The Health Benefits of Mushrooms

There have been decades of scientific research and centuries of practical use for many different species of mushroom, but a trio that stands out from a health perspective are the maitake, shiitake and reishi breed of mushrooms. Mushrooms have been known to help boost human immune systems and are often consumed during colds and flu to help fight off the illnesses.

To start, let’s explore the maitake mushroom, also known as the grifola frondosa species. Maitake mushrooms are known to have high levels of antioxidants, beta-glucans, vitamins B and C, copper, potassium, fiber, minerals and amino acids. They have been shown to have beneficial effects on both blood sugar and cholesterol levels, in addition to many other naturopathic uses for centuries. When taken with Vitamin C, it has been shown that the positive effects of the mushrooms can be enhanced.

Then, there’s the reishi mushroom, also known as ganoderma lucidum. Nutrient-rich with triterpenoids, polysaccharides and peptidoglycans inside the mushroom, many health benefits have been observed including boosting the immune system by improving the effectiveness of white blood cells in the body. Another set of benefits observed in many scientific studies is the fungi’s effects on both fatigue and depression. One study found that a reduction of fatigue and anxiety helped people have a higher quality of life as it reduced levels of stress and boosted their overall well-being.

Lastly, we have the shiitake mushroom. This is the most commonly known of the three as it is sometimes included in Asian cuisine. In addition to the plethora of vitamins and minerals in shiitakes, this breed of fungus includes three critical components for heart health. First, shiitakes include beta-glucans, which is a type of fiber that can lower cholesterol. They also include a compound known as eritadenine, that inhibits an enzyme involved in producing cholesterol in your body. Lastly, shiitakes include sterols, which are molecules that are known to help impede cholesterol absorption in the gut, ultimately preventing its collection in the arteries.

So how do you get the benefits of these 3 fungal powerhouses on a consistent and regular basis? Not to worry - they are all in our Spade Nutrition Superfoods Blend.