Immersed in Immune Benefits
Mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years because of their many functional superfood benefits, specifically for the immune system. In fact, in many cultures, your plate isn’t considered complete without mushrooms.
Mushrooms contain two important, immune-boosting compounds: beta-glucans and prebiotics.
Beta-glucans help activate and potentiate the immune system. Sandra described them as a “key in a lock” — activating your immune system to be battle-ready. All mushrooms contain these important molecules.
The power of prebiotics
In addition to beta-glucans, mushrooms act as a prebiotic, or food for probiotics. With new studies emerging on the connection between gut health and brain health, probiotics play a crucial role in overall wellness.
Get the Most Out of Mushrooms
In order to get the best results, it’s important to follow a routine with mushroom products, whether taking capsules, powders or broths. Steve recommends doubling up the recommended dose for the first few weeks to accelerate the benefits. Sandra incorporates them into smoothies, and Steve drinks Lion’s Mane in his coffee and Energy sticks in the afternoon.
“I think what’s most important is that you develop a ritual, because these are products that are meant to work in harmony with your own body. And they’re really meant to be taken on a daily basis.”Sandra Carter - Om Co-Founder
There are several myths and misconceptions surrounding mushrooms. We are here to clear that up and help you to understand the benefits of mushrooms as a functional superfood.
Myth 1: Mushrooms Are Dangerous
Mushrooms have safely been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years for their healing properties. There are hundreds of species of mushrooms, and while it’s true that some mushrooms are poisonous or have psychotropic properties, that’s not the case for all of them.
Myth 2: Mushrooms Only
“Super” Power is Culinary
Mushrooms are a functional superfood with many proven health benefits. There are many mushroom varieties, each with their own unique benefits ranging from immune support to cognitive health.
Myth 3: Mushroom
Products Taste Bad
Mushrooms do have an earthy taste, but no two species are exactly the same. Om develops its products to blend into your daily routine, whether that means flavorless capsules, powders to mix into food and drinks, a delicious flavored drink or a savory broth.