I know what you are thinking as you read the title: “She has lost it, and now promoting magic mushrooms!”
Although I am sure those who tried the “magic” kinds will tell you how much fun that was, the kind of magic I am talking about comes with no hallucinations or unexpected side effects! It comes with one simple magic power: health benefits!
WW founder, Zoe, has been, for years, doing research about the powers of herbs and natural products. This is, in fact, how and why Wunder Workshop was born.
Not only WW is the first Turmeric Brand in Europe, but the original blends that have been released in the last two years alone, define this name as number one in the health industry.
The Golden Shrooms blend is no exception! This beautiful mix includes the base for all Golden products: Turmeric, and a selection of two of the most powerful medicinal mushrooms, Cordyceps and Reishi, Ginger, Cacao and Black Pepper.
The mix is tasty and i can ensure it works. I created a new coffee special this morning and it was the most energising thing i have ever had!
You may be familiar with some of the ingredients already; i shared the amazing benefits of Turmeric in one of my posts, and most have heard of Medicinal Mushrooms, but have you ever researched what exactly makes them so special?
For millennial, mushrooms have been valued and grown around the world for their healing and nutritional attributes. Although there are species of mushrooms that are not suitable for ingestion and contain neurotoxins which can also be fatal, the ones discovered as medicinal really own up to their title!
Medicinal Mushrooms release compounds which react positively into the human body. Lab observations have observed their activity within the cellular structure of humans and animals alike. Mushrooms are smart and although we have found how well they work for us, they have these healing compounds and attributes mostly for their benefit, which allows them to survive when other micro-organisms like bacteria, for example, struggle.
Our immune system is triggered by many components in medicinal mushrooms, making them work better against bacteria and viruses and also against other fungi (like candida for example).
All mushrooms have active Polysaccharides (usually with proteins) which bind to different receptors in the human and animal immune system cells, triggering changes in their response towards pathogens (this is one of the reasons why cancer cells are more recognisable to the immune system when a patient ingests medicinal mushrooms) I am saying this with the caveat that every mushrooms has a different metabolism so not all medicinal mushrooms are used for all pathogens and ailments.
Not all medicinal mushrooms are exotic and expensive, some are quite accessible and used as part our culinary experiences (like Shiitake – which has been linked to fighting cancer cells, restore healthy cholesterol levels and fighting viruses) and for the purpose of this article we will focus on Cordyceps and Reishi (or, as David Wolfe called it, the Queen of Med Mushrooms)
Cordyceps is a fungi species that grows on larvae of moth. Two opinions follow the relationship with the larvae. one is that the fungus feeds off the larvae, as parasites would, which is what historically was thought. Others, however have noticed that the fungi grows with the larvae and the larvae survives with the fungi by helping each other out; one of the unanswered questions from nature, i guess.
Cordyceps can effectively adapt and promote health in harsh environments and are found to be very efficient in balancing and regulating the immune system’s response to pathogens. Cordyceps have been used to enhance athletic performance and energy levels. because of its adaptability to extreme conditions, athletes have seen an improvement when oxygen levels are lessened in the body, which would cause more fatigue. i also believe this mushroom is wonderful for adrenal exhaustion and energy release when the adrenals are depleted. Incidentally, Cordyceps is also linked to Kidney health, so there is surely a link here too. In Chinese medicine Cordyceps was used a lot for treating respiratory ailments and in fact it has been shown to be great for Asthma. Because of its immune boosting properties it has been suggested to cancer patients to fight cancer as well as diabetes patients as cordyceps has been found to stimulate the sensitivity of cells to insulin , which allows more sugar to go into the cell rather than stay into the blood causing issues. Good enough for me!
Cordyceps is also called an adaptogen because of its quality to adapt to the body’s needs, but , as all adaptogens, especially those which can affect hormones, it does increase male and female sex hormones, which may not be appropriate for hormone dependent cancers.
Here comes the Queen! Reishi mushrooms was and is extremely popular in chinese medicine too. Its health benefits are linked to highly active immune-modulating polysaccharides and more than 130 triterpenoid compounds. Reishi is an anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine (great for those suffering from allergic reactions) and anti cancer.
Reishi has also been suggested to people suffering from auto-immune diseases , since it can regulate the immune system to try and stabilise its attack on its own body.
One of my favourite health properties is its power to support the liver against toxicity and normalising liver enzymes. I wish i has known about this when my grandmothers has liver problems as i feel her healing journey would have been successful that way.
So now that you have a little sneak peak into the “Wunders” of Medicinal Mushrooms you can see why Golden Shrooms is a must have!