What are Medicinal Mushrooms?

Mushrooms. No they won't get you high.

Introduction

Mushrooms have long been touted for their myriad of health benefits, and the use of medicinal mushroom dates back thousands of years. Now, in recent times with functional medicine and nutrition going mainstream, we’re seeing a resurgence of interest in these marvelous superfoods.

Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health.
- Paul Stamets

Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses with a myriad of health benefits including the following:

 

  • Immune support*
  • Full of antioxidants*
  • Anti-inflammatory*
  • Helps to manage blood sugar*
  • Support brain health and cognition*
  • Support the nervous system*
  • Increase energy and stamina*

Understanding the Market of Medicinal Mushrooms

As people are waking up to the powerful healing properties found in medicinal mushrooms, so are the companies that are growing them, producing a product, and selling it to the masses. Medicinal mushrooms are rising up into the mainstream health community for their incredible ability to heal and support the human body.

These extremely intelligent organisms have been utilized in Asia for thousands of years for their support in immunity and longevity. However, in recent years the Western market in which these mushrooms are marketed and sold has few control standards, resulting in a high chance that the “mushroom” products being sold contain little to no mushrooms at all, and are mostly mycelium and starch, from rice or other grains, ground up into a powder. This should come as an alarming fact about which most consumers are unaware. Let us explain to you more in detail why this fact should raise a concern.

What is Mycelium?

Mycelium is the root system of the mushroom, it is the precursor to the fruiting body we simply know as a mushroom. Mycelium and mushrooms are not synonymous. The key active compounds found in mushrooms that research has linked to health benefits are: beta-D-glucans, triterpenoids and ergosterol.

Beta-D-glucans have been identified as primary sources of medicinal activity; they are a naturally occurring structural component of the cell walls of mushrooms that can activate or potentiate both innate and adaptive immunity.

Triterpenoids play a complementary role with beta-glucans in immune system activation; primary activities include: liver protection, antioxidant activity, reduced histamine response and reduced inflammation.

Furthermore, a sterol called ergosterol is present in all fungi which has recently been discovered to also have immunomodulating and antioxidant properties. Ergosterol in fungi is similar to cholesterol in humans.

As myriad of mushroom benefits for health spark global interest, Real Mushrooms prides itself on always using mushrooms (fruiting body) in our products to ensure the highest quality with the most benefits for optimal health.

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