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What are Functional Mushrooms? - Arbor Vitamins

What are Functional Mushrooms?

Natural remedies and holistic health have seen functional mushrooms/myco emerge as one of the hot new wellness solutions, drawing the interest of those looking for alternative methods to boost wellness . But what are functional mushrooms/myco? Arbor Vitamins is exploring this fascinating world, looking into their origins, varieties and various health advantages!

Understanding Functional Mushrooms

What is functional myco? Functional myco are mycological mushrooms that have long been valued for their unique mycological properties as part of traditional medicine systems worldwide. While everyday mushrooms might provide flavourful meals and other health benefits, functional myco varieties boast medicinal value that makes them highly sought-after - often being called "functional mushrooms" due to the positive benefits they can bring towards overall well-being.


Historically, functional myco have long been an integral component of traditional healing practices like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. Generation after generation has passed along knowledge regarding these mushrooms' therapeutic applications - ultimately leading to widespread usage across numerous cultures worldwide.

Functional Myco Varieties Available:

Functional mushrooms/myco offer many health advantages; many varieties are well-known and extensively studied, such as those listed below:

  1. Chaga mushrooms for treating inflammation.
  2. Reishi mushroom for anti-inflammatory and stress management properties. 
  3. Lion's Mane mushroom for cognitive benefits.
  4. Cordyceps mushrooms increase endurance and energy

Functional Myco Can Improve Your Health in Many Ways

Myco or commonly referred to as medicinal or functional mushrooms have attracted wide praise for their impressive health benefits. Here are some of the benefits of functional myco:

1. Immune System Support

Reishi and Chaga mushrooms have long been celebrated for their immune-supportive qualities, offering regular consumption may lead to enhanced resistance against infections or illnesses. 

2. Adaptogenic Properties

Functional myco possess adaptogenic qualities which help the body adapt to stressors and keep itself balanced, offering physical, mental, and environmental stress management support while increasing resilience for overall well-being enhancement. 

3. Cognitive Enhancement

Compounds present within Lion's Mane Mushroom may stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF), encouraging cell health; as such, improved cognitive functions, memories and overall brain wellness could result from its use.

4. Antioxidant Action

Functional Myco contain many types of antioxidants such as polyphenols and triterpenoids which play a pivotal role in neutralising free radicals, decreasing stress levels and protecting cells against damage. 

5. Energy and Endurance

Cordyceps mushrooms have long been linked with increased energy and endurance benefits by helping our bodies use oxygen efficiently - making Cordyceps an attractive choice among athletes looking to enhance physical performance or anyone seeking increased resilience and physical toughness.

6. Anti-Inflammatory 

Studies on Chaga and Turkey Tail mushrooms have indicated their anti-inflammatory benefits could potentially aid with chronic conditions and diseases by decreasing inflammation within the body.

7. Digestive Health

Functional myco such as Shiitake and Maitake boast nutritional fibres, beta-glucans and other compounds which may support beneficial gut bacteria growth - leading to improved digestion while creating an ideal microbiome balance in the gut microbiome.

8. Stress Reliever

Reishi mushrooms possess adaptogenic properties which may help the body manage stress more effectively by controlling our response to stressful stimuli and inducing an overall sense of relaxation, thus contributing to enhanced mental well-being and increased resilience against stress.

Integrating Functional Myco Into Your Daily Routine

After understanding the benefits of functional Myco integrating them into your lifestyle can be both fulfilling and thrilling, offering multiple health advantages. From supplements, teas and culinary creations - to gourmet creations using these versatile fungi! 

  • Myco Mushroom Supplements: An effective and straightforward way of adding myco mushrooms into your routine is with our new supplement the MYCO Bundle from Arbor Vitamins which provide seven functional mushrooms between our Morning and Night blends.
  • Mushroom Teas and Elixirs: As many mushrooms are suitable in tea, making mushroom tea is really simple. Simply submerge the mushroom powder into hot water for several minutes until dissolved to enjoy its earthy flavours as you reap its healthful rewards.
  • Upgrade your cooking: For Stir-Fries and Soups, Use Shiitake or Maitake Mushrooms. They add both texture and flavour depth while providing nutritional benefits in these delicious meals. Add MYCO Morning powder to your morning smoothies for a nutrient-packed kick, mixing with fruit or vegetables to create an enjoyable drink that provides a healthful energy boost.

Also, check out our MYCO night supplements!

The Bottom Line

Functional mushrooms, with their long history and many health benefits, serve as a testament to traditional healing methods. Arbor Vitamins invites you to discover mycology and harness its incredible potential on a journey towards holistic well-being. Browse MYCO's fungi's power and let nature's gift restore vitality and wellness!

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