Mushrooms have a long history as both food and medicine. They were used by ancient Greeks, Romans, Native Americans and Chinese to treat health problems and improve some conditions, from infections and allergies.
Today they are still considered an important health-promoting food in many cultures around the world, including China, where they’ve been part of the diet and traditional herbal therapies for thousands of years. The first recorded use of mushrooms for their medicinal properties dates back over 2200 years ago when Greek physician Hippocrates prescribed them to his patients suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and gouty inflammation.
ORGANO has been pioneering the use of mushrooms, particularly Ganoderma Lucidum or Reishi, infusing a everyday beverage like Coffee and Tea, to help support the immune system and overall health. And today we wanted to give you a few reminders on the many benefits you can get in your daily routine by including ORGANO products in your diet.
The science behind mushrooms
In a nutshell, mushrooms are sources of nutrition and antioxidants. They’re also great for your health because they’re adaptogens – i.e. help the body adapt to stress, contain amino acids that support our immune system, and provide triterpenoids.
Ganoderma or Reishi Mushroom
Ganoderma is a medicinal mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It’s also one of the most well-known and used mushrooms in the world, with over 6 billion dollars spent on it annually. Ganoderma or Reishi is known to be a powerful immune system booster, adaptogen, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and is the core ingredient of our coffee beverages!
Much like other medicinal mushrooms, it can help you feel more vital and healthy, growing your body’s natural defenses. Find it in any of our coffee varieties! We suggest trying the Gourmet Black Coffee, ideal to start your day.
Cordyceps, a member of the Cordyceps family, is known for its ability to boost immune function. It’s been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to treat respiratory infections and diabetes. The fungus grows on the Tibetan Plateau and is used by athletes to support energy, performance and endurance.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Lion’s Mane or Hericium erinaceus is one of the more interesting looking types of mushrooms out there! Instead of having the traditional mushroom cap, it has a large clump of ‘beard’-like looking spine structures. They’re considered by many to be a gourmet food, with a wonderfully chewy texture and taste with a hint of sweetness.
It has been used for centuries to promote longevity, energy and cognitive function. It can also be used as an immune system booster, which makes it a great addition to your daily routine if you suffer from frequent colds or allergies!
We hope this has given you plenty of reasons to start making space in your diet for medicinal mushrooms. After all, they’re tasty, they’re healthy, and they have a ton of practical uses we didn’t even get into here. So go ahead—make them an integral part of your daily routine. The world will be a better place for it.
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