Are mushrooms good for Heart health?
The mighty heart is but a fist-sized pump that moves blood throughout your body. Made of multiple layers of tissues, the heart is the centre of the blood circulation in your body pushing blood rich with oxygen and nutrients to all parts of your body through arteries, capillaries and then veins. The heart is fundamental to sustaining life and promoting health as a strong body can only belong to a strong heart.
According to World Heart Federation (WHF), there has been a 60% increase in deaths due to cardiovascular diseases globally in the past 30 years; moving up from 12.1 million in 1990 to 20.5 million in 2021. More than four out of five cardiovascular deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes and one-third of these deaths occur prematurely in people under 70 years of age. Modern lifestyles with several behavioral risk factors such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking and excessive intake of alcohol have caused heart diseases and strokes. It starts with showing effects in individuals such as raised blood pressure, raised blood glucose, raised blood lipids and being overweight and obese. In Canada, heart disease is the second leading cause of death.
A weak heart shows several symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, faintness, loss of appetite, irregular need to urinate at night, shortness of breath, swollen liver or abdomen, swollen feet and ankles among others. An unhealthy heart can be identified by an irregular pulse or a sensation of feeling the heartbeat. It will take an entire change in lifestyle to be able to improve heart health and diet and physical activity play an important role in the recovery of heart health. Studies have revealed that some medicinal mushrooms can help in lowering bad cholesterol, regulating blood pressure and improving the overall health of the heart.
At Organic Mushrooms, we have combined the goodness of medicinal mushrooms such as Shiitake, Reishi and Cordyceps to help improve your heart health. Shiitake mushrooms contain eritadenine, a compound known to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and maintain healthy circulation. Often regarded as the “Heart Mushroom”, Shiitake mushrooms are not only delicious but also rich in nutrients like beta-glucans that can help lower cholesterol levels. They support heart health by promoting balanced blood lipid profiles and reducing the risk of plaque buildup in arteries. Reishi Mushrooms on the other hand are rich in beta-glucans and triterpenoids, which can lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels, reducing your diabetes and heart disease risk. Known as the “Longevity Mushroom”, reishi is celebrated for its adaptogenic properties, helping to reduce stress and inflammation. It supports heart health by regulating blood pressure and promoting overall cardiovascular wellness. Cordyceps mushrooms can further help in reducing any inflammations and promote a healthy blood flow of the heart and brain. These mushrooms offer a rich source of nutrients and bioactive compounds which regulate blood circulation and improve heart health. Cordyceps are a powerhouse of energy and endurance and are a favourite among athletes and those looking to optimize their cardiovascular fitness.
After carefully considering the benefits of these mushroom types, we have custom-made a special Heart Health Wellness Bundle to help improve heart health. The benefits of mushrooms such as Shiitake, Cordyceps and Reishi can help supplement your heart health and help enhance your physical and mental health and wellness.
Organic Mushrooms’ health supplements offer the goodness of mushrooms grown naturally in the form of tinctures, extract powder, capsules and gummies. It is recommended to consume two to three grams of mushroom extracts per day as a part of the daily diet to improve your heart health and enhance your mind and body.