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How combining different species of mushrooms can amplify their benefits

Mushrooms, in their individual forms, offer a vast array of health benefits. However when certain species are combined their potential effects can multiply creating unique synergies. In this article, we explore these potent pairings and the amplified benefits they bring.

Tremella and Chaga: The secret to plump glowy skin

Tremella, often referred to as the snow mushroom, boasts a myriad of skin-loving qualities. With its gelatinous and plump appearance, it's no wonder this mushroom has been adored for its moisturising capabilities. Tremella is packed with polysaccharides, ensuring skin remains hydrated and retains its elasticity.
Chaga, on the other hand, is the silent sentinel of the forest, keeping a watchful eye from the birch trees. This blackened, charred-looking growth is a powerhouse of antioxidants, particularly superoxide dismutase (SOD). When paired with Tremella, Chaga's antioxidants act as a protective shield against free radicals, maintaining skin’s youthful radiance.

Lion's Mane and Cordyceps: Boosted focus and energy

Lion’s Mane is one of the most well-known functional mushrooms in the western world. This mushroom is a friend to our neurons, supporting cognitive function and clarity. Two of its notable active ingredients, hericenones and erinacines, are believed to promote nerve growth factor synthesis, enhancing brain health.
Now, introduce Cordyceps into the mix. A master of adaptation and energy, this mushroom is renowned for its ability to optimize oxygen uptake and boost adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. Together with Lion's Mane, this blend offers the brain both the fuel and support it needs for razor-sharp focus and sustained energy throughout the day. We recommend taking this combination first thing in the morning with your breakfast.

Turkey Tail and Maitake: Defence and Immunity

Turkey Tail is very high in a type of fibre called Beta-Glucans. These work through the gut to modulate and support the immune response. Apart from being rich in Beta-Glucans, which work through the gut to modulate and support the immune response, Turkey Tail has a rich history of use in traditional medicine. Its active compounds, including flavonoids and phenols, contribute to its antioxidant properties, which are crucial in combating oxidative stress. Furthermore, studies have pointed towards its potential role in supporting gut health, enhancing the diversity of gut flora, and potentially playing a part in gut-immune system communication.

Maitake, aptly named the ‘dancing mushroom’, complements Turkey Tail's benefits. Rich in D-fraction, a unique beta-glucan, Maitake is believed to stimulate white blood cells, our body's frontline defenders. This pairing ensures your immune system defences are prepared for any challenges throughout the year but especially in the flu season.

Maitake and Chaga: Blood sugar balancing

While we’ve sung praises of Maitake for immunity, its spectrum of benefits doesn’t end there. Maitake has an active compound called SX-fraction that's been associated with supporting balanced blood sugar levels.
Chaga mushroom may also help reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin resistance. Several studies show the potential — as much as a 31% decrease in blood sugar levels — but more research, especially on humans, is also needed. The synergy between Chaga and Maitake allows a holistic approach to maintaining optimal blood sugar levels, keeping you energised and balanced.

Functional mushrooms offer a plethora of benefits and can be even more potent when combined with each other. By understanding these synergies, we can make informed choices and harness the power of nature to enhance our well-being. At Evolution Botanicals, we're committed to bringing you quality functional mushrooms that you can trust!

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