As the saying goes, “big things come in small packages,” so does our belief that these tiny mushrooms are made not just to satisfy your palate, but to give you enormous health benefits as well. Here are our top 3 favourite mushrooms you’ll need in your diet and why they’re important!
1. Reishi Mushroom
Reishi Mushroom will always be in our no. 1 spot. It’s jampacked-full of health benefits with few calories. This fungus is popularly known as a medicinal food as it contains nutrients and phytochemicals needed by the body to function and grow. A substance called triterpene, a mood-enhancing compound known to lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety is one of the best attributes of this mushroom.
To add, it even has anti-cancer properties.
In 2003, researchers found that reishi mushrooms can enhance the activity of natural killer cells among cancer patients. These cells are a type of white blood cells that fight off cancer and infections in the body.
You can find this incredible mushroom in our Berry Boost which is 100% vegan, organic, gluten-free and dairy-free too!
2. Shitake Mushroom
Shitake may be a common ingredient found in soups and salads, but these mushrooms are said to improve heart health and lower blood cholesterol too. There have been numerous trials to test the beneficial effects of shitake and we found one in Japan.
A review study conducted in 2014 states that shitake has compounds like terpenoids, sterols, polysaccharides and lipids known to contribute to a stronger immune system. So, why not include shitake in your salad and combine it with a teaspoon of Berry Boost in your vegetable smoothie? Win-win, right?
3. Lion’s Mane
Lions Mane is currently being studied for its potential neuroprotective ingredients. A group of substances called nerve growth factors (NFs) are believed to be responsible for regenerating tissues to protect the brain.
One study published in the National Library of Medicine concluded that Lions Mane can improve mild cognitive problems among adults upon taking 250-gram tablets of it, 3 times a day.
Lions Mane can be sauteed, roasted or fried, just like a common mushroom. It’s taste? It is somewhat similar to crab or lobster but juicier and with a ‘gummy’ texture.
Reishi, shitake and lions mane are just a few of the many powerful mushrooms the world has to offer. We at Healthxcel are working with health experts to provide you with the best most natural ingredients for a better quality of life.