The Power of Functional Mushrooms
Date Posted:21 March 2021
The winter season is coming so plenty of people are looking for natural ways to boost their immune systems. There are a number of natural remedies that can serve this purpose, but at the very top of our list are - you guessed it - mushrooms! Mushroom extracts have long played a key role in traditional Chinese and Japanese cultures, and we couldn’t be more excited that the rest of the world is now following suit.
Find the right type of mushroom
Before you head out to the nearest supermarket, it’s important to note that not all mushrooms are superfoods. To reap mushroom health benefits, you’ll need to find “functional mushrooms”. Unlike regular mushrooms, these mushrooms are packed with antioxidants and nutrients, and are adaptogenic, meaning they may help the body manage physical, chemical, and biological stress.
In addition to helping regulate various physiological processes, functional mushrooms are thought to be one of the best ways to boost your immune system. For this reason, they’re a fantastic addition to your wellness routine all year round, but particularly during this season. Functional mushrooms are so easy to add to your daily routine, simply add them to your tea, coffee, smoothies, soups and many other recipes!
Discover the best mushrooms for your wellness routine
The Reishi mushroom is a red woody fungus that tends to grow predominantly on hardwoods. The mushroom has been used for many millennia in Asian cultures to treat various diseases. In Asia the Reishi mushroom is regarded as a symbol of health, longevity, success and divine power and is commonly referred to as "The mushroom of immortality"*.
Unlike some the Reishi mushroom's counterparts such as Lion's Mane or Shiitake mushroom, it is not famous for its edibility and taste but rather its beneficial properties. That is why it is commonly take as a liquid extract.
Life Cykel's Reishi liquid mushroom extract makes the bioactive compounds within the mushroom readily available to you so you can take it easy.
"I travel to the city a lot and always take my Reishi with me. It adds a sense of calmness to my life when immersed in a modern busy lifestyle. It helps me manage stress"
- Emma, Nurse, Byron Bay
"Diamond of the forest", "nature's black gold", "the gift from god"... just a few of the names Chaga goes by and for good reason. Chaga is one of the most highly regarded fungi and has been used in many baltic countries for hundreds of years.
Chaga is thought to have the highest antioxidant capacity of any functional mushroom. It contains a very high concentration of superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is known to be a potent antioxidant.
The Cordyceps mushroom is an extraordinary fungi. It has been extensively used in traditional Asian culture for centuries, due to the abundant health benefits it is thought to provide when consumed*.
The Cordyceps mushroom will power you through your day, whether it's a busy day in the office, a big training session at the gym or anything that life has to throw your way, Cordyceps has got your back!
Life Cykel's Cordyceps mushroom liquid extract makes the bioactive compounds within the mushroom readily available to you to kick start your day!
"I had heard a lot about Cordyceps and was wondering whether it would live up to its reputation and I was surprisingly impressed and found myself back on the rowing machine and lifting weights with all the extra energy I got"
The Lion’s Mane mushroom is one of the most powerful in the kingdom of fungi. It is an easily recognisable mushroom due to its unique and beautiful appearance of cascading white icicles.
Lion's Mane mushroom shows to contain an abundance of bioactive compounds, which may be its secret to great power. It will help guide you through your day and help you reach your state of flow.
Historically the Lion's Mane mushroom was reserved only for the Royals due to its highly regarded status.
"I started using Lion’s Mane to improve my concentration and focus and after 5 days noticed a significant positive change in my attention span and work output. Plus as an added bonus my cognitive memory of the dreams I had also improved.”
- Leigh Kelly, Bondi
The Shiitake mushroom is ranked number 2 in the global mushroom market for its delicious taste as well as its array of health and beauty benefits.
There are an abundance of bioactive compounds within the Shiitake mushroom, which are thought to act as potent antioxidants. The mushroom also contains many vitamins and minerals, helping you to radiate your inner and outer beauty.
This mushroom has been utilised as an edible and healing mushroom in Asia for many years. This Shiitake liquid extract makes the bioactive compounds within the mushroom readily available to you, to make you feel beautiful!
“I couldn’t believe the strength of my nails and the thickness of my hair after using Shiitake for three weeks. Also, my skin feels smoother and my confidence is up. Thanks to holy Shiitake and the Life Cykel crew!”
- Malia, New York
The Turkey Tail mushroom is an extremely abundant mushroom found predominantly in temperate forests. The name of the mushroom originates from its appearance, as the mushroom fruiting body resembles the ruffled feathers of a turkey's tail as it grows on decaying trees.
The Turkey Tail mushroom is thought to contain bioactive compounds in the form of beta-glucans. Some of the bioactive compounds in the Turkey Tail mushroom are thought to work wonders for your gut health and have potent antioxidant activity.
The Turkey Tail mushroom has been seen in Chinese medicinal literature for centuries, traditionally used to treat lung diseases and strengthen the immune system.
This Turkey Tail liquid extract will make the bioactive compounds within the mushroom readily available to you! Buy our Turkey Tail liquid extract here today and give your tummy some love.
To delve deeper in to the world of fungi and learn more about Turkey Tail and other functional mushrooms, head over to our mushroom blog or click here to take a look at some of our favourite mushroom recipes
"As a passionate medical professional, I am constantly looking at research to find the best health solutions for my patients. I have found both on a personal and professional level Life Cykel's Turkey Tail to not only have subjective positive outcomes but objective clinical outcomes too, highlighting the gut microbiome modulating effects when looking at pre and post intervention microbiome testing"
- Dr Jeremy princi, Gut Health Specialist, Bunbury
We are very happy to be retailing Life Cykel products in the near future.
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