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The Magic Of Functional Mushroom

December 29, 2022

Step aside acai berries… there’s a mushroom boom happening in the health industry, says HealthPost blogger Je T’aime Hayr.

Anyone that knows me knows I’ve always taken an interest in ways of bolstering my well-being through natural means. After giving birth to my twins last summer, I was very run down and my body was left depleted. This can happen when a mother’s body is left devoid of nutrients due to them being used to nourish her growing baby or babies. As a result, my immune system was shot and I was more susceptible to catching winter ills. After doing some research, I found and began taking mushroom supplements to support my immunity. Much to my delight, by the time winter rolled around I only had a minor scratchy throat that lasted for a couple of days. Suffice to say, I’m a believer in the magic of mushrooms. Because the effects of mushrooms are cumulative, taking mushroom supplements is now part of my everyday routine.

Functional mushrooms are essentially the reproductive system of the fungi kingdom as they grow out of trees to release spores. They are rich in bioactive compounds such as polyphenols, polysaccharides and glucans, which support overall health and well-being. Mushrooms also promote gut health, as their prebiotic properties feed the established probiotic bacteria in the gut. But it’s their ability to support the immune system that has the industry buzzing. It’s said that they support the body’s immune defences, so it’s well prepared when under attack. While these benefits won’t appear overnight, they get much better over time.

There are a few fancy mushrooms to choose from. Here’s a rundown of the ones getting people the most excited.

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