A Gut Feeling: How Functional Mushrooms Can Improve Your Digestive Health

A Gut Feeling: How Functional Mushrooms Can Improve Your Digestive Health

 One of the developments in natural health research I find most exciting is the growing interest in how functional mushrooms can have incredible health benefits, particularly when it comes to gut health.

A healthy gut seems to play a role in most systems in the body; the immune system, regulating metabolism and regulating neurotransmitters that affect mood and cognitive function. When the gut is not functioning properly, it can lead to a range of health issues, from autoimmune disorders to mental health problems. 

I hope to inspire you to learn more about how mushrooms can help support a healthy, happy gut!

5 benefits of mushrooms for gut health

1. Rich in prebiotics: Functional mushroom supplements contain prebiotic fibres that promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. 

2. Anti-inflammatory properties: Reishi and Chaga have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce inflammation in the gut (1).

3. Boost the immune system: Our mushroom blends contain beta-glucans. They have been shown to play a key role in promoting a healthy immune system by stimulating immune cells in the gut (2).

4. Reduce gut permeability: Functional mushrooms can help to reduce gut permeability; the ability of substances to pass through the gut wall and enter the bloodstream. When the gut is too permeable, it can lead to inflammation and other health problems (3).

5. Improve digestion: Lion's Mane has been shown to improve digestion by increasing the production of digestive enzymes. This can help to break down food more effectively, leading to better nutrient absorption and less digestive discomfort (4).

1. Anti-inflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties of Fungal Metabolites

2. Beta-Glucans from Fungi: Biological and Health-Promoting Potential in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era

3. Leaky Gut and the Ingredients That Help Treat It: A Review. Ricardo Santos Aleman, Marvin Moncada and Kayanush J. Aryana

4. Gastroprotective Effects of Lion's Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats

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