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Why Use Functional Mushrooms?

Have you been hearing a lot about mushrooms lately? It seems like the whole world is finally starting to realize the true power of functional mushrooms. More people everyday are using mushrooms, and experiencing the benefits! So what’s all the hype about? Although the benefits are wide ranging, here are the top 4 reasons why people are adding mushrooms to their lives.

Reason #1: Immunity

The one thing that unites all functional mushrooms is their immunomodulating powers! That means mushrooms can either boost an underperforming immune system or cool an overcharged immune system- depending on what your body needs. The reason this is possible is because of fungal Beta-glucans, water soluble molecules found in mushrooms that are able to interact with our immune systems. One way to think about it is that using functional mushrooms is like taking your immune system to the gym! So what's the number one mushroom for immunity? Turkey Tail! Turkey tail has a high concentration of immune supporting Beta-glucans, and a long history of use as an immune booster. Since beta-glucans are water soluble, the best Turkey Tail supplements are hot water extracted.
“I have taken Turkey Tail every day for the last month and I am SO impressed! While my husband and son have both been fighting colds, my immune system has been in great shape! “ -Holly A.

Reason #2: Energy

Feeling a little sluggish lately? You might want to consider trying mushrooms! Functional mushrooms are definitely a favorite among ultra-runners, mixed martial artists, and other athletes who want to get an edge. But it’s not only the super-fit. Everyday people are turning to mushrooms as a daily ritual to get a little more pep in their step. So what’s the best energy mushroom? Cordyceps! Cordyceps contains a unique compound called Cordycepin, which is structurally similar to another compound in our body responsible for producing ATP. (the “energy currency” of the body).
“Look this mushroom is incredible. I have the best clean energy in the way of oxygen efficiency when taking this Cordyceps extract. I feel it the most when I am working out or playing basketball with the bros. Try this out and cut back on the caffeine!” -David K.

Reason #3: Focus And Brain Health

When your brain is firing on all cylinders, it just makes everything so much easier. And there are lots of things that can contribute to healthy brain- good nutrition, adequate water, and sleep being the most obvious. But did you know mushrooms can help? More and more people are turning to mushrooms to focus better, think clearly, and be more productive in their work. So what's the best mushroom for your brain? It’s Lion’s Mane! Lion’s Mane contains compounds called hericenones and erinacines, two compounds that are helpful in increasing the production of something called Nerve Growth Factor. Nerve Growth Factor is involved in the growth, maintenance, and survival of neurons!
“After the birth of my 3rd child, I just couldn't seem to shake my "pregnant brain". I was constantly tripping over words, confusing labels and having constant brain farts. I've been taking Lion’s Mane for a few months and have noticed a significant improvement! I think much faster and clearer!” -Rae

Reason #4: Sleep and Relaxation

Believe it or not, mushrooms are NOT the ultimate brain booster. But you know what is? Sleep! If you aren’t getting quality sleep no supplement or other natural product is going to help. BUT- mushrooms might actually play a role in helping you get better sleep, and it is in fact one of the most common reasons why people use mushrooms in the first place. So what’s the best mushroom for sleep? Reishi! Also called the “Spirit Mushroom”, properly extracted Reishi is well known for its calming and relaxing properties.
“I can finally sleep. My mind is not racing, I don't wake up a zillion times and I'm having awesome dreams. Before I tried reishi I had a hard time falling and staying asleep. This is the best for chilling. I LOVE reishi!” -Leza R.
No matter what you are trying to achieve, there is likely a mushroom to help you get there. That’s the real “magic” of nature’s most powerful superfood.
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