Adaptogenic Antioxidant Smoothie with Medicinal Mushrooms
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Adaptogenic Antioxidant Smoothie with Medicinal Mushrooms

The food we put in our bodies greatly impacts our health and well-being. A plant-based diet, for example, has the ability to help prevent and heal disease. A particular group of herbs, known as adaptogens, work to assist our bodies cope with physical and mental stressors. A simple way to incorporate adaptogens in our diets is to add them to smoothies. Let’s take a look at the scientific evidence backing the use of the adaptogens featured in this berry smoothie.

Adaptogenic Antioxidant Smoothie with Medicinal Mushrooms

Maca

A member of the broccoli family, maca root has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac around the world. Studies have indicated that maca has a notable effect on enhancing libido and treating sexual dysfunction in women and men. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and balance reproductive hormones in postmenopausal women. Maca may also increase overall well-being

Ashwagandha

Also known as Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is a powerful herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. The strongest evidence existing on this root shows it can have notable stress-reducing and anti-anxiety effects. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that ashwagandha supplementation reduced cortisol levels and improved self-reported quality of life after 60 days of use in 64 adults who had a history of chronic stress. Another smaller study in adults with generalized anxiety disorder found that 6 weeks of ashwagandha supplementation significantly decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Medicinal Mushrooms

The reported benefits of mushrooms are vast. The effects vary depending on the mushroom but they all share immune boosting properties and are great sources of antioxidants.

Chaga: anti-inflammatory, protects the liver, decreases cholesterol and blood pressure 

Cordyceps: energizing, anti-anxiety, decrease insulin resistance and blood sugar levels, supports proper liver functioning

Coriolis: fights tumor growth, aids digestion, may treat oral HPV

Lions Mane: improves concentration, reduces anxiety and depression, may help treat nerve damage

Maitake: anti-inflammatory, may decrease blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol

Reishi: cancer-fighter, may support heart health, promote cognitive function

Shiitake: lower cholesterol, antibacterial, anti-tumor

Adaptogenic Antioxidant Smoothie with Medicinal Mushrooms

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp maca (gelatinized)
  • 1 tsp mushrooms (medicinal 7)
  • 1 tsp ashwagandha root powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Thanks to Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health for sponsoring this post. Check out their website and extensive herbal dispensary at their storefront in Vancouver, BC.

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Hi health-seekers and welcome! A bit about me: I'm a plant-based blogger, fitness lover, feminist, and full-time doctoral student living in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. As a research scientist, I study the effects of lifestyle (nutrition, exercise and mental health) on PCOS and women's reproductive health.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you!
    This is most interesting (and very beautiful!). I have questions concerning the mushrooms and delivery.
    Are some mushrooms better than others and are the appropriate ones readily available in stores?
    Do you have an alternate method for someone who doesn’t like smoothies?
    Many thanks,
    Athena
    PS I recently read that white mushrooms are a significant protective agent against breast cancer.

  2. Your post is very interesting. I don’t know much about medicinal mushrooms. I know chaga and maca but not the others you talked about. Do they taste something?

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