Mushrooms are quite just a healthy ingredient that adds fiber and protein to your recipes. They also have numerous benefits ranging from strengthening immunity to helping you achieve glowing skin. To learn more about the benefits of mushrooms, we turned to Tero Isokauppila, Isokauppila is the author of Healing Mushrooms:

A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Adaptogenic Mushrooms for Whole Body Health, and Santa Sold Shrooms: The Origin Story of the World's Most Famous Person.

Four Sigmatic recently launched an edible skincare line that uses only food-grade organic ingredients in its products with no plastics, water, or fillers. We chatted with Isokauppila to find out more about the printing operation and therefore the wonders of mushrooms.

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What are some of the health benefits of mushrooms?

Research suggests that mushrooms can support more than 130 functions in the body. Some of the main ways mushrooms support wellness include providing essential nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin D, and a variety of minerals like selenium, potassium, and copper. Mushrooms can also support the immune system and help support stress management. They have dietary fiber, which helps support digestion and can increase beneficial gut bacteria. Finally, mushrooms help your skin glow!

Why are mushrooms beneficial for skincare?

In addition to the nutrients necessary for general well-being, many functional mushrooms have an overwhelming amount of antioxidant properties, which your skin loves, especially as you age. Antioxidants can help protect your cells from free radical damage. Free radicals create a cascade of damage in your cells. On your skin, damaged cells appear as wrinkles, dullness, and sagging. This specific antioxidant support combined with the full-body benefits of fungi helps your skin glow.

Are there types of mushrooms that are particularly powerful when it comes to health and beauty?

My top four skincare mushrooms are shiitake, Chaga, reishi, and tremella. Shiitake mushrooms support the liver, and a well-functioning liver means glowing skin. Chaga mushrooms are packed with antioxidant properties for the skin and also support the health of the entire body. Reishi mushroom helps soothe redness on the skin, and tremella is a highly hydrating jelly mushroom. Fun fact: Tremella holds up to 500 times its weight in water. This water-holding capacity is much more than hyaluronic acid and glycerin, two ingredients commonly used in expensive moisturizing and "anti-aging" skincare products.

How can mushrooms canada be incorporated into your diet, and what are some other ways to experience the benefits of mushrooms? While I think eating culinary mushrooms is delicious and a wonderful way to increase variety in your daily diet, the mushrooms I mentioned above are all functional mushrooms, which cannot be found in most grocery stores.

These mushrooms must be removed for their benefits to be available to you. At Four Sigmatic, we extract the fruiting bodies of these functional mushrooms with hot water and alcohol to get the most benefits. Our functional mushroom skincare products, elixirs, coffees, and teas are made without fillers or carriers, just effective amounts of the mushrooms you want.

What types of mushrooms are used in the skincare line?

Currently, we have Mushroom Face Mask & Tonic, which has reishi and Chaga extracts. The Superfood Serum has reishi spore oil, a highly concentrated form of reishi.

Any other fun facts about mushrooms?

I could go on all day, but for the beauty specifically, I love this story: During the Tang Dynasty, Yan Guifei used tremella regularly to achieve a "flower-shaming face." Reishi is known as the Queen of the Mushrooms and Chaga is known as the King of the Mushrooms, and both are great for men's and women's skincare!

Explore the magic of mushrooms at and check out HealingMushrooms: A Practical, Culinary Guide to Using Adaptogenic Mushrooms for Whole Body Health and Santa Sold Shrooms: The Origin Story of the World's Most Famous Person for more wisdom on the mushrooms.