Did you know, that we are more closely related to funghi than to any other kingdom? Surprising isn’t it? Only 600 million years ago, animals and funghi shared common ancestry. Some single celled organisms developed into multi-celled creatures and became either plants, animals or funghi. There are many similarities between animal cells and funghi cells – including the lack of photosynthesis and the use of enzymes to break down food. I believe that this is one of the most fundamental reasons why mushrooms are just so good for us.
Mushrooms are absolutely packed with vital nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. For centuries, mushroom extracts have been used to treat a huge variety of conditions. Mushrooms can be used to strengthen and balance the immune system, maintaining harmony and helping us to fight off colds and illness. They can help to fight stress & fatigue, improve the skin, boost memory and concentration and enhance overall well-being.
Knowing about the amazing properties of mushrooms, I was very excited when Hybrid Herbs sent me a pack of their Chaga – Diamond of the Forest powder and Red Reishi to try out.
I’m going to tell you a little about each one, and my experiences with using them.
As you can see from the image above – it’s really easy to take the mushroom powders. I wasn’t overly keen on the taste in tea, and preferred to mix them into my green smoothies every morning. The benefits are great, either way. I mixed some into a few soups/stews as well.
Duanwood Red Reishi
Known as the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’, the Reishi mushroom is one of the most famous tonic herbs of all time, and has been used to strengthen the immune system, fight stress and increase vitality.
The Reishi mushroom has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties – including Candida. It can also reduce blood pressure and improve the health of the prostate in men. It is also said that Reishi can calm the mind, and reduce stress – having been used by monks and spiritual seekers.
Chaga – Diamond of the Forest
Chaga is a powerful adaptogen – a plant which helps your body fight disease and respond to stress. It’s richer than blueberries in antioxidants and contains vitamins B and D, along with copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iron.
It’s believed that Chaga absorbs all the nutrients and energy from the Birch Tree where it grows, and that in order to survive harsh climates, it concentrates natural compounds for protection. Hence the powerful properties.
As well as all supporting the immune system, and giving general well-being, Chaga has great anti-ageing properties and is also a lovely tonic for the adrenal glands and digestive system.
As I briefly mentioned above, I preferred the mushroom powders mixed into smoothies, as the tea was rather strong and bitter. Someone else may love it, but it just wasn’t for me! Anyway, I haven’t had a cold since I started taking these powerful extracts, and I appear to have missed out on my usual April/May hay-fever!
I’ve noticed a marked mprovement in concentration and enthusiasm for tasks. Energy improved. I’m also much more awake and alert. Most of these changes took around 2-3 weeks to start to slow, and I’d say around 4-5 weeks before they were significant.
I’d say there are lots of other internal benefits that I haven’t noticed, but it’s definitely a wonderful way to get the extra nutrients, vitamins and general goodness you need, without falling back on vitamin pills and other supplements.
So go ahead, add these mushrooms to your life and you’ll never look back!
These products were send to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.