Why poria cocos mushrooms can benefit the health of your liver
There are believed to be around 2,700 species of mushrooms around the world that are safe to eat. You may not have heard of poria cocos, but it’s just one of the magical ingredients in our liver-loving detox elixir and food supplement.
We show how by combining modern science with ancient healing techniques, de-liver-ance is the new tonic drink to make part of your lifestyle.
Read on to see how poria may benefit you, your liver and the way you look after your health.
What is poria cocos?Poria cocos has been used in traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine (TCM) for 2,000 years. Also known as China root, it is a natural edible fungus gaining recognition by Western scientists as a potential treatment for numerous health conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
- Potent poria has been used to help modulate the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. - Studies show it may help rebalance gut flora in digestive issues - It is believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system to aid sleep, and aids depression by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. - It also appears to lessen bone loss in cases of osteoporosis, and by helping to relieve oxidative stress, holds back signs of skin ageing.
Why are mushrooms good for you?
Mushrooms contain about 15 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, zinc and potassium. They’re low in calories and a good source of fibre, protein and antioxidants, such as selenium, vitamin C, choline and ergothioneine – an anti-inflammatory amino acid found mainly in mushrooms.
Research shows that the main active ingredient in poria cocos is polysaccharides (PCP), which may be anti-inflammatory and antioxidising – an excellent support for the immune system.
Did you know? Mushrooms are the only non-fortified vegan dietary source of vitamin D – necessary for keeping bones and teeth healthy, as well as much else. Studies suggest you can maximise their vitamin D2 content by leaving your mushrooms in direct sunlight on your kitchen top for up to two hours.
Go mushroom-picking and cook up a healthy treat
Foraging for natural, wild plant foods is becoming an increasingly popular pastime for all the family. Not only is it a good excuse to roam around in the great outdoors and up your physical activity, the foods you harvest are bursting with natural goodness.
Autumn is the best time for mushroom-hunting in the UK, but they tend to pop up after it has been raining. You only need to identify the species you find – there are various apps available – to ensure that they’re safe to eat.
There are so many varieties of mushrooms to enjoy – white, button, portobello, king oyster, cremini, shiitake and exotic maitake mushrooms are among those you’ll find in supermarkets.
However, you prefer to eat them – raw, sautéed with garlic and greens, steamed with veggies or stuffed and grilled – mushrooms are super-nutritious. Try to incorporate them into your diet as part of your five-a-day to reap the rewards.
Love poria cocos, love your liver!
Your license to looking and feeling great is a healthy, balanced lifestyle and a nutrient-rich diet. But that isn’t always possible when you’re on the go-go-go, and you may be wise to supplement your diet. Give poria cocos, one of the active ingredients in de-liver-ance, a try.
Your liver works hard to metabolise food; make bile to break down fats; store fats, proteins and other nutrients; and cleanse your blood of toxins, while trying to offset/combat the oxidative stress that causes disease so help it out.