Strolling through the supermarket, you’ve surely seen mushrooms like shiitake or portobello, but have you ever ingested a “super ‘shroom”? These mushrooms provide many benefits and if you are dealing with an anxiety condition, super mushrooms may be the perfect addition to your diet. Evidence has supported that they can support immune function and improve mood! Many people don’t realize that most mushrooms are actually 100% safe and non-toxic. Check out these three amazing mushrooms and consider adding them to your daily health routine.
Chaga “The King of Mushrooms”
Chaga is a parasitic fungus that grows on birch trees, but don’t let that turn you off from it! It is probably the most powerful mushroom on the planet and has been referred to over the ages as “a gift from God.”
Medicinal use of the chaga mushroom dates back over 4,600 years. And researchers are now looking into whether 5,300 year old “Otzi the iceman” (the oldest known human) actually carried chaga in his leather pouch. If so, this would make chaga the oldest dietary supplement known to humankind.
Chaga has a lengthy history, and we’ve known of its amazing benefits for a very long time. However, now the research is beginning to catch up with ancient wisdom. Chaga benefits the body because the mushroom contains high concentrations of B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. It is also highly alkalizing. Most notably, chaga contains the very powerful anti-oxidative enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD) in quantities over 10 times that of most SOD pills.
Common ways to ingest chaga include: tea, capsules and glycertites. Add them to elixirs, smoothies and even pancakes! You can find a delicious recipe for Reishi Golden Milk for bedtime here.
Reishi “The Queen of Mushrooms”
Reishi is often considered a medicinal powerhouse and like chaga, aids in supporting the immune system. There is support of reishi working to cleanse and detoxify the liver and it has also shown to aid in relief of symptoms of both anxiety and depression. In addition, there is evidence to support that reishi aids in relief of insomnia, a common side effect of both anxiety and depression.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, reishi is believed to boost qi or life force and are prescribed for both body and mind- oriented issues.
Again, you can easily incorporate reishi capsules into your diet or if you are lucky enough to have chaga or reishi in your backyard you can use it fresh, just be sure to consult with someone who is familiar with these mushrooms! Reishi is also considered to be muscle relaxing, calming, and pain inhibiting.
Be sure to treat your immune system and stress levels to some reishi!
**Please consult with your medical doctor before using medicinal mushrooms to help with any disease or condition you may have**