stress, and support and balance mood levels.
IN:DREAM and IN:PEACE both contain my mushroom of choice which is Wolfporia Extensa, an adaptogen and a mushroom which, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is used for its calming and tonic effects. It also has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity, which can aid with digestion and lowering cortisol, among its many other benefits.
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