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Are Mushrooms the Future of Wellness?

作者:admin 2020-09-20

Mushrooms’s Lion’s Mane Tincture.Credit...Benjamin Lillibridge
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Lion’s mane, which has the look of a shaggy, faux-fur ottoman, was found in a 2016 study published by the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine to promote peripheral nerve regeneration in rats. For humans, the mushroom is typically used with the goal of enhancing concentration, memory and mental clarity. “It has a mild taste and is fantastic sautéed in butter,” says Wooden Spoon Herbs founder Lauren Haynes, who gets hers from Oregon and upstate New York. For the brand’s Mushroom Cocoa powder ($38), a scoop of which can be added to your morning coffee, fruiting bodies of lion’s mane and other varieties are extracted via a long-simmer method and flavored with vanilla and mesquite. Another option for those hoping to improve recall is Gaia Herbs’s Mind Spring powder ($35), which contains lion’s mane and turmeric. Cordyceps, on the other hand, whose stems often resemble Cheetos in both shape and color, may contribute to physical acuity. “In the 1993 Olympics, three Chinese runners were screened for steroids, but all the panel found were cordyceps,” says the naturopathic doctor Nadia Musavvir. She recommends Four Sigmatic’s Instant Mushroom Coffee With Chaga and Cordyceps ($15) — the chaga is purported to neutralize caffeine jitters.

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“Tremella is amazing for boosting gut and skin health from the inside out — it’s been revered as a beauty mushroom in Asia for hundreds of years,” Stephanie Park, the founder of the Brooklyn supplement label Wylde One, says of the vitamin D-rich variety. Wrapped in single-serving packets, the brand’s Golden Glow Up ($29) adaptogenic turmeric latte blend contains astragalus and tremella, also known as “silver ear” mushrooms, along with cardamom, black pepper and digestion-enhancing ginger. Another option is Moon Juice’s Collagen Protect powdered creamer ($58), which incorporates organic tremella extracts and rice bran-derived tocotrienols, or “tocos,” natural sources of vitamin E that lend a mildly malty finish. Picking up some raw shiitake mushrooms from your local farmers’ market might also be a boon: Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, says the familiar umbrella cap “contains significant levels of vitamin D, selenium and zinc, which help to maintain skin health.” And then there’s Sun Potion’s Astragalus the Great Protector ($57), made with ingredients grown wild at high elevations, and filled with polysaccharides, which have long been endorsed as natural aids for hydration and soothing stomach ulcers.

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The repeatedly invoked “cure-all” of functional fungi is reishi. “Its most popular and well-known benefits are its ability to reduce stress and fatigue, and, in general, help chill you out,” says Lillibridge, who suggests Mālama Mushrooms’s Reishi Mushroom Extract Powder ($30). When taken consistently, the multitasking “queen healer,” as reishi is sometimes called, is even believed to help regulate rest cycles: “It’s been shown to increase deep delta-wave sleep,” Lillibridge says. For a soothing nightcap enjoyed half an hour before bed, try the reishi- and valerian root-filled Sleep Superfood Water Enhancer by BareOrganics ($12), which will dissolve in liquid at any temperature, or Kamu Lab’s Dream nightly sleep drops ($60), which enhance the mushroom’s calming effects with those of CBD and California poppy. It’s no wonder emperors of the Qing dynasty were said to exchange gifts of ceremonial ruyi scepters sculpted to resemble reishi, the so-called mushroom of immortality.

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