Medicinal Mushrooms: Powerful Herbs! Posted August 24th, 2016 by Katie Visco & filed under bone broth. You are in luck!! Nourish yourself even more deeply by stirring our new medicinal mushroom blends, a.k.a. Bone Broth Boosters, into your bone broth! Each Booster features one or several medicinal mushrooms! So, you want to know – why medicinal mushrooms? These are NOT the same mushrooms you put on your pizza or add to your sauteed veggie dish! The cellular constituents of medicinal mushrooms are said to profoundly improve the quality of human health. Early on, indigenous peoples discovered these plants were exceptionally good at preventing and curing infection. Although most are too tough to eat, native peoples discovered that when boiled, a rich tea with health strengthening effects and antimicrobial properties could be made. This is exactly why I decided to create my Bone Broth Boosters – carefully selected powdered blends of dried, organic medicinal mushrooms and other herbs to easily stir right into your hot mug of daily bone broth! Here’s some information about our four flavors, each with a specific purpose in nourishing you deeply. You can order a bag of each or just one of these powerful blends at any time, shipped anywhere in the USA (simply click here to order)! If you live in Austin, Texas, you can buy them, as well as my Classic Pastured Chicken Bone Broth and Ginger Turmeric Pastured Chicken Bone Broth, at Peoples Pharmacy! Thanks, everyone! And, after you learn more about my Bone Broth Boosters, please keep reading to learn about the specific benefits of each mushroom that we use in our Boosters! Immunity Bone Broth Booster: Did you know that penicillin, streptomycin and tetracycline are all essentially mushroom extracts? Fungi produce antibiotics against bacteria. This blend is made to boost your immunity and fight off bacteria. If you are sick or want to prevent a cold (especially during flu season or allergy season – think “Cedar Fever” in Austin, Texas!), mix this into your bone broth daily! All-Organic: Chaga, Cordyceps, Maitake, Red Reishi, and Shiitake mushrooms. Balance Bone Broth Booster: If you are wanting to calm your mind and balance your spirit, try this Booster! Great for those who do yoga or even those who live a hectic life and need more inner balance and calm. Also, if you are very active or a go-go type, or are an athlete, try this Booster! All-Organic Chaga, Cordyceps, Maitake, Red Reishi, Shiitake, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Ho Shou Wu, and Cinnamon. Stamina Bone Broth Booster: If you are an endurance athlete or lead a very active lifestyle, or want to last longer in bed, try this booster! Great for long distance runners, like myself! ☺ All-Organic: Cordyceps, Turmeric, and Black Pepper. Power Bone Broth Booster: If you want the best of the best and pretty much everything, choose this one! All-Organic: Turmeric, Chaga, Cordyceps, Maitake, Red Reishi, Shiitake, Agarikon, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail, Kelp, and Black Pepper. Order Your Bone Broth Boosters by Simply Clicking Here! Medicinal Mushrooms Now, you’ll want to read about our superstar mushrooms: ★ Chaga, perhaps the most healing medicinal mushroom, increases the body’s immune response, promotes cellular health and provides powerful antioxidant protection. Chaga contains an amazing 215 phytonutrients. Initial studies suggest that the betulinic acid in Chaga supports the body’s ability to eliminate toxins while also stimulating the nervous system. ★ Cordyceps, sought out as an aphrodisiac and sexual tonic, is specially useful in alleviating fatigue, enhancing physical endurance and mental acuity. These medicinal mushrooms help rid the body of free radical activity and have displayed a capacity to lower bad LDL cholesterol as they raise the good HDL cholesterol level. ★ Maitake medicinal mushrooms have been used by traditional healers in Asia for thousands of years. Researchers in Japan have been studying the effects of Maitake mushrooms on the immune system, cancer, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Maitake is touted to have anti-tumor, anti-diabetic and anti-viral properties. ★ Red Reishi’s medicinal use dates back over 4,000 years. In ancient China, Reishi was referred to as the Mushroom of Immortality and eaten exclusively by royalty due to its rarity. This medicinal mushroom enhances the body’s immune system, improves blood circulation and is excellent for many heart conditions. ★ Shiitake, native to China, have been eaten for nearly 6,000 years. Considered the elixir of life, during the Ming Dynasty, they were reserved for the emperor and his family. Studies are showing these nutrient-dense medicinal mushrooms strengthen the immune system and are beneficial for those individuals infected with HIV. ★ Cinnamon (not a mushroom) has the highest anti-oxidant strength of all the foods in nature and its active principles are known to have anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory qualities. Cinnamaldehyde has been found to prevent platelet clogging inside the blood vessels and thereby may help prevent stroke and coronary artery diseases. ★ Ashwagandha stimulates neuro-transmitter pathways in the brain which may enhance memory and other cognitive processes. Research has also found that Ashwagandha increases the levels of three naturally powerful antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. ★ Astragalus root is one of the most popular tonic herbs used in the Orient. Some consider it to be a tonic superior to ginseng for younger people. Astragalus is a powerful adaptogenic herb and has an amazing ability to strengthen the immune system. ★ Ho Shou Wu (not a mushroom) is an extremely important herb in the Chinese tonic system. It is China’s most renowned longevity herb and has acquired a broad reputation as a youth preserver, rejuvenator and sexual tonic. Its strength comes from its remarkable ability to cleanse the body by cleaning the kidney and liver, which in turn clean the blood. ★ Agarikon: In 65 A.D. in Materia Medica,the first known herbal medical manual, the Greek physician Dioscorides described Agarikon as the elixir of long life. In ancient Greece, Agarikon was used for treating respiratory illnesses, night sweats and tuberculosis. This ancient mushroom demonstrates strong anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. ★ Lions’ Mane mushrooms are drawing the attention of researchers for their nerve-regenerative properties. These are not your ordinary-looking gilled mushrooms. Instead, lion’s mane display cascading spines. This nutritious mushroom is roughly 20 percent protein and tastes a bit like seafood. ★ Turkey Tail: For hundreds of years, these mushrooms have been used to treat various diseases in Asia, Europe and North America. Though, most likely, our ancestors knew of their medicinal value long before it was recorded, we know medicinal tea was enjoyed as early as the 15th century, during the Ming Dynasty in China. ★ Turmeric’s (not a mushroom) main active ingredient is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant! ★ Black Pepper’s (not a mushroom) key compound is piperine. It is akin to capsaicin in chili and curcumin in turmeric. Black pepper enhances the bio-availability of turmeric, which is why it’s an ingredient in the Stamina and Power Boosters. Yummy and Good For You! So, now you know! Our Bone Broth Boosters have tons of great, natural ingredients in them. You already knew they tasted yummy, but now you know why. And, you have a little better understanding of why they make you feel so great, too! Grab your favorite today!