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.
Important: Some people should take caution when using herbs, such as maca, ashwagandha, and medicinal mushrooms, so always confirm with your healthcare provider first.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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5 thoughts on “Adaptogenic Antioxidant Smoothie with Medicinal Mushrooms”
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?
PS I recently read that white mushrooms are a significant protective agent against breast cancer.
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?
Great info about mushrooms, my dad grow mushrooms in our backyard shittake, rishi, button, ganodarma etc, i forgot others name. So i am a fan of mushroom recipes that leads me here. We take everyday as like vegetables or even make fried recipe. Didn’t try before smoothies or shake, Love the idea of mushroom smoothies. I am gonna try it very soon, Thanks again, keep it up.
How amazing to have access to those powerful mushrooms! Plants truly are medicine. Best, Dylan
Hello dear, I really like your post.I love mushrooms and its recipes.And you gave me an amazing ideas and lots of tips.I really gonna try it.Thank you so much.
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