Functional Mushrooms - Support your energy and cognition
Posted on May 20, 2019
Over the last five years, interest in mushrooms as a health supplement has skyrocketed. In the last 12 months especially, we've observed a spike in the number of people looking for functional foods to help with energy and cognition.
If you've been on Instagram lately, you've probably been bombarded with pictures of people raving about adding mushrooms to their coffees, teas, and smoothies.
Let's break it down.
Chaga mushrooms (also known as birch fungus) provide functional defense against oxidative stress, and they have one of the highest ORAC ratings.
What are ORAC ratings?
ORAC values are used to quantify the "total antioxidant capacity" of a food. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. The nice thing about the ORAC test is that "it measures the antioxidant activity of a food rather than the levels of specific nutrients, such as vitamin C or E." (2)
Cordyceps militaris is thought to support energy and stamina, making them a go-to for athletes. Cordyceps have also been studied for their antioxidant properties, though few human trials exist.
Lion's Mane (yamabushitake) mushrooms contain bioactive substances that have positive effects on the body, and in particular, the brain. Studies have found that these mushrooms contain hericenones and erinacines, two compounds that can stimulate the growth of brain cells. (3) Lion's Mane is not only thought to support memory and concentration, it also may support cognitive function and the nervous system.
Maitake is increasingly being recognized as a potent (and delicious) source of polysaccharide compounds with dramatic health-promoting potential. (4) In laboratory and human studies, maitake extract was able to stimulate various cells in the immune system. (5) The Maitake mushroom is a type of adaptogen that is thought to support the body's mental and physical function.(6) Maitake mushrooms are rich in beta-glucans, vitamins B and C, potassium, fiber, and more. (7)
If you're looking for a delicious way to incorporate this premium mushroom blend into your daily ritual, try our Green Smoothie recipe for a satisfying morning meal.
Please note: these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting a new dietary supplement.