Mushrooms aren’t just a tasty vegetable and great meat replacement, they actually can work wonders on your health, inching into superfood territory.
We chatted with Plant People Co-founder Gabe Kennedy who created a mushroom-based vitamin to improve health overall (which will majorly benefit your locks) – here’s what you need to know about the latest miracle food.
“We believe that the answers to so many questions we face are all around us. Mushrooms are some of the most powerful foods on the planet and can benefit human health in a multitude of ways,” says Gabe. His vitamin was created through a mushroom blend which supports both the adaptive and innate immune system that can help “prevent so many of the ailments we face in society today.” Seriously, has there ever been a better time to up the ante on your immunity than during a nation-wide pandemic?
“We saw an opportunity to bridge the gap between practitioner grade products and what is currently mainstream. Immune Power brings effective doses of nature’s most powerful immune supporting mushrooms. In a time like this we find it imperative to build our energy, vitality and be able to maintain life force and adapt to difficult situations by feeding the body on a cellular level.”
Not every mushroom is created equally, in fact, Gabe informs us that each has its own personality – luckily they all undeniably contribute to overall health, vitality and immune support because they are packed with beta glucan compounds. Together, with the addition of astragalus and vitamin C, they are a “powerhouse for wellness,” he explained.
There are several types of mushrooms, which Gabe breaks down in terms of health benefits (and with comparisons to the royals).
Chaga is the ‘king’ of mushrooms and has extremely high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Not only can it fight inflammation, but it helps immune cells communicate with one another.
Reishi is known as ‘the queen’ and is a powerful adaptogenic mushroom, contains anti bacterial and viral compounds and is an immune modulator which can help restore hormone balance.
Maitake is known as the ‘dancing mushroom;’ not only is it delicious, it has many benefits for the immune system and has shown to increase white blood cell activity and production.
Shitake is a culinary go-to, but also powerful for improving cell effector function, decreasing inflammation and supporting gut immunity.
Turkey Tail is a gorgeous mushroom that helps strengthen the body’s natural immune response by stimulating innate immune cells and while balancing gut bacteria.
Sourcing the shrooms
Since mushrooms grow in the ground, how they are sourced is a pretty big deal. A former chef, Gabe points out the importance of sourcing, and each mushroom is the supplement is USDA certified organic. “They are sourced from small independent farms and the majority are from Utah. All of our mushrooms pass rigorous testing where we verify the DNA, test for heavy metals, pesticides, beta d-gulcan content, ergosterol testing to ensure fungal purity, active ingredient analysis and complete microbial testing – of course we have no fillers or additives. Just pure mushroom magic.”
Overall health equals hair health
“Hair can actually be a great indicator to your overall health,” points out Gabe. “As we have heard before, stress makes us go gray, but our hair can tell us more about overall health,” for instance with thinning and the link to thyroid issues or shedding with anemia. “Often in TCM the hair is the expression of the (qi) vital energy and blood – we can positively impact this through the basics of health, eating well, moving our bodies, calming the mind and nourishing our chi and blood. The mushrooms are also high in selenium which is great for hair.”
The supplement is formulated by a doctor, and for every product sold the brand plants a tree – and makes a point of using only post-consumer materials/no plastics in their supply chain. If it’s good for the environment and good for your health, a general rule of thumb is that it’s probably great for your hair!