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The magic of medicinal mushrooms

Magic mushrooms, but not that kind... 

There are over 50,000 species of mushrooms on the planet, 270 of which scientists have found hold therapeutic and medicinal properties.  These benefits range from containing specific health-boosting compounds that can treat and prevent different diseases, to altering the chemistry in our brains to treat anxiety and depression.

Mushrooms have been used medicinally for thousands of years, however it's only recently that many varieties have been hitting the headlines as new research unlocks new exciting discoveries, and shows like Fantastic Fungi feature on Netflix. 

Some of the most promising evidence for medicinal mushrooms point to their benefits for immune regulation to impacting physiological issues, hormone regulation and anti-inflammatory effects.

Reishi, known in China as ‘Lingzhi’ which literally translates to ‘the mushroom of immortality’, is a kidney-shaped parasol in shades of red, orange and yellow and is found growing all over the world on deciduous trees. This mushroom is an incredible immune regulator and a source of beta-glucans which are shown to regulate blood cholesterol levels and may lower the risk of heart disease. It also has the astonishing ability to support and protect the liver which aids detoxification. Holding both anti-cancer properties and adaptogenic properties it goes onto promoting sleep and relaxation improving your body’s ability to cope with stress. Not typically something you would find in your breakfast bowl, Reishi features in Indi Body, to take its rightful place in our daily diet. 

  

Lion’s mane mushroom looks exactly as its name suggests. The waterfall of icicles, this globe-shaped fungus that has long spines reminiscent of hairs has been shown to promote cognitive performance and working memory. It contains compounds that promote the creation of nerve growth factor that can enhance cognitive abilities by repairing and controlling cells in the nervous system. Lion’s mane has this overwhelming authority to stimulate the brain in many different aspects; memory, focus and treating depression and anxiety. It may also  provide protection against degenerative brain diseases including Alzheimers and Dementia through aiding the formation of new neurons. You'll find Lions Mane in Indi Mind. 

 

Perhaps the most exciting thing about mushrooms is that we are only just scratching the surface of how they can benefit us. Scientists see mushrooms as one of the new frontiers healthcare. 

What more will we uncover about these curious fungi lurking beneath our feet?