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The Magic of Mushrooms for Your Skin

August 23, 2015

You don't usually think of mushrooms for beauty or anti aging however those fleshy fungi offer real benefits for your skin and overall appearance. Mushrooms are an excellent source of various powerful nutrients. Specifically two that are truly beneficial for the skin, selenium and vitamin D. Whether you eat them, drink them in a powder or apply them topically the power of mushrooms is noticeably visible through the benefit to our skin.

Selenium is a trace mineral and an antioxidant. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It minimizes skin damage from UV exposure. It is also essential for proper thyroid function and may also play a role in preventing cancer.

Vitamin D is actually a hormone that the body produces, but we know it as the vitamin that the body produces when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is a powerful antioxidant that rids the body of damaging free radicals. As an antioxidant vitamin D helps to slow the effects of aging, boost the immune system and is also helpful in treating psoriasis.

There are thousands of types of mushrooms which reveal anti-inflammatory properties that help to improve acne, rosacea and eczema. Studies have shown that consuming mushrooms provides a boost to the immune system which can reduce inflammation which leads to many skin conditions. Kombucha, shiitake and reishi mushrooms are just three varieties that have shown promising applications for skin care. Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can be seen through the skin by improving skin tone, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, increased skin elasticity, exfoliation, lightened and brightened skin, repairing dark spots, treating acne and so much more.

The Far East have been using mushrooms for centuries to treat arthritis, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, cancer and other serious illnesses. We are just now scratching the surface of the potential for which mushrooms can impact not only our beauty but our overall health. Look for mushroom extract or oil in your serums, moisturizers and skin care remedies or pick up some local mushrooms to add to your next meal.