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Why you need Mushrooms in your diet

Why you need Mushrooms in your diet


At Ancient and Wild Organics, we believe in sourcing Medicinal Superfoods that are bio-available, sustainable, and invoke real lasting change on your health and wellness. Ultimately improving your quality of life. We want to share our knowledge and provide potently, 100% natural whole food products that are renowned for being the best. Our latest product Defence Elixir 5 mushroom Mix, is certified organic 10:1 combination of Reishi, Lions mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, Miatake. No fillers, no additives just straight up pure and natural mushroom extract. 10 kgs of each mushroom makes 1 kg of our powder. Reduce the stress in your life and maintain your balance easily with just 50g lasting you 20 days.

Why Mushrooms you may ask?

Mushrooms have been used in humans' food for millennia they are low in calories and high in minerals, vitamins, fibres, and essential amino acids. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the consumption of mushroom due to an increasing number of studies identifying the therapeutic properties of the substances isolated from various species of fungi.

“Some can feed you, some can kill you, some can heal you, and some can send you on a spiritual journey. Mushrooms are so powerful and so yet so ephemeral, it's natural for humans to avoid that which we don't understand, out of fear because we don't know the difference.” – Paul Stamets. He also goes on to say, 30% of the soil mass is fungal! To put that into some perspective, for every meter of tree root there is 1km of mycelium network. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. Paul Stamets, an American mycologist, author, and advocate of bioremediation and medicinal fungi, calls mycelium natures internet. So sensitive, they respond to every footprint that is made on the ground. I know, I know it's sounding a lot like avatar right now… it’s good to question everything you read on the internet, so I welcome you to research it!


A brief history of mushrooms

Mushrooms are said to be the architects of our existence. The oldest multicellular organism fossil we have available today is mycelium infused lava 2.4 billion years old. They have hundreds of billions of tips, with their tips growing out and exploring for new enzymes to help break down toxins and food sources. Using their DNA to sequence new coding from the discovered enzymes, and then use these throughout its entire network. They are massively adaptive organisms. They have a network like design, not dissimilar to how our neural network looks inside our brain. These mushroom networks have a microbiome, and it's the foundation of the food web. Similarly, we have a microbiome. Many of the bacterial diseases that affect fungus also affect us. One of the best anti-biotics (penicillin) came from a fungus. Mushrooms need antibacterial and antifungal compounds to survive in their natural environment. It is therefore not surprising that antimicrobial compounds could be isolated from many mushrooms and that they could be of benefit for human beings.

Mushrooms have been consumed since earliest history;

  1. Ancient Greeks believed that mushrooms provided strength for warriors in battle.
  2. Romans perceived them as the "Food of the Gods."
  3. Chinese culture has treasured mushrooms as a health food, an "elixir of life."

Ancient mushroom

Health benefits of Mushrooms

They have been intertwined throughout human culture for thousands of years and have been identified by the most important civilizations in history for their sensory characteristics and attractive culinary attributes. Nowadays, we know that mushrooms are a valuable food source because they are low in calories, carbohydrates, fat, and sodium: also, they are cholesterol-free. Besides, mushrooms provide essential nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D, proteins, and fibre. All together with a long history as a food source, mushrooms are essential for their healing capacities and properties in traditional medicine. It has reported beneficial effects on the health and treatment of some diseases. Many nutraceutical properties have been identified in mushrooms, such as prevention or treatment of Parkinson, Alzheimer, hypertension, and high risk of stroke. They are also utilized to reduce the likelihood of cancer invasion and metastasis due to anti-tumoral attributes. Mushrooms act as antibacterial, immune system enhancer and cholesterol-lowering agents; additionally, they are essential sources of bio-active compounds.

Want to know more?

For more information on our Defence Elixir 5 mushroom mix, check out our product page and stay tuned for an in-depth blog on each of the healing properties of the mushrooms in our Defence Elixir Pack!