Trending Now | Mushroom Tonic
Trending Now | Mushroom Tonic
This year is the year of health drink trends (cue bulletproof coffee, turmeric smoothies and beauty water) so of course it wouldn’t seem peculiar for a mushroom tonic to be the next drink on everybody’s sip list.
Medicinal mushrooms – not the hallucinogenic kind – have been used for centuries by Eastern medicine healers in Russia, China and India to heal various illnesses. While western countries have only recently picked up on the versatile nature and healing properties of mushrooms, many cafés have been quick to adapt to the wellness trend, adding them to juices and smoothies. Typically ingested in tea or powder form, mushroom tonic is being increasingly more available in dried, liquid extract and capsule form. For those of you who are sceptical, know that mushrooms used in health drinks are powders, and virtually tasteless.
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Types of Mushrooms & Benefits:
Many different types of mushrooms are used in creating tonics, each type providing a range of health benefits. Scientifically researched and proven to aid bodily function, fight disease and enhance physical appearance, you’ll be amazed at the many ways each mushroom can transform your body.
The most popular forms of mushrooms used include:
Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum) – Is the most commonly used and well researched medicinal mushroom. Reishi is known for having anti-anxiety and relaxing properties, improves cognitive function and memory, controls energy levels, supports digestion, and reduces insomnia and arthritis. Packed with healing powers, this mushroom can also enhance the immune system, protect against viral infections, treats hepatitis, kidney and liver disease, improve circulation, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
Shiitake – Shiitake may be a more familiar to you as it is often used in Asian cooking. Full of anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-enhancing properties, the Shiitake mushroom works as a natural preventative to fight off weakness and viral disease symptoms. Regulate your body, lower stress and improve blood pressure by adding Shiitake to your daily food and drink rituals.
Lion’s Mane – Boost your brain with Lion’s Mane. Add this mushroom blend to your tonic for when you’re having a mental block at work to improve your mental clarity and cognitive function. Boasting with natural antioxidants and immune enhancing properties, Lion’s Mane regulates your bodily functions (e.g. blood pressure & cholesterol) and helps to fight anxiety, depression, arthritis and various infections.
Cordyceps – Used by athletes to increase performance, cordyceps is an all-round body enhancer – it boosts your energy, stamina, strength, mental acuity, focus and mood. Like many others from the mushroom family, cordyceps also enhances the immune system, helps to fight numerous diseases, lower cholesterol, increase bloody circulation and treat respiratory problems. Look out! This guy can also act as an aphrodisiac and increase fertility.
Make your own mushroom latte at home with our recipe below!
1 cup unsweetened cashew or coconut milk
1 tbs mushroom powder (reishi, shiitake, lion’s mane, cordyceps)
½ tbs maca powder
¼ tbs cinnamon
1 heaped tbs cacao powder
2 tbs honey / maple syrup
1 tbs coconut oil or ghee
- Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and gently warm over medium heat until it comes to a simmer
- Transfer hot liquid into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 min, until foamy
- Pour into a mug and enjoy!