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H E A LT H F O O D S

Magic
mushrooms

'Shrooms may lack the mystique of the
usual superfood trends, but forget familiar
fungi, this 2.0 is worth the hype

health food boxes: high protein,
low carb, low calorie, zero
cholesterol, zero fat and packed
with vitamins, minerals, probiotics
and antioxidants. Here are the

mushrooms were considered to
bring immortality and as a result,
them. They've been used to
promote health for thousands of

From the humble button to the
matsutake, mushrooms tick all the

In ancient Egyptian times,

only royalty was allowed to touch

TAKE YOUR PICK
thousand-dollar-per-pound

TO THE PAST

MORE L IKE US

Mushrooms
aren't a fruit or a
vegetable. Their
DNA is more
similar to humans
than plants.

years, and even featured in more
than half of the 20 most profitable
medicinal products used at the
beginning of the 21st century,
including two statins and penicillin,
according to research by the
University of Sydney.

species you need to know about:
Reishi: Has anti-ageing and
anti-cancer properties owing to
high levels of antioxidants and
polysaccharides, as reported
in the journal Mediators
of Inflammation.
Chaga: For boosting the
immune system and
reducing inflammation.
Lion's Mane: Supports brain
function by helping in the
production of nerve growth
factor, which can improve mild
cognitive impairment, according
to research published in the
Journal of Medicinal Food.
Cordyceps: Improves physical
stamina by boosting oxygen uptake

THE TASTE
FACTOR

and lowering heart rate. It also

Mushrooms belong to

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balances blood sugar levels. Plus

the fungi family. Along

it's said to enhance libido.

POWERFUL PROPERTIES

with spinach and ripe

Maitake: Contains beta-glucans,

In contrast to culinary species, mushrooms' health-giving

tomatoes, they're one

which show benefits in the

properties need to be extracted through special processes,

of relatively few food

treatment of diabetes and

such as boiling in hot water or soaking in alcohol. Proving rapidly

sources of the fifth

associated heart disease, and

popular in green cafés is the mushroom latte, which fans claim

taste - not sweet,

promotes wound healing,

can boost energy and productivity, while reducing stomach issues,

salty, bitter or sour,

according to Vascular Health

adrenal fatigue and anxiety usually associated with caffeine.

but umami.

and Risk Management journal.

THR EE O F THE BE ST
1. Four Sigma Foods
Mushroom Coffee
With Lion's Mane
and Chaga, £10.99
(10 sachets),
Planet Organic
A superblend coffee to
give you a health kick.

2. Pukka Mushroom
Gold, £21.95 (60
capsules), Holland
and Barrett
Organic blend with
seaweed, spirulina and
ginger - an easy way
to get your daily intake.

3. Organic raw
'chocolate' bar with
Lion's mane extract
£32.99 (box of 12),
Nutri-Fungi
Delicious mushroom
bar with 4 grams
Lion's Mane extract.

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