John Constas

John Constas

11-03-2022

02:45

Mushrooms: the (not so) secret medicines pharma doesn't want you to know about THREAD

Mushrooms are a marvel of nature Their medicinal use dates back to 4000 years ago The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Aztecs all describe consuming them for their unique healing properties

Mushrooms aren’t only healing tools They’ve become a favorite of chefs worldwide for their ability to elevate flavors From earthy to umami They are a staple in many kitchens

Now You might be wondering: “What makes a mushroom medicinal?” Certain mushrooms have special compounds that enhance your biology in many ways including: Cognition Focus Energy Immunity Vitality They are powerful superfoods that deserve more attention

Back in the day Healers tested & observed different healing properties of mushrooms They were aware of their benefits & unfortunately, their dangers But they didn’t understand HOW they worked

Today Scientific research has brought to light the powers behind these organisms We’ve isolated & extracted the medicinal compounds to be used in different experiments The results are impressive

Medicinal mushrooms contain 3 types of healing compounds: Beta-Glucans Triterpenes Sterols Each has their own benefits to your wellbeing

Beta-glucans are polysaccharides (chains of carbohydrates) These sugars interact with the microbiome in your gut to modulate & prime your immune system to protect you from foreign invaders

Triterpenes are fat precursors to steroid hormones These compounds have anti viral, anti inflammatory and hallucinogenic (psilocybin) properties of mushrooms Ganoderic acids found in reishi and Betulinic acid in Chaga are the most widely studied

Lastly Mushrooms contain sterols (ergosterol) Which is a precursor to Vitamin D Research shows that leaving mushrooms out in the sun increased Vitamin D levels due to these sterols

There are quite a few medicinal mushrooms But I will be discussing the 7 most popular ones And how each of their superpowers can benefit your health

1-Lions mane This is the most popular one And also my favorite Its cognitive benefits are outstanding More focus Enhanced mental clarity Research shows it supports the growth of the hippocampus The part of your brain responsible for memory

2-Cordyceps Also known as the athletes mushroom It improves your energy and endurance by increasing the efficiency of how your body uses oxygen It contains cordycepin which is similar to adenosine Which dilates your blood vessels

3-Shiitake Known for heart health benefits Shiitake can help lower your LDL cholesterol & blood pressure

4-Reishi Known as the mushroom of immortality Its benefits are numerous: Sleep Relaxation Immnuity Vitality The Chinese have used it for thousands of years as a healing tonic

5-Turkey tail This mushroom is renowned for its immunity benefits It’s loaded with beta d glucans which prime your immune system Research shows that it can boost Natural Killer cells to fight off cancer cells And also boost the good bacteria in your microbiome

6-Chaga Chaga is the king of medicinal mushrooms It only grows on birchwood and is packed with beta-glucans and triterpenes It has the highest potency of antioxidants and supports digestive health

7-Psilocybe You may know this one as “magic mushrooms” It has made a comeback after being listed as an illicit drug due to its hallucinogenic property (psilocybin) Many considered it too dangerous to study But it has made many recent breakthroughs Particularly in psychiatry

Psilocybe was used in many shamanic practices as a healing tool And to communicate with the gods It’s psychedelic properties are used recreationally today But more recently medicinally as well

Psilocybin research is extremely promising Particularly in depression and addiction It’s been shown to increase neuronal connections in your brain to allow better communications between your brain cells

A lot more research needs to be done Consuming this mushroom isn’t for the light-hearted And should be done under the supervision of a sitter Especially for novice psychonauts

Now You might be wondering: “How the hell do I take medicinal mushrooms?” I wouldn’t recommend you cook them (except maybe lions mane) You need to take extracts which are often sold in capsules/tincture/powder forms

You can also take raw or dried mushrooms and boil them in hot water to make teas Each mushroom will have its own way to be consumed Supplement form is the simplest & quickest way Two brands I recommend are Om or Real Mushrooms They have the fruiting bodies = potent

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