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Introducing the Power of Mushrooms into Your Diet

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Looking to enhance your health and nutrition? Incorporating mushrooms into your diet might be the answer. This article explores two ways you can experience the benefits of mushrooms and explains why they make great gifts for any occasion.

Since ancient times, mushrooms have been used for their healing properties and ability to promote overall well-being. Whether you’re seeking a quick gift idea or a long-term project, these mushroom-related suggestions offer opportunities for ways you can incorporate mushrooms into your diet and take that journey alone, or with someone you love.

The Mushroom Coffee Starter Kit

If you’re looking for a convenient and healthful gift, consider the Mushroom Coffee Starter Kit. While the name suggests coffee, it’s actually a coffee alternative mushroom chai tea latte. This kit includes the Super 17 mushroom coffee blend, consisting of six functional mushrooms, three roots and eight spices that work synergistically to improve mood stabilization, enhance brain clarity, and boost resilience.

With some guidance, your loved one can easily prepare the perfect mushroom chai tea latte using the kit’s frother wand. This unique gift provides ongoing health benefits that keep on giving, making it a thoughtful choice for anyone seeking a nourishing beverage alternative.

The Mushroom Spore Kit

Both lion’s mane and turkey tail mushrooms are increasingly under study by scientists for their healing properties.  Where cannabis will soothe anxiety, mushrooms hold the potential of curing chronic anxiety and giving us new neural pathways that contribute to our coping ability, our resilience, and in helping us shift our perspectives.  

Growing the mushrooms takes very little effort.  The kit fits in a shoe box and for the first thirty days, it must be kept in a dark, cool place while it colonizes.  The next phase requires making an opening in the corner of the bag for air and for misting.  For this second phase, lasting six to eight weeks, a daily mist, and a temperature-controlled environment near natural light (near a window) is required.  When complete, there is a crop of fresh, organic mushrooms to harvest and the potential for a second harvest.

Fresh lion’s mane mushrooms make a vegan’s delight of steak-substitute.  And like turkey tail mushrooms, they can be eaten raw, fresh, cooked, dried, and powderized.    

Regardless of the source, through our mushroom coffee or by growing your own crop, there are powerful health benefits to including Lion’s Mane and Turkey Tail mushrooms in one’s diet.

mushrooms spore kit

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s mane is most recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties, which contribute to managing stress and work as an antidepressant.  According to recent studies, lion’s mane offers new pathways into depression treatment and may constitute a strong alternative to therapy for depression.  The contribution to brain clarity is most interesting and it is likely that over time, scientists will prove that the neurogenesis properties contribute to mood stabilization and fighting depression in a much bigger way than the anti-inflammatory properties. 

From this article in US news titled “Can Lion’s Mane Improve Brain Function”, one expert is cited as saying  “With lion’s mane, and most other medicinal mushrooms, we see it passing the blood-brain barrier.. Many supplements aren’t able to pass this barrier, making it part of the reason lion’s mane may hold such potential for improving brain function. And it’s in the brain itself. . . where the cognitive effects can be seen. 

Dimitriu, another scientist notes, “Most interestingly, it has been proposed that (lion’s mane) may increase neurogenesis in the hippocampus,” the part of your brain responsible for learning and memory. Neurogenesis is your brain’s way of forming new connections – such as thoughts, ideas, and memories. “Lion’s mane mushroom is believed to improve this process of neurogenesis.”

Turkey Tail

The most commonly known and understood health benefits of turkey tail mushrooms are:

  • Adaptogenic Properties
    Adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, and chemical stress, help promote normal functioning during times of stress, and protect against stress-related damage.
  • Support of the immune system
    Packed with phenols & flavonoids that are antioxidant and anti-aging, turkey tail combats oxidative stress that can damage tissues, causing chronic illness and premature aging.
  • Supports a healthy inflammation response
    Krestin (PSK) and Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP) are two types of polysaccharopeptides found in turkey tail. Both PSK and PSP possess powerful immune-boosting properties. They promote immune response by both activating and inhibiting specific types of immune cells and by suppressing inflammation.
  • Supports gut health
    Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said over 2,500 years ago ‘all disease begins in the gut.’ A healthy and balanced gut microbiome helps us absorb nutrients from the food we eat, influences the brain and the immune system, and also helps to regulate our metabolism, skin health, heart health, hormone balance, and much more.

In Summary

In regard to these two health-promoting mushrooms, Lion’s Mane is clearly for the brain clarity, focus, and mood stabilization, while Turkey Tail is clearly for gut health and for boosting the immune system, for feeding the systems of the body so that they can make healthy physical responses to stress and inflammation.  Good physical health is so directly related to good mental health that one can conclude that both clearly contribute to mood stabilization.The sisters have presented two obvious ways to get mushrooms into your diet and the diet of the one you love.  If you are interested in getting your hands in the healing soil, then consider growing mushrooms.  If you don’t have time for that, then mushroom coffee might be your way in.

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