If you’re not shrooming by now, what are you doing? Mushrooms are a fungus—nature’s most powerful gift. They can heal us, mitigate our stressed systems, strengthen our bodies, open our minds, and so much more—which is why, here at Poosh, we rely on them inside and out.
Many medicinal mushrooms, namely reishi, lion’s mane, and chaga, have powerful immune-modulating effects—meaning they can stimulate or suppress the immune system in order to fight degenerative diseases, illnesses, and even cancer. Some of these immune-modulating compounds can manifest in positive effects on our brain cells, which can help us improve our memory and cognitive function, boost mood, avoid neurodegeneration, improve focus and concentration, and prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Medicinal mushrooms have many positive effects on the body, with antiallergic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiviral, and antidiabetic properties, just to name a few. Cordyceps is great for boosting athletic performance, while turkey tail, reishi, maitake, and shiitake contain beta glucans—a substance that promotes healthy gut flora, prevents fatigue, fights infection, and mitigates physical stress on the body.
Beta glucans found in mushrooms also help to moisturize the skin and build up the barrier. Medicinal mushrooms contain polysaccharides, triterpenoids and antioxidants that fight inflammation, reduce the effects of stress on the skin, and create balance and tone. Medicinal mushroom compounds can be applied topically or ingested in food to reap these powerful benefits.
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