In the fungi kingdom, there are a couple of big shots, such as Cordyceps and Reishi – but did you know that there is a whole world of other Functional Mushrooms that can support you on your health journey? Check out other mushrooms such as Tremella, Turkey Tail, or Shiitake to see if they are the mushroom you've been looking for.
The fungi family includes many mushrooms, some are nutritional, some are functional, and then there are others that are not generally recommended for consumption.
Super mushrooms such as Cordyceps and Reishi, have been used traditionally for many years to support various aspects of health and wellbeing. The bio-active compounds are particularly useful for supporting vitality, robust immune responses, and supporting a healthy response to stress.
Tremella is a gelatinous fungi that is found world-wide and has been used traditionally in Asia for centuries to support youthful vitality. Tremella is found growing on other fungi – so it was originally classified as an algae. Interestingly, there are over 500 different types of Tremella, depending on what the host fungi is. Modern research has found it to have very high antioxidant levels, which supports its traditional use as a youthful tonic.
Tremella may support the hydration and elasticity of the skin, and the gelatinous compounds may support a healthy digestive tract lining.
Turkey Tail Mushroom
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) is found all over the world. Its colourful concentric rings, along with its shape, look a bit like a turkey’s tail – hence the name.
Turkey tail, like many super mushrooms, has a long history of use in China as a powerful supplement for raising one’s vitality. The wonders of modern research have found the active constituents polysaccharide-K (PSK), and polysaccharopeptide (PSP) in turkey’s tail – which help to support a robust immune system and a healthy gut lining.
You may have already heard of Shiitake Mushrooms, as they can be found at your local Asian market or grocer and are a common ingredient of some tasty Asian recipes.
Shiitake is a highly nutritious mushroom that contains minerals, B Vitamins, Amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and fibre.
Shiitake can support overall wellbeing and vitality, and due to its accessibility and active compounds, can be considered as The Wonder Fungi for Immunity.