How Demulcent Herbs Work
Demulcent herbs - check out our herbal glossary for more herb-words - aid in slow sugar absorption, assist in bowel movement, and provide absorbable sugars for our friendly gut bacteria. The mucilaginous substance produced by demulcent herbs, including mushrooms, is also soothing to soft tissues in the body including in the digestive system and even the lungs.
The stomach has acid in it that helps break down and digest the food we eat. It also has a mucus lining to protect it from the acid that’s in there. But if the wall of your stomach is directly exposed to the acid, it can really hurt. Demulcents can help your body restore the mucus layer in the stomach when it's been damaged.
3 Medicinal Fungi in Mushroom Magic
Every mushroom - there are 6 in total - in Mushroom Magic is good for you, but these three are essential for gut health.
Maitake, commonly known as Hen of the Woods in the US, is a delicious kitchen mushroom. And it also works wonders in the body! It improves our health through modulation of the gut microbiome. In addition, it promotes cardiovascular health.
Reishi is the queen mushroom in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s a calming adaptogen and immune-modulator that normalizes, strengthens, and calms the immune system. It also helps soothe the gut when things get hot under pressure. It supports a healthy gut microbiome that helps the gastrointestinal system function well and discourages unwanted bacteria from growing.
Chaga is an adaptogenic mushroom with a deep, earthy, and smoky flavor. Chaga is traditionally used to stimulate the immune system and balance energy. Taking care of your immune system is taking care of your gastrointestinal health and vice versa. Chaga is also known for sharpening the mind and helping to reduce fatigue.
There's a lot to love about medicinal fungi. They taste delicious swirled with cinnamon and vanilla in Mushroom Magic, feel great, and do the entire body so much good.