384 – Understanding Traditional Medicinal Mushrooms

Exploring Maitake, Reishi, Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane mushrooms

“Our ancestors have used mushrooms as medicine for thousands of years. The Greek physician Hippocrates, circa 450 bce, classified the amadou mushroom (Fomes fomentarius) as a potent anti-inflammatory and for cauterizing wounds….Although mushrooms have long been used by various cultures, only recently has modern science rediscovered what the ancients knew long ago—that mushrooms can be deep reservoirs of powerful medicines.

There are over 50,000 species of mushroom! (That includes yeasts and fungi.) Some are psychoactive, some poisonous, and some are beneficial to our health. Some even SAVE lives! Penicillin was developed from a fungus and has saved over 200 million lives. Mushrooms have consistently shown their use at least as far back as the time of the Egyptians.

But which mushrooms should you use? Of all the mushrooms that effectively boost our health, these six are universally considered to be the most powerful and beneficial: Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, Shiitake and Maitake. Each of these mushrooms have a unique benefit that that Jery will share with you. 

  • Reishi – Reishi mushrooms can help bolster the immune system and improve blood sugar levels, and may also reduce fatigue, depression, anxiety, and inflammation, and increase stamina.*
  • Lion’s Mane – Lion’s Mane is most popular for how it can support brain functions, like focus and mood, and also the nervous system.*
  • Cordyceps – Cordyceps are high in beta-glucans and contain compounds called Cordycepin. Both of these contribute to the Cordyceps anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, and antiviral properties. Cordyceps may also help boost energy, libido, help with respiratory ailments and improve exercise performance.*
  • Chaga – The charcoal exterior of the chaga mushroom has a high concentration of antioxidants, polysaccharides, flavonoids, and betulin. These give the mushroom its anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. The soft inside contains lanostances, a bioactive compound that has anti-candida and antibacterial properties.
  • Shitake – Shiitake is a potent source of natural copper, a mineral known to support cardiovascular health, bones, and immunity. It also contains eritadenine, which lowers blood cholesterol, and lentinan, beta-glucan that can reduce tumors through its immunostimulant properties.*
  • Maitake – Maitake mushrooms have a high concentration of antioxidants and beta-glucans which helps with immune support. Research has also shown that it may help to lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure and help maintain or even lose weight – all of which are good for your heart.*

Each of these mushrooms have shown immune support benefits but also have their own unique flourish to help you heal the effects of age, brain, energy, and heart. Adding any of these mushrooms to your diet can be beneficial to your health, helping you heal and grow, internally and wholly.” Select content provided by Pure Essence Labs. CLICK HERE for more information.

About Jery Cochern

Jery Cochern is the Founder and CEO of Pure Essence Labs. In 1984, Jery founded Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems and made it, one of the industry’s largest, most successful brands and the world’s first food-based vitamin and mineral formulations.

Jery is a Certified Nutritionist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, and one of a handful of American Superior Herbalists. He is widely known as one of the natural industry’s most holistic thinkers, innovative formulators, and exceptional speakers.

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