Mushrooms: the next superfood?
Perhaps! Research has identified more than 200 medical conditions that can be treated with mushroom consumption. Plus, there are more than 100 different beneficial effects that they can produce for the body!
Mushrooms offer many important nutrients, including B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper, iron, and vitamin D. Mushrooms also offer some other great benefits. Here are our top 7 favorites! They:
Are high in antioxidants. Mushrooms rank very high on the ORAC scale, meaning they contain free-radical fighting antioxidants.
Promote gut health. Mushrooms act as prebiotics, which means they feed the good bacteria in your gut. (Learn more in this past blog post.) Good gut health helps strengthen your immune system.
Are high in fiber. Mushrooms contain two types of fibers called beta-glucans and chitin. These fibers have been shown to have a protective effect against gastrointestinal diseases, obesity, stroke, cholesterol, and hypertension. Further, they’ve been shown to support weight loss by decreasing appetite and increasing the feeling of being full.
Can lower risk for diabetes: A 2018 study showed that people who eat a lot of fiber may lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For people who already have it, fiber can help reduce blood glucose levels.
Can improve heart health. The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C in mushrooms may contribute to heart health by regulating blood pressure and muscle contraction, which may decrease the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Have cancer-fighting properties. Mushrooms contain a type of protein called lectins, which are able to bind to abnormal cells and tell our immune system to destroy them. Many studies have shown that mushrooms help fight many times of cancer including breast, lung, pancreatic, cervical, prostate, carcinoma, and gastric cancer, as well as acute leukemia
BONUS: They are great for the environment! World-renowned mycologist Paul Stamets gave a popular TED talk where he shared that mushrooms can potentially solve some of the modern day world’s biggest problems:
Clean up oil spills
Help with farm pollution
Fight off viruses such as smallpox and flu
Ward off insects
Create healthy environments for farms and forests, and
Even become a sustainable fuel source
Mushroom Coffee ☕
You’ve probably seen the recent trend of mushroom coffee. Mushroom coffee is as it sounds - coffee mixed with (powdered) mushrooms. The idea is that you get the benefits of both the mushrooms and the coffee, with an all-natural energy boost with less caffeine.
We’re big fans of the benefits of mushroom (and coffee… 😍) which is why we are excited to bring you Elixir Superfood’s keto coffee in the November box! Get your box here.
Elixir keto coffee contains three types of organic, powerful mushrooms that boast some additional super powers:
Chaga - Chaga is especially high in antioxidants, and has been shown to fight inflammation and boost your immune system. It’s also been shown to lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
Lion’s Mane - Studies have shown that lion’s mane can stimulate the growth of brain cells, and even reduce memory loss. It’s even been shown to reduce anxiety!
Reishi - Reishi is a great energy and mood booster: it has been shown to help fight fatigue and reduce symptoms of depression.
We can’t wait to hear what you think of mushroom coffee! Have any other favorite ways to get your mushrooms on? We want to hear! Please send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.