Why all the fuss about medicinal mushrooms?

Fact, we live in the modern world so it's highly likely you experience stress on a daily basis. If stress is left unchecked, you’re in trouble.

Chronic stress disturbs most systems in the body and can leave you feeling lethargic, susceptible to disease, unable to sleep and basically not performing at your peak.

That’s where the medicinal mushrooms come in.

Simply stated, medicinal mushrooms are mushrooms that have therapeutic value in human health and they’re super stress busters.

It’s taken a while for the West to catch on, however recent scientific and medical research indicate that the active compounds found in medicinal mushrooms can moderate stress and have a huge range of health benefits. Today, pharmaceutical medicines, nutraceuticals, or dietary supplements are made from mushrooms or their active constituents.  

They’re what’s called adaptogens. Adaptogens have a unique ability to adapt according to the specific needs of your body. If you need a boost, medicinal mushrooms will crank up good things in your body, and if you need to wind down, they’ll calm your system and defend against inflammation and oxidisation.

So, what makes mushrooms medicinal?

Mushrooms, much like other naturally occurring medicinal marvels, are host to an astounding number of nutritional and bioactive compounds. Vitamins, antioxidants, and aromatic terpenes are among the compounds that give mushrooms their therapeutic potential. Unlike plants, however, mushrooms are home to another secret weapon—complex sugars. 

Medicinal mushrooms produce a special class of polysaccharides called beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, and even some plants, like oats and barley. These natural chemicals stimulate the immune system, potentially boosting its ability to defend against harmful pathogens and, amazingly, fight cancer cells.

Which mushrooms are considered medicinal?

There’s over 700 mushroom species that are known to contain bioactive compounds that are believed to provide health benefits. We’ve identified the 6 medicinal mushrooms and one root powder we feel are most effective at helping your mind and body defend against chronic stress and feel better every day.

  1. Lion’s Mane
  2. Reishi
  3. Chaga
  4. Turkey Tail
  5. Cordyceps
  6. Tremella
  7. Ashwagandha


How do I take Medicinal Mushrooms?

The most common way to consume medicinal mushrooms is adding extract powder to your tea, coffee, smoothies or food. Check out our blog for recipes and ideas about how to incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your day.

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about medicinal mushrooms or just have a chat, please get in touch – Adam at info@shroomtoimprove.com.au I’d love to hear from you!