With all the hype around microdosing psychedelics, many people tend to confuse functional, nootropics, and adaptogenic mushrooms in the mix. However, these legal, medicinal mushrooms have a hype story that’s entirely their own!
Nootropics, or “smart drugs”, cover a wide spectrum of stimulants that boost creativity, mental clarity, and energy. Of course, with great power comes … mild side effects.
So, are they dangerous? I mean, they’re drugs right?
The funny thing about “drugs” is that they tend to get generalized. One particular nootropic, called 1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine, is depended upon by the vast majority of us for its abilities to boost energy, clarity, alertness, and memory despite anxiety-inducing side effects.
Alarmed? While too much of anything can have negative effects, 1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine (AKA caffeine), as well as several nootropic mushrooms, contain incredible cognitive benefits and pose low-to-no risk.
Adaptogens are plants and herbs containing naturally occurring stimulants that help regulate molecules involved in stress response, effectively combating the effects of stress, such as sleeplessness and agitation. Adaptogens help our bodies and minds adapt between instances of stress (tension, activeness, etc.) and exhaustion by extending that middle ground in order to sustain energy and concentration.
Since nootropics and adaptogens aren’t acknowledged by many regulating bodies around the world, it’s no wonder there’s so much confusion around them. Depending on where you live, nootropics and adaptogens could be prescribed or easily accessible over the counter/internet. Luckily, some functional mushrooms double as safe nootropics, adaptogens, or both.
Mushrooms absorb nutrients from decaying matter in their environments, giving them unique combinations of benefits that we can’t get from plants. But what singles functional mushrooms out from the average cremini or portobello are their exceptional benefits to overall health and well-being.
Within the cycle of health trends, the newest energy hack or superfood frenzy booms its way into market and eventually fizzles out from the mainstream. Hello yams, quinoa, avocados, and nutraceuticals?
Functional mushrooms are one superfood that never fizzles. They’ve been relied on by cultures for millennia, with benefits that people seek in dietary supplements and specialty health products.
So, just how functional are these fungi? Can they cut my grass? Can they solve for x? Are they magic mushrooms that are going to get me high?
Nope. “Functional” points to health benefits beyond nutrition. These mushrooms help reduce stress, improve productivity, sharpen cognitive function, boost energy, and more.
They’re not hallucinogenic as they don’t contain psilocybin (the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms), but that’s not to say their benefits aren’t magical. Like most magical things, functional mushrooms have been tricky to access unless you live in the middle of certain forests. That is, until now!
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While there are hundreds of thousands of mushroom species around the world, only a few constitute functional mushrooms! There’s Maitake, Oyster, Chaga, Cordyceps, Enoki, Shiitake, and, of course, our personal favourites: Lion’s Mane, Reishi, and Turkey Tail.
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceu) is a beautifully fuzzy nootropic mushroom known for its ability to strengthen the immune system, improve gut health, and improve cognitive functions like focus, memory, and neuroregeneration. Lion’s Mane has been used by Asian cultures for centuries as both food and medicine, and is now a favorite in the optimizer community. It’s gained attention in the scientific community for its potential in preventing memory impairment.
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Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), also known as lingzhi, is a nootropic and adaptogenic mushroom known for its energy boosting properties. Although wild Reishi is extremely rare, they’ve been located on trees in forests in Asia, Europe, South America, and the US. We’re able to sustainably grow organic, nutritious Reishi mushrooms using oats and grain.
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Reishi mushrooms contain powerful compounds that help balance the immune system, manage blood pressure, fight allergies, and regulate mood. These benefits can influence a healthier sleep schedule, effectively reducing fatigue and stress, and boosting energy to fuel day-to-day activities.
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), known as kawaritake, or “cloud mushroom”, is the most researched functional mushroom on the planet. It’s an adaptogenic mushroom containing powerful natural properties and antioxidants that support immune function, improve gut health, and manage inflammatory response. Turkey Tail has been used to combat tumor growth and support cancer recovery, while offering immune benefits to everyone.
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MINDCURE is here to advance the revolution of both physical and mental health care, arming individuals with knowledge and products that adapt and advance their well-being, productivity, and potential.