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Discovering the Nootropic Benefits of Mushrooms

In modern research, it has been suggested that the West has been far behind Asia and the Middle East in uncovering the value of previously neglected natural ingredients such as fungi. In recent years, the power of mushrooms has been unlocked by more targeted research on the myriad benefits that they potentially have on the human body. Puresport has included a variety of mushrooms in its Boost, Clarity, and Unwind nootropics range, and has also released its Mind + Body Mushroom Blend that contains six mushrooms: Lion’s mane, chaga, shiitake, reishi, maitake, and cordyceps. Later, this article will explain how revolutionary this mushrooms complex is and will explore how potent a force mushrooms will be in the world of wellness.  

What are Mushrooms?

Medicinal mushrooms have been a staple of Oriental and African medicine for as long as humans have recorded history; these natural ingredients were utilized in Ancient Egypt by pharaohs and were administered to the emperors of Han dynasty China. It was no secret that past apothecaries and physicians believed wholeheartedly in the potential power of mushrooms to engender serious benefits upon ailing bodies and fatigued minds.

However, despite this past interest, mushrooms have been relatively neglected in modern medicine. Following the advent of big pharmaceutical companies and synthetic drug manufacturers there has been a gradual movement away from natural wellness products which seek to use organic ingredients. The power of mushrooms and the array of potential positive effects they may provide for the body have therefore gone unnoticed in contemporary medicine.

Since mushrooms are grown in a very competitive ecological environment, they need to stave off not only rival fungi and plants but also a plethora of bacteria and viruses. As a result, this means that mushrooms may have evolved to possess a variety of antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Mushrooms also are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre, meaning that they may be helpful in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. Furthermore, they could potentially lower the risk of colorectal cancer, although there is no evidence to substantiate this yet.

Types of Nootropic Mushrooms:

Cordyceps:

Cordyceps are thought to increase the body’s function of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to muscles. Cordyceps mushrooms are considered a stimulating adaptogen, meaning it is more energizing compared to other adaptogens that are more neutral, calming, or restorative. Shiitake mushrooms are suggested to contain high levels of vitamin B2, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, vitamin B3, and folate (B9), all of which are claimed to optimize regular body’s functions.

Shiitake:

Shiitake is another popular nootropic mushroom that supposedly harbours a variety of fantastic benefits. Similar to antioxidants such as phenolic compounds, diterpenoids, vitamin C, vitamin A, gallic acid, and others, shiitake mushrooms may be able to significantly cut down oxidative stress throughout the body. These active compounds are thought by many to seek out and neutralize free radicals before they can cause chronic disease, premature aging, and cognitive problems.

Reishi:

Reishi may be able to boost memory and recall, especially as cognitive function declines due to age; reishi is suggested to increase mitochondrial production. The mitochondria are the energy source of the cell, and increasing their capacity could have widespread effects on the brain function.

Nootropics Benefits of Mushrooms

Here at Puresport we use a variety of mushrooms in our Boost, Clarity, and Unwind range, as they may work synergistically with our other natural ingredients to potentially assist users in improving their focus and general mood. Nootropics have recently become an area of great intrigue and sustained research in the world of wellness. These substances may act as “brain supplements” that seek to improve cognitive function and cerebral processing.

Below are some examples of our nootropic mushrooms.

Lion’s Mane:

Lion’s man is associated with potentially reinforcing neural connections and regenerating brain cells. Resultantly, the mushroom may be proven to be effective in aiding memory retention and general cognitive function; it contains both hericenones and erinacines which are two naturally-occurring compounds that supposedly support the maintenance of healthy brain cells. It also potentially helps mitigate the effect of diabetes and lowers blood sugar by blocking the activity of the enzyme alpha-glucosidase, which breaks down carbs in the small intestine. When this enzyme is blocked, the body is unable to digest and absorb carbohydrates as effectively, which results in lower blood sugar levels.

Chaga:

Chaga is another constituent of our Boost oil and capsules. It may be able to clear out toxins and free radicals from the body before they damage healthy cells. One study found that a compound in chaga prevented some of the damage of a neurotoxin known to cause Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore, chaga’s role in regulating cytokine production may also help control inflammation. This potentially points to a role for chaga in fighting autoimmune conditions and potentially some other diseases. Interestingly chaga has been labelled by a few researchers as a “the king of mushrooms”. Lastly, this mushroom nootropic could contain antioxidants that may reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which contributes to heart disease.

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Puresport’s Mushrooms Nootropics

Our latest product is the revolutionary and innovative Mind + Body Mushroom Complex, which contains six fantastic nootropic mushrooms in a balanced mixture. This is a powerful, invigorating, and stimulating blend of six mushrooms that seeks to enhance focus and also potentially aid in relieving stress and anxiety. We believe that there are a multiple benefits associated with this incredibly versatile product. It will focus on allowing users’ bodies to react positively to stress and to mitigate the effects of inflammation.

Click here to read more about our Mind + Body Mushroom Complex.