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Lion's Mane Chaga -  Turkey TailMaitakeShiitakeCordyceps - Reishi

Mushrooms, the fruiting bodies of macroscopic filamentous fungi that grow above the ground, have been a part of the human diet and used as both food and medicine for centuries. ​Table 11 highlights the major nutrient, health, and culinary characteristics of mushrooms described in this article.

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Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

Scientific research has proven many health benefits of mushrooms. More than 50,000 scientific studies have verified the millennial experiences of traditional medicine and found that medicinal mushrooms:

  • boost the immune system,

  • prevent and fight cancer,

  • prevent and fight viral infections,

  • regulate blood sugar and fat (cholesterol and triglycerides),

  • normalize blood pressure,

  • reduce atherosclerotic plaques and ischemia thus improving heart and brain health,

  • slow the development of neurodegenerative diseases

  • protect bone from degradation and osteoporosis

  • help manage healthy weight

  • improve strength and endurance

  • slow ageing

  • and many more.

Medicinal mushrooms are extremely safe to use; they cause no interactions, major side effects, tolerance or withdrawal.

Mushroom Research

See below for a list of existing research on the nutrients in mushrooms and how they may help in disease prevention. This research is just the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting journey into a fuller understanding of mushrooms and your health.

This research section is organized by topics of interest. For nutrition composition of common edible and culinary mushrooms, see: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019.





Weight Management

Umami and Sodium

Cardiovascular Health



General Health Promotion

Vitamin D


Other Benefits

There are an estimated 140,000 species of mushroom-producing fungi. Currently, mycologists are only acquainted with less than 10-percent of them. These organisms extract from decaying animal and plant matter. Mushrooms have unique characteristics and properties. They vary in size, shape, color, and texture.

Only 100-species of mushroom are currently under review for their medicinal application and health benefits. However, research suggests that mushrooms have potent physiological and physiological effects on our health and well-being.

Studies show that consuming mushrooms as part of your diet can relieve hypertension, improve gastrointestinal health, fight off cancer, and reverse diabetes. Mushrooms are part of popular culture as well, and they’re part of folklore and legend. How many times have you seen a picture of a fairy sitting on a mushroom? If you’ve watched the classic animated film, Alice in Wonderland, you’ll notice them all over the scenes.

Mushrooms offer so many benefits that we have yet to discover. However, here are 12 unexpected health benefits you may find interesting.

1. Reduce Systemic Inflammation

2. Lower Cholesterol

3. Improve Bone Health

4. Prevent Diabetes

5. Boost Immune System

6. Natural Source of Vitamin D

7. Increase Oxygen Levels

8. Weight Loss

9. Restore Health of Skin and Nails

10. Cancer Prevention

11. Treating PTSD

12. Watch What You Eat

The Fungi Your Immune System Has Been Waiting For

  • Did you know humans have more in common with fungi than any other kingdom? We share the same pathogens, meaning bacteria and viruses.

  • Chinese medicine has used mushrooms for over 1,000 years.

  • 50 years of research has yielded very positive results, particularly for immune health.

Why Your Immune System Loves Mushrooms

  • Polysaccharides, enzymes, proteins and antioxidants!

  • Several prominent polysaccharides, including beta-glucans, actually stimulate, or turn on, your body’s natural defense mechanisms.

Where do mushrooms get these beneficial compounds?

  • From the mushroom’s host — usually a tree or other plant that has absorbed and stored healthful nutrients for decades.

  • Mushrooms embrace and soak up these special nutrients, transforming into a little medicinal powerhouses.

Health benefits of Mushrooms:

  • Increased longevity

  • Improved blood flow

  • Cholesterol and blood sugar normalization

  • Liver protection

  • Kidney support

  • Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties

  • Respiratory support

  • Decreased platelet aggregation

  • Reduced risk of heart disease

  • Nerve regeneration

  • Improved skin and hair

  • Increased stamina

Mushrooms are Packed with These Vitamins and Minerals

  • Niacin

  • Riboflavin

  • Folate

  • Phosphorus

  • Iron

  • Panthothenic Acid

  • Zinc

  • Potassium

  • Copper

  • Magnesium

  • Vitamin B6

  • Selenium

  • Thiamin

It’s best to blend several mushroom species. A good trio includes:

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi has been called the “Mushroom of Immortality,” and has been used in Asia for thousands of years. It has ganoderic acid, which is being used to support cellular abnormalities.

Other Benefits:

  • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Regulation of the immune system

  • Normalization of blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels

Shiitake Mushroom

A key component of Shiitake is Lentinan, which has been found to protect the liver and provide relief for a variety of stomach ailments. Lentinan has also been linked to combating illnesses that attack the immune system.

Other Benefits:

  • May offer anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal effects

  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels,

  • Reduces platelet aggregation

  • Supports lower cholesterol levels

Cordyceps Mushroom

Called “Caterpillar Fungus,” Cordyceps is unique in that it grows out of an insect host rather than a plant host. This parasitic mushroom has a long and storied history in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Cordyceps is perhaps best known as the supplement that members of the Chinese women’s track and field team used in training before they broke several records in 1993 and 1994. Team members tested negative for using illegal substances, and their coach revealed that the athletes’ diets were supplemented with a Chinese “caterpillar fungus.”

A natural Chinese supplement, cordyceps has medicinal mushrooms benefits for several body systems, including the circulatory, immune, respiratory and glandular systems. Cordyceps has properties similar to those of ginseng and is traditionally used to help the body build strength and endurance. In traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has been used to benefit the glandular system in both women and men. In addition, cordyceps supports the kidneys, aids the upper respiratory tract and may help the body maintain proper blood viscosity.

Other Benefits:

  • Increases ATP production, improving strength and endurance

  • Offers anti-aging effects

  • Protects the liver and kidneys,

  • Increases blood flow & normalizes cholesterol levels


Mushrooms are extremely hearty organisms that thrive in good, and bad, environments. In ideal conditions, they absorb and concentrate healthful compounds. In poor conditions, they absorb and concentrate unhealthy, harmful, and even deadly substances. Be sure your mushrooms come from a reputable, safely grown source.

Mushroom Patents (Class PLT/394)US10519175B2- 2019-04-25 This invention relates to the large-scale production of psilocybin for use in medicine.

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