The use of medicinal mushrooms in athletes
mushrooms for athletes and their benefits
Mushrooms are foods of a particular kind, which can be particularly nutritious. Some of them also have interesting medicinal virtues for athletes of all levels. Today we draw up a non-exhaustive list of medicinal mushrooms appreciated by athletes for their characteristics and benefits.
Reishi or ganoderma
Reishi is a mushroom with multiple names: ganoderma, Reishi ganoderma, ganoderma lucidum... Relatively unknown in the West, it is very popular in Asia and especially in China and Japan. For nearly four thousand years, traditional Asian medicines have used it for its invigorating actions, but not only. You should know that this fungus is very rich in proteins, as well as active ingredients such as ganoderic acids, glycoproteins or arabinoxylan.
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What interests for athletes?
In addition to its considerable anti-cancer properties, Reishi is a tonic mushroom that helps fight against all forms of fatigue, including physical fatigue. Reishi brings us energy and supports recovery after significant physical exertion.
On the other hand, it strengthens the body and its natural defenses, makes it more resistant and enduring. We also know that this fungus preserves cardiovascular health, which is a real asset in sports practice. It reduces blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels in the body. In addition, it protects our heart from various cardiac pathologies. Finally, Reishi ganoderma is useful for treating inflammation, especially when it is related to arthritis. As a toning mushroom, it is beneficial for athletes in search of performance.
Cordyceps (cordyceps sinensis) is a medicinal mushroom that is highly prized in China and the rest of the Asian continent. Its invigorating abilities have been in demand for thousands of years. Rich in various vitamins (E, K, B1, B2 and B12), it also contains a significant part of proteins and mineral salts, of which magnesium, iron, calcium and copper are part. With this information alone, we quickly understand why it is beneficial for athletes. But what are his other interests?
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Cordyceps in sport
Cordyceps is a fungus that is commonly used to stimulate the body and increase physical energy. It is, as such, an excellent libido booster. It has other medicinal interests such as respiratory diseases (bronchitis, asthma). In the context of sport, asthma can be a real handicap for athletes. Cordyceps helps to reduce symptoms and therefore prevent seizures.
In addition, this fungus can also boost immunity, increase resistance to stress, improve mental and physical performance, and provide energy. This fungus offers better physical resistance in athletes, and allows better sports performance. Finally, it helps reduce cholesterol levels and regulates excessive blood pressure! Go here if you want to know more about Cordyceps and its different properties.
Medicinal mushrooms: maitake
Also known as the "vitality mushroom", maitake is highly prized in Japan and the rest of Asia for its health benefits. It helps strengthen the body's immune defenses and regulate blood pressure. This fungus is an ideal prevention solution against cardiovascular disorders. You should know that it contains 22% protein, lipids, various vitamins (C, D, B1, B2, B3 and B6) as well as folic acid. It is also rich in minerals: iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, potassium...
What interests in sport?
Maitake is a mushroom adapted to the lifestyle of athletes because of its adaptogenic properties. Indeed, it makes it possible to fight effectively against all forms of stress affecting the body (physical stress, oxidative stress, etc.). This fungus allows the body to better resist stress in all its forms.
On the other hand, maitake on the other hand promotes weight loss and is a great support for people with diabetes: it has hypoglycemic virtues. Finally, maitake is a fungus to be preferred against high blood pressure. Do not hesitate to consume it more often or to make regular cures (food supplement) to support your body in its sports practice. In addition, this fungus has the advantage of having no contraindications. Of course, medical advice is always recommended.
The shiitake mushroom is certainly one of the most recognized in the world, and it owes its notoriety to its exceptional nutritional composition. It bears the nicknames of mushroom "bearer of life", "elixir of life" or "mushroom of the samurai". Extremely rich in copper, it also contains vitamins (including A, B5 and C), carbohydrates, manganese and powerful natural antioxidants.
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Shiitake and sports performance
Shiitake has health benefits in many areas: cancer treatment, liver protection, etc. It is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, which has its place in the lifestyle habits of the athlete. Indeed, shiitake is able to fight inflammations of all kinds with great efficiency. On the other hand, it has polysaccharides and antioxidants that are beneficial to those who consume them.
This fungus also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties to resist many diseases and conditions. Its potential is considerable. There are some contraindications to its use, such as pregnancy and lactation, but also some treatments (anticoagulants). Do not hesitate to seek medical advice before performing shiitake or any other mushroom cures. Because to enjoy their benefits, it is necessary to have a correct use.
Also called "hairy coprin", Coprinus conatus is a fungus recognized in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in the West, especially for its effects against diabetes. And even if its notoriety is spreading, it is not yet up to its properties.
What interests for athletes?
Coprinus conatus can be helpful in promoting weight loss and maintaining weight in shape. It is very low in calories and yet, rich in nutrients. It can very well accompany healthy people and people with diabetes to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way. These properties are related to the vanadium content of coprin. This fungus participates in the regulation of blood glucose levels and can be a great ally in the treatment of diabetes. But also for a healthier diet.
Agaricus blazei has only been known for a few decades in Europe and the rest of the West. Yet traditional Chinese medicine has been using it for centuries. It contains many active substances, polysaccharides, terpenes, and a few other active ingredients. There is also a large source of protein (38%) and carbohydrates (40%), as well as mineral salts and trace elements (magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, copper, zinc) and vitamins.
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Agaricus blazei and sport
This Asian medicinal mushroom is able to improve the immune response and therefore, stimulate the natural defenses. It is effective against bacteria, viruses... This is a powerful immunostimulant, whose field of action is very wide. But here, it is its anti-inflammatory properties that are of particular interest to us. Indeed, Agaricus blazei contains terpenes with considerable anti-inflammatory properties. It can relieve allergies, but also promote the elimination of pollutants and toxins from our body. Indeed, Agaricus blazei is antioxidant and rich in essential nutrients in the practice of sport, like magnesium.
Other medicinal mushrooms for athletes
What are the other medicinal mushrooms for athletes to favor?
Otherwise known as "the turkey tail", Coriolus versicolor is a very little known medicinal mushroom, unlike cordyceps or Reishi. Still, it deserves our attention because of its amazing properties. It contains polysaccharides from complex sugars, which are the main culprits of its benefits. This fungus is mainly illustrated in terms of immunity. It stimulates the immune system, strengthens the body and helps it fight against forms of stress.
The Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is very popular in Asia and has many nicknames. It is also revered for its medicinal properties and is part of mycotherapy (or mushroom medicine). He is particularly famous in the fight against cancer, the reinforcement of immunity and digestive comfort. But it is for its exceptional nutrient content that it interests us today. Indeed, it contains powerful antioxidants, which fight against excess free radicals. The fungus promotes longevity and helps fight cellular aging. It also contains many vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, D and K, minerals (phosphorus, manganese, potassium, magnesium) as well as phenols, enzymes and beta-glucans. So many essential nutrients for iron health, healthy cells and maintaining a good metabolism.
Also known as "lion's mane",Yamabushitake is an exceptional medicinal mushroom. The benefits of this fungus are numerous, and it is often used as part of traditional Chinese medicine. Yamabushitake improves cognitive abilities and positively influences blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In addition, this fungus strengthens the body's natural defenses and helps fight against premature aging of cells.
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Polypores as medicinal mushrooms
To finish this list of medicinal mushrooms useful for athletes, we will talk about polypores. They are among the best medicinal mushrooms, due to their effects on the lymphatic system. There are several dozen species, which can be used against water retention and edema. They are beneficial for general health, but also for relieving swollen joints, which are common in the context of sports.