So what exactly are Adaptogens?
It’s a naturally occurring nontoxic substance that protects the body from stress by stabilizing and optimizing it’s physiological functions. Which means they protect you from disease, boost your immunity and promote overall health and wellness. Other adaoptogens are ginseng root, holy basil, cordyceps. The really brilliantly amazing function of an adaptogen is that it helps in a non-specific way, so it “adapts” to what YOUR body needs. How cool is that??
Here’s a recap of some of the benefits you can experience with consistent usage, again though, depending on what help your body is in need of. If your blood sugar is already stable, or you don’t have allergies….
- Seasonal allergy relief
- Anti-Aging, both Internally AND Externally (it’s also called the “mushroom of immortality” for a reason ?)
- Helps prevents tumor growth and cancer
- Improves liver function and detoxification
- Stabilizes Blood Sugar
- Supports cardiovascular system for heart health and lowering blood pressure
- Balances Hormones naturally. Supporting and balancing the endocrine system ensures your body is able to repair itself at night, leading to an increase in quality and duration of sleep and peak functioning during the day.
- Boosts immune function to protect against pathogens – like bacteria, viruses and parasites.
- Improves cognitive functioning
Consuming medicinal mushrooms should be a part of your daily health & wellness routine.
Here is my super yummy Hot Chocolate recipe using Reishi
For more information on Reishi, Chaga and a few of the other medicinal healing mushrooms, including recipes, check out this book:
When looking to purchase the most effective and beneficial Reishi powdered extract here are a couple things to note:
- The label needs to state 1. “fruiting body extract” (NOT mycelium) and 2. “dual-extracted”.
- Look for brands that have been tested against pesticides, even if they are certified organic.
- Extracts with at least 20% polysaccharide content to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of the active ingredients.
- Powdered EXTRACT form is the most effective delivery system, as capsules (while still great) usually have fillers and lubricants added.
Here are the two I recommend: