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A Guide to Powerhouse Mushrooms: History, Benefits & Uses

A Guide to Powerhouse Mushrooms: History, Benefits & Uses

You might only think about food when you think about mushrooms–risotto, gravy and soup come to mind–but mushrooms provide so much more than just flavor. People have consumed them for their nutritional and medicinal properties for centuries. 

Mushroom Magic

For our purposes, there are three mushrooms you want to know: Reishi, Lion’s Mane and Shiitake. But also know this: there are at least 270 species of mushrooms that are known to possess various therapeutic properties. Edible mushrooms that demonstrate medicinal or functional properties include Hericium erinaceus while others such as Ganoderma lucidum and Trametes versicolor are known mainly for their medicinal properties.1 In fact, the term “medicinal mushroom” is now increasingly gaining global recognition. The use of mushrooms can be traced back to the ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures, where they were used to promote general health and longevity. In fact, ancient Romans called them “the food of the gods.2

Let Your Health Mushroom 

Studies show that mushrooms possess potent antioxidant properties effective in fighting oxidative stress known to contribute to the development of conditions such as cardiovascular problems and neurodegenerative conditions.* Supplements are a sure way to incorporate them into your diet, but you can also try eating them the old fashioned way. 

A better defense—our magical trio

Our Three Defenders Mushroom Complex contains Reishi, Lion’s Mane and Shiitake to provide a high quality and powerful organic mushroom blend to support overall immune health and cognitive function. Reishi is widely used in China and many other Asian countries, and has been attributed to a range of beneficial effects, including cardiovascular health. Lion’s Mane is recognized for its positive effect on the nervous system, referred to as “nature’s nutrient for the neurons.” Together, the three mushrooms make for a potent blend with unique wellness properties to optimize the immune system.


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Smith J.E, Rowan N.J. & Sullivan R. Medicinal mushrooms: a rapidly developing area of biotechnology for cancer therapy and other bioactivities. Biotechnology Letters. 2002;24:1839–1845.

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