Find out which adap­to­gen is best for your health, from aid­ing in a bet­ter sleep to pre­vent­ing dis­ease.

Long con­sid­ered a nutri­tional un­der­dog, mush­rooms are fi­nally get­ting the at­ten­tion they de­serve in the well­ness world. With wide-rang­ing ben­e­fits like stress man­age­ment, en­ergy sup­port and cog­ni­tive and gut health, th­ese func­tional fungi are worth get­tin

Clean Eating - - CONTENTS - BY AN­DREA GOURGY, IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS BY JEN­SINE ECK­WALL

It turns out the hum­ble mush­room is a nutri­tional su­per­star. Of­ten out­shined by other veg­gies like kale and cau­li­flower, mush­rooms are fi­nally hav­ing their mo­ment. While culi­nary mush­rooms like crem­ini and por­to­bel­los have solid nutri­tional ben­e­fits, the fungi that are get­ting the most at­ten­tion are part of a class called medic­i­nal mush­rooms. Known as such due to their medic­i­nal prop­er­ties, they are be­ing used for a wide range of con­di­tions in­clud­ing fa­tigue, hor­mone im­bal­ance and mood. (For the record, they are not the same as psy­che­delic – or “magic” – mush­rooms; they will not make you high.) And while they’re rel­a­tively new to North Amer­ica, they’ve been used in Eastern medicine for cen­turies.

Why are mush­rooms so darn pow­er­ful? The an­swer may lie in their DNA. San­dra Carter, founder of Om Mush­rooms, points to the fact that mush­room DNA is more sim­i­lar to mam­mals than plants. “It’s that sim­i­lar­ity in DNA that re­ally helps to ac­ti­vate a lot of the health and well­ness prop­er­ties ben­e­fi­cial to us,” Carter ex­plains. But with so many va­ri­eties on the mar­ket – think cordy­ceps, reishi, chaga and more – you may need a primer on th­ese func­tional fungi be­fore div­ing in. Here are four things you should know about ’shrooms be­fore in­cor­po­rat­ing them into your rou­tine.

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