Mushrooms are not just for culinary use, or toxic poisoning, or aesthetically pleasing scenery. They have the power to heal your brain and your body. In this post, I’ll be discussing the top mushrooms for healing purposes, also known as “smart mushrooms.”
To reap full benefits, you may not want to cook these mushrooms, as heat destroys the enzymes and nutrients. Instead, I would recommend taking them as supplements in powder or extract form. While you may notice affects right away in certain shroomies, they are most effective when taken daily and steadily, letting it build up in your body. Do not worry about dependence or addiction — there are no withdrawal symptoms, and they are far less dangerous than caffeine.
These mushrooms have powerful “synergy” — meaning that, when you consume a diverse amount, they all work with one another to increase their affects. So, the more shrooms you take together, the more powerful they become — allowing you to consume in very small doses while achieving maximum results.
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
White and fuzzy, lion’s mane mushrooms may look like strange mold, but they are actually extremely healthy. Lion’s mane is best for brain health, providing the power of intense focus. Studies have shown this fungus to heal brain injury, improve neural decay, and possibly prevent dementia. This mushroom is very helpful for many mental disorders, including depression and ADHD.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
A beautiful sunset-maroon color, Reishi pops out in nature horizontally, and somewhat resembles Amanita Muscarias (the classic red/white that comes to mind when we hear the word “mushroom.”) This little shroomy is best known for strengthening the immune system and providing overall wellness support. It’s great for protection from stressors, both physically and mentally. This is ideal for those with more sensitive immune systems, but everyone can benefit.
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
Not the most aesthetically pleasing, Chaga grows on birch tree and resembled burnt charcoal. But don’t be fooled — it is incredibly healing! Chaga helps to reduce inflammation, which works wonders for those with digestion issues, arthritis, and overactive immune systems. It may also lower blood pressure and prevent cancer.
Cordycepts (Cordyceps militaris)
Vividly orange, cheetos-looking cordycepts are best known for providing energy boost. They provide muscle recovery support, endurance, and stamina. It’s not a stimulant like caffeine — it’s an adaptogen, which means it “adapts” in order to fit your energy needs. This means that it won’t give you the jitters or keep you up all night!
Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)
Reminds you of Thanksgiving, doesn’t it? Turkey tail is another great immune-boosting mushroom. Although mainstream doctors have not yet confirmed this, I’ve heard many stories of people fighting and curing disease by taking turkey tail in acute and frequent amounts.
Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus)
Pale and smooth, with that classic cap-and-stem mushroom look, Oysters are commonly used in cooking. You may not also know all the benefits they have — immune system support, antioxidants, heart health, blood sugar regulation, neurodegenerative protection, and of course, great taste.
Mesima (Phellinus linteus)
Hmm, looks like a mix between reishi and turkey tail. Here is an excerpt from a 2020 study: “The tropical basidiomycete fungus Phellinus linteus (Mesima) exhibits anti-tumor, anti-angiogenic, and immunomodulatory properties in various cancers including prostate, colon, and lung cancer along with melanoma”
Agarikon (Laricifomes officinalis)
Quite a strange design, Agarikon fights against viruses, bacteria, and pathogens. It serves as great protection from infectious diseases.
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
Famous in the kitchen, Shiitakes have many culinary benefits — high protein, nutrition, and can be said to have a “beef taste” which can help you cut back on meat. Taken as a daily supplement, they provide countless benefits, from immune support to natural energy boost.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
Maitake is wonderful for digestion support, blood sugar regulation, reducing cholesterol, and heart health.
Royal sun (Agaricus blazei)
Also nicknamed “God’s mushroom,” Royal sun comes with a long list of benefits, including the protection against physical and emotional stress, as well as a treatment for diabetics.
There are so many other mushrooms out there with amazing, healing benefits. These seem to be the most popular and commercially available.