Mushrooms have been used all around the world for centuries for their powerful healing properties and nutritional benefits, but we can also utilize mushrooms for their powerful effects in restoring hormonal balance and regulating different systems of the body!
You often hear mushrooms used synonymously with the word adaptogens; herbs, roots, plants, and fungi that help our bodies adapt to stress and achieve balance. This means they combat whatever stressors, toxins, and endocrine disruptors are present when consumed, which ultimately helps our hormone levels find equilibrium.
So which medicinal mushrooms can help us stabilize our hormones?
Reishi has been found to reduce levels 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that facilitates conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is especially relevant for women dealing with symptoms of PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome), a common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age, as they are typically suffering from excess androgen. Reishi also aids in removing harmful and synthetic toxins from our livers, which is relevant for women with PCOS who are typically at much higher risk (2-3 times as likely) for liver disease.
We tend to brag a lot about about Lion's Mane and how it has been proven to help improve anxiety and depression, gut-health, focus, immunity, cognitive function etc. etc.. But we don't often mention how it helps insulin sensitivity, maintaining blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Those who struggle with diabetes know unstable insulin levels can lead to heart and blood vessel disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, and eye problems.
Cordyceps has been shown to help balance hormones like estrogen and progesterone, while supporting your adrenal glands. By regulating your adrenal gland, this can improve your sleep, regular your weight, and maintain a healthy immune system over time. This mushroom also helps keep blood sugar stable and boost energy levels.
So there you have it. Yet another reason to incorporate these healing specimens into your daily routine. New to mushrooms and don't know where to start? Our 8-Mushroom Superfood mix has all three of these hormonal regulators in it, plus five other incredible fungi that will kick-start your adaptogen game and help you with all-around wellness.