Fungus fever is spreading, and we’re SO down for it! In that spirit, we’re filling you in on the many wellness benefits of mushrooms, some of the most effective adaptogens on the scene. These days, people are really digging them since they’re low in calories, carbs, fat, and sodium; but beyond that, mushrooms have some incredible wellness properties that uplift and revive.
Get ready for some Calilearning on the history and benefits of our fave species – reishi and cordyceps – along with some honorable mentions, like lion’s mane, chaga and shiitake.
The History of Mushrooms
First off, did you know there are over 2,000 species of mushrooms?! Talk about options! To that end, mushrooms aren’t a new trend. They’ve been around for AGES, popular among many cultures! Let’s do a little #throwback, babes.
The ancient Greeks believed mushrooms provided strength for warriors in battle, while the Romans considered them “food of the Gods”. Asian culture has especially treasured shrooms as the ultimate herbal medicine, or “elixir of life”, going back centuries. From China to Japan, people have always loved the flavor (same!) and detoxification effects on the body; mushrooms are believed to cleanse the liver and kidneys, treat wounds and seriously supercharge your immune system. They’re also used to increase brain power, balance hormones and relieve digestive issues. Traditionally, mushrooms are used in tea, eaten dry or cooked.
All to say, fungi have been all the rage since the beginning of human civilization and they’re here to stay! Since we’re fangirls, here’s a round-up of our go-to mushrooms, which happen to go perfectly with chocolate.
Reishi Mushrooms Fight Infection
Also known as “Ganoderma lucidum”, reishi mushrooms are found in hot and humid regions in Asia. They look unbelievably whimsical! Reishis are kidney or fan-shaped with a distinctive reddish-orange color and a lacquered finish. The underside is often white with teensy pin prick-like dots. Alice in Wonderland vibes all the way.
So what’s all the hype about? Well, the most important effect reishi mushrooms have on your body is that they can improve your immune system by a mile! Studies show their antioxidant properties affect the genes in white blood cells, which are vital to your immune system since they fight infection. In other words, consuming reishi mushrooms can strengthen your body’s resistance to fend off outsiders that try to mess with it…get lost, COVID-19!
If you’re game to try these earthy and slightly bitter mushrooms, we suggest stocking up on our immunity-boosting Uplift CBD truffles from the Calivolve Renew collection. They’re formulated with reishi and chili lime pepitas to help your body find its groove. You can also make tea with dry reishi, pop in capsules or eat them au naturel.
Cordyceps Mushrooms Boost Your Energy
In case you missed it, we recently weighed in on the laundry list of benefits of cordyceps. They really pack a punch! Here’s the 411.
Also known as “caterpillar fungus”, these intriguing mushrooms are basically the result of parasitic fungi that grow on the larvae of insects. When the fungi attack, they produce long, slender stems. Looking past their eccentric appearance, cordyceps are actually super delicious. If you like deep, earthy, nutty flavors and savory umami, these shrooms are totally for you.
Here comes the cool part! Cordyceps are incredibly stimulating and boost your energy levels. They improve endurance and stamina, also elevating your metabolism, so that you get the most out of your exercise sesh. What’s more, cordyceps are great for your heart health. They’ve even been approved in China to treat irregular heartbeat.
We recommend blending some cordyceps into your morning protein smoothie, or going Calivolve-style with our Revive CBD truffle from the Reflect collection! These sublimely sumptuous chocolates are crafted with cordyceps, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and quinoa to bolster your metabolism and energy. Hella yummy.
More Mushrooms With Benefits: Lion’s Mane, Chaga and Shiitake
While reishi and cordyceps are our favorites, we also love lion’s mane, chaga and shiitake. You’ll definitely want to try them too!
Lion’s mane mushrooms are large, white, shaggy and literally look like a lion’s mane as they grow. They’re chock full of bioactive substances that benefit your wellbeing, mainly targeting your brain, heart and gut. They protect against dementia, heart disease and stomach ulcers.
Chaga, on the other hand, looks more like a dark clump of dirt than a cute mushroom. But whatevs, it’s so good for you! This particular fungus is loaded with nutrients like amino acids, iron, calcium and fiber. As an antioxidant, it’s also known to slow down the aging process; oxidative stress causes wrinkles, sagging skin, and gray hair, so chaga can be a big help.
Then there’s shiitake, the most popular edible mushroom in the world! Large, meaty and dark brown with umbrella-like caps, shiitake is so delish in dishes like risotto. When it comes to health benefits, the anti-inflammatory properties of shiitake mushrooms improve your immune system, much like reishi. They also support heart health by blocking the production of cholesterol in your liver.
Mushrooms and Chocolate
There you have it, trufflettes! If you’re looking to make your wellness rituals really extra, look no further than fungus. Calivolve Uplift and Revive truffles bring the best of reishi, cordyceps and CBD for total body wellness. Health living has never been tastier, nom nom nom.
Explore our full collection of infused, nutrient-dense chocolate gems right over here.