Updated: Aug 8
Have you noticed the various blends of medicinal mushrooms on the market and wondered if mushrooms are just a fad? They’re not.
Medicinal mushrooms have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and their popularity in the west is taking off for a reason.
Each medicinal mushroom contains signature polysaccharide constituents responsible for their therapeutic benefit. Depending on the mushroom, there are a myriad of potential benefits to be gained including improvements in cognition, memory and mood. Changes in sleep quality and anxiety. Immune support. Allergy relief. Antioxidant support and even digestion support.
Before you dive in, do your homework to determine which mushroom or blend is right for you. Some at my favourites include reishi, chaga, lions mane, shitake and cordyceps.
If you’re unsure of how to use mushroom powders begin small and build up. Start by adding ¼ - ½ tsp to your favourite warm drink, just like this Mushroom Cacao Hot Choccie.
Ingredients (serves 1)
¼ - ½ tsp mushroom powder
1 tsp organic, raw cacao powder
¼ cup Coco Quench Coconut Milk
1 cup boiling water
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 10 - 20 seconds.
Open the blender carefully and pour into your favourite mug. Enjoy!
As with all nutritional supplements, quality is king so look to a reputable supplier of mushrooms. My recommendations include Superfeast and Life Cykel. This is not a sponsored post, I just want you to get the best.
Please know, medicinal mushrooms are never meant to be eaten whole or raw.
Please don’t start medicinal mushrooms without professional advice if you fall into any of the below categories:
- If you’re on medications including anticoagulants and immunosuppressants.
- If you have any medical conditions including diabetes or autoimmune conditions.
- Are planning surgery.
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding.