5 Medicinal Mushrooms That Can Improve Your Health

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Maitake Mushroom

Most of us have probably cooked with and eaten mushrooms. But did you know that some of them have very potent healing properties too?

We may have tried the more common mushrooms like button and portabella, but there are some less well known mushrooms that are even better for us healthwise.

Medicinal mushrooms, though sometimes flavorful, are not used for cooking like common mushrooms. They are most often made into tea or dried and ground into a powder and put into capsules.

Some of the best medicinal mushrooms used in China for thousands of years include reishi, maitake, agaricus, shiitake and cordyceps. There are more, but these are the most potent and have the most benefit for health.

These mushrooms have a similar chemical structure to humans. In fact, mushrooms are more closely genetically related to humans than most any other plant.

Mushrooms such as these, if taken on a regular basis can have a very positive impact on our health and mental state. For instance, the people of China refer to reishi mushroom as “The mushroom of Immortality” as it’s thought to extend life and keep a person healthy well into old age.

Modern science has proven that reishi does in fact boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, protect against viruses and offer many other health benefits as well. Reishi also has a calming effect on the mind. Many Buddhist monks still take it every day to calm the spirit, making it easier to meditate.

Reishi has historically been used to treat high blood pressure, hepatitis, blood circulation problems, anxiety, concentration and memory problems, asthma, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and more.

Maitake, agaricus and shiitake mushrooms are also a potent immune system boosters. They are a great source of beta glucan and help to ward off disease. They boost the body’s production of natural killer cells that eliminate viruses in the body.

Maitake has been used to treat cancer, HIV, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tumors and as an aid in weight loss.

Agaricus is often used by diabetics to control blood sugar and to treat such conditions as high cholesterol, stress, ulcers, osteoporosis and to heal circulatory and digestive ailments.

Shiitake is used to treat high blood pressure, viral infection, cancer, liver disease, flu and colds, tumors, poor blood circulation, exhaustion, high cholesterol and for maintaining proper weight.

Cordyceps mushroom boosts the immune system too, but is also used to increase strength and stamina and build lean muscle. Many Olympic athletes take this medicinal mushroom while training and competing for these reasons.

These are just a very few benefits that can be obtained from medicinal mushrooms. There are many more. If you’d like to improve your health, why not give one of more of them a try and see how much better you feel.

I highly recommend Perfect Cordyceps. It’s one of the most potent forms available.

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