The amazing health benefits of mushrooms

24 February 2023 
By: Katrina Armstrong


Medicinal mushrooms

For thousands of years, the medicinal properties of mushrooms have been widely utilised by many traditional cultures for their profound effects on the mind and body. Yet we’ve barely heard of them in Australia. Set to become known as a 'superfood', they are extremely rich in polysaccharides – long and complex sugars that act swiftly and deeply on the immune system and adrenals.

Medicinal mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses with many health benefits including immune support, antioxidant properties, reduced inflammation, brain health, detoxification, skin nourishment, virus protection and gut health.

The following four medicinal mushrooms could be just what you need. 


Chaga for immunity and deep nutrition 

Chaga is said to have the highest antioxidant capacity of any functional mushroom and contains many bioactive compounds such as inotodiol and betulin. For good reason, it's known as the 'Diamond of the forest'! It can help with: 

  • Building strong immunity
  • Deeply nutritious
  • Cellular protection
  • Antioxidant and anti-aging properties

If you're after an easy way to incorporate the health benefits of Chaga into your lifestyle, try Life Cykel Chaga Mushroom extract



Shiitake for skin nourishment, radiant beauty and detoxification  

One of the most popular mushrooms in the world for both cooking and medicinal uses. Shiitake mushrooms have many essential vitamins and minerals, as well as bioactive compounds such as lentinan. The Shiitake mushroom is known as "the beauty mushroom" for skin health and radiance.  It can help with:

  • Nourishing your skin from the inside out
  • Detoxifying 
  • High in amino acids 
  • Antioxidant properties

If you're after an easy way to incorporate the health benefits of Shiitake into your lifestyle, try Life Cykel Shiitake Mushroom extract



Lions Mane for improved memory, focus and creativity

One of the most impressive mushrooms, Lion's Mane contains an abundance of bioactive compounds such as erinacines and hericerins. It also has a strong traditional reputation for strengthening the digestive system, supporting a robust gut lining and reducing gastrointestinal inflammation  It can help with: 

  • Mental focus and clarity 
  • Promoting good digestion 
  • Protecting against toxin

If you're after an easy way to incorporate the health benefits of Lions Mane into your lifestyle, try Life Cykel Lions Mane Mushroom extract



Turkey Tail for viruses, infections and gut health 

Turkey Tail mushrooms contain bioactive compounds such as polysaccharopeptide and polysaccharide krestin. Commonly used to treat infections of all types: viral, fungal, and bacterial, Turkey Tail has also been used to support a beneficially diverse gut microbiome. It can help with: 

  • Building strong immunity
  • Support gut health 
  • Fight infections and viruses 
  • Aid digestion 


If you're after an easy way to incorporate the health benefits of Turkey Tail into your lifestyle, try Life Cykel Turkey Tail Mushroom extract



Introducing Life Cykel Mushroom Extracts 

The most convenient way to incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your lifestyle is to use mushroom extracts. We thoroughly believe in the Life Cykel medicinal mushroom range of extracts that can be easily added to your coffee, smoothie, tea or water. 

I hope this helps you stay thankfully nourished


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