The Magic Of Mushrooms
Mushrooms have a long history of use by different countries and cultures around the world. Including the ancient Egyptians and over 2,000 years of documented use in Asian countries. Mushrooms were typically taken to encourage good health, fight disease and encourage long life. Although the fleshy mushrooms we see growing are ephemeral. The mycelium from which they grow can live for hundreds of years. In fact, the largest known organism on Earth is the mycelium of an Armillaria Ostoyae (honey mushroom) in Eastern Oregon. It covers an expanse of 890 hectares, and is over 2,000 years old! Today, we are rediscovering the fascinating properties of mushrooms.
Of the thousands of edible mushrooms around the world, more than a hundred are currently being studied to investigate their potential health benefits. We know that all mushrooms contain the immune supporting and inflammation fighting Beta Glucans. But individual species of mushrooms all have their own benefits. Here are some of the most popular mushrooms that are available in-store with Evergreen, and online at Evergreen.ie!
Cordyceps is a fungus, and most species of this mushroom are endoparasitoids, parasitic mostly on insects. Although it has worldwide distribution, it is typically found in mountainous regions of China. Cordyceps was viewed as a tonic of all illnesses by the traditional healers of Sikkim. Of all the mushrooms popular in a supplement form, this is most likely to be ‘grown’ in a laboratory, ensuring that it can remain a vegan product and is produced ethically. The benefits of Cordyceps are numerous, and aside from the excellent anti-viral and immune boosting properties, it can also work very well to support energy levels. Your stamina and endurance can be helped by Cordyceps as it works to promote better oxygen efficiency. It also can improve and support libido with its hormonal health benefits.
Lion’s Mane (also known as the Hedgehog mushroom and as Hericium Erinaceus) is named after its resemblance to its namesake. Due to long white strands which cascade from it, and belongs to the tooth fungus group. This medicinal mushroom has presented two special compounds in studies, hericenones and erinacines. These are thought to help stimulate the growth of brain cells. Lion’s Mane was previously used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a brain tonic, with them believing it helps to aid focus, memory, mood, and creativity. Aside from possibly enhancing cognitive function, this mushroom is also rich in anti-oxidants, could reduce feelings of irritability and anxiety. It may even support overall cellular health and the functioning of the hippocampus, the part of the brain in charge of memory processing and emotional reactions.
The reddish brown and almost fan-shaped Reishi mushroom (also known as Ganoderma Lucidum, and as ‘the mushroom of immortality’) is another well-known and revered mushroom in historical Asian medicine. (in the past, it was afforded only by royalty), With an impressive range of benefits. Reishi is technically also an edible mushroom when fresh. However with a wooden and bitter flavour it is not very palatable, and is more commonly taken in a supplement form. The properties of Reishi lend to a huge number of benefits, including anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-oxidant actions. Reishi may also support your liver and gastric injury, and can work to regulate blood glucose. Studies have shown that Reishi can also assist with anxiety, irritability, and even boost mood.
If you would like to learn more about the possible benefits of mushrooms, or to find out which could work best for you. Pop in to one of our stores or visit us online at Evergreen.ie! Irish Botanica are a great brand who have harnessed the many benefits of the mushroms. Click on this link and it will lead you our Irish Botanica brand category.