April 24, 2021 3 min read
Dubbed the “mushroom of immortality” due to its impressive supportive properties, reishi mushrooms have been giving us powerful health benefits for about 2,500 years.‡ In fact, reishi mushrooms were once held in so much esteem that they were reserved exclusively for royalty in China. Who would have thought that fungus could be so regal?
Sometimes referred to as “king mushrooms,” reishi mushrooms are found in Asian countries such as China, Japan and Korea. They’re most commonly consumed in powdered form in soups, teas, hot beverages and herbal remedies.
Due to its natural bitterness, one of the best ways to enjoy reishi mushrooms is to make tea. This can be achieved through a cutting and drying process or by simply purchasing it in powdered form. According to Dr. Axe, reishi mushrooms typically contain little to no calories and only a small amount of dietary fiber and protein.‡
You’ll be glad to hear that making a fresh cup of reishi tea is an easy process and even easier if you decide to go the powdered reishi route.
If you’re using whole reishi mushrooms to make your tea, the process will take a little longer as steeping takes some time.
First, you’ll want to make sure each reishi mushroom has dried completely, then go ahead and cut the mushroom into long slices. Next, boil the water on low heat and simply add the mushrooms into the pot, allowing it to simmer for 2-2.5 hours. Pour the tea into your favorite mug and allow it to cool before sipping.
Not really keen on the taste? Reishi can have a bitter taste, so a teaspoon of honey, lemon or your favorite sweetener will go a long way.
Simply blend ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy. Grab your mug, pour in the mixture and enjoy.
There are several kinds of adaptogenic mushrooms that contain a myriad of benefits and reishi is definitely among that list. As an adaptogen, reishi has the ability to help the body adapt to stress and allows the mind to stay focused in stressful situations.‡
According to Dr. Axe, reishi’s active ingredients such as beta-glucans, plant sterols and polysaccharides are what make this mushroom so beneficial.‡ What’s so great about these ingredients? Well, your skin may thank you sincebeta-glucans are special kinds of glucose molecules that help to keep skin hydrated and detoxified.‡ In addition to skin health, reishi could have far-reaching effects on many aspects of health such as sleep, stress levels, mood, and sexual function.‡
From this review, it’s fair to say that reishi mushrooms are packed with serious health benefits.‡ Here are some other notable reasons why you should add reishi to your daily rritual:
The best time to enjoy your reishi tea is a couple of hours before bed as it has a calming effect on the body, which will make for an excellent night’s sleep. Since reishi mushroom does not contain caffeine, you can also enjoy your tea at any time of the day.
Sticking to a consistent routine is important when introducing supplements into your diet. In order to see their effects, it’s good to develop a regular, realistic routine that you can stick to. Also, keep in mind thatresults can differ from person to person adaptogens react to your body’s own unique needs.‡
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