Description: Mushrooms are classified as a fungus and not a plant because they do not undergo photosynthesis. There are over 5,000 different species in North America alone and many of them are wildly popular in the culinary world. Several Eastern cultures have used mushrooms for their health promoting benefits for over 5,000 years. Over the last fifty years, scientists have begun to validate how the proteins, trace minerals, polysaccharides, amino acids, fiber, and other compounds of over 300 different mushroom species provide many health benefits such as:
Optimizing immune function
Promoting normal cellular growth
Protection against environmental stressors
Supporting your body's normal detoxification process
Preserving cellular structure
Supporting healthy gut flora
Promoting optimal digestion
In other words, mushrooms are increasingly thought to play many different roles: adaptogens, antioxidants, detoxifying agents just to name a few.
Beta Glucans & Proteoglycans
Beta glucans and proteoglycans are the primary biologically active compounds in mushroom fruit bodies and mycelia that support the immune systems of humans, and some animals, too. Beta glucans are chains of polysaccharides, and proteoglycans are special proteins, often found in connective tissue. They are great for optimal immune function without over-stimulation. The beta glucans found in mushrooms are large and complex long-chain molecules. What sets certain beta glucans apart are their unique side-branching patterns. Just like a key and lock, the beta glucan compounds in mushrooms must "fit" perfectly with cellular receptor sites to support the immune system. By binding to receptor points on cells important to the immune system, the beta glucan polysaccharide compounds can have a positive effect on your immune cells. Each individual mushroom species contributes a variety of beta glucan molecular structures. When you combine several species, you multiply the number of immune cell receptor sites that may be activated. While beta glucans have been the most studied component, mushrooms contain many other bioactive compounds and proteins that support immune function such as: alpha glucans, antioxidants, enzymes, pectins, ribonucleases, ubiquitin-like proteins, peptides, and good lectins.
The Gut-Brain-Immune System Connection
Mushrooms' complex nutritional matrix of nutrients, dietary fiber and fungal enzymes has been shown to support healthy digestion and gastrointestinal tract function, too. Mushrooms produced via fermentation have the extra-cellular digestive enzymes produced by the mycelium that can help promote optimal digestive function. A healthy digestive system is critical for breaking down food to extract and absorb the nutrients necessary for optimal health. In addition, 80% of your immune system lies in your gastrointestinal tract in the form of beneficial bacteria so if you want to help support your immune system, you must support your digestion. Your gut originates from the same type of tissue as your brain. When a fetus develops, one part of this "brain" tissue turns into his central nervous system and the other part develops into his enteric nervous system (the gut). These two systems are connected via the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen. This nerve explains why your gut and your brain influence each other so powerfully. And that explains why your intestinal health can affect your mental and neurological health. Including fermented foods into your daily diet is an effective way to naturally help optimize your gut flora and support your immune system and brain health, too.
Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as hou tou gu or yamabushitake, are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow. They have both culinary and medical uses in Asian countries like China, India, Japan and Korea. Lion’s mane mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea. Their extracts often used in over-the-counter health supplements.Lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut.
Protect Against Dementia
Helps Relieve Mild Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety
May Speed Recovery from Nervous System Injuries
Protects Against Ulcers in the Digestive Tract
Reduces Heart Disease Risk
Helps Manage Diabetes Symptoms
Reduces Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
Boosts the Immune System
Lentinula edodes (Shitake) is well-known and often used in Asian cuisine and both the fruit body and mycelium of the shitake are also highly valued in Asian cultures for their health-promoting benefits. Cultivation of this mushroom has been practiced for over one thousand years dating back to at least 100 AD in China. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shiitake was used to support a wide range of body functions. In vitro and animal research shows shitake to be useful for helping to:
Support immune function
Support normal cellular growth and development
Support liver function
Promote optimal blood circulation
Support oral health
Promote healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range
Promote normal response to stress as an "adaptogenic"
Almost resembling a butterfly in flight, Maitake, or Grifola frondosa, is a large mushroom characterized by multiple overlapping layers. The fruit bodies and mycelia of Maitake provide immune-supporting beta glucans. Compared to extracted fractions of Maitake, the whole powdered fruit body and mycelium show a wider variety of benefits. The synergistic chemistry of Maitake's complex variety of polysaccharides, amino acids, proteins, enzymes and antioxidants contribute to its many health-promoting benefits, including:
Supports immune function
Supports normal cellular development
Promote healthy glucose levels already in the normal range, as well as a normal insulin response
Help support weight management when combined with a healthy diet and exercise
Promote healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range
Promote skin health
Of all the health-promoting mushrooms, Reishi or Ganoderma lucidum is not only the most revered, but also has the longest recorded history of use. Reishi is considered a "warming" ingredient in TCM. Known as a "three treasure" herb, it's thought by the Chinese to harmonize jung (life force), qi (energy), and shen (spirit). A richly colored mushroom, Reishi is found in the wild around the world, especially in subtropical regions. Active compounds are found in its fruit bodies, spores, and mycelia. Studies, including animal studies, suggest that they help:
Support immune function
Support normal cellular growth and development
Promote the body's normal detoxification processes
Support healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range
Support liver and kidney function
Promote restful sleep
Help support optimal cellular energy
Support healthy blood sugar levels already in the normal range
Promote normal response to stress as an "adaptogenic"
Support muscular and joint comfort and movement
Help support optimal neurological and psychiatric health
Promote optimal blood flow and healthy heart muscle function
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Used for centuries for a wide variety of health-promoting properties, Cordyceps, or Cordyceps militaris, looks the least like a mushroom. It's long, slender fruit bodies and its mycelia both show important health-promoting properties. Compared to Cordyceps sinensis, researchers have found Cordyceps militaris to provide additional bioactive ingredients. It has been shown in studies, to potentially help:
Support athletic performance and energy
Support sexual function
Promote optimal circulation
Promote lung and respiratory health
Support kidney health
Support immune function
Support healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range
Chinese herbalists believe that Cordyceps replenishes Yin and Yang Jing and acts to help the body better respond to exertion, stress, or normal aging.
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a type of fungus. It mainly grows on the outside of birch trees in very cold climates. Chaga mushrooms grow wild in places like Siberia, northern Canada, Alaska, and some northern areas of the continental United States.
It actually has one of the highest ORAC scores of any food! ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity.” The higher the ORAC value, the better a food’s ability to protect the body from disease-causing free radicals. It also means that chaga mushrooms are one of the best sources of antioxidants, with an ORAC value of 146,700.
Slowing the aging process
Lowering blood pressure
Supporting the immune system
Lowering blood sugar
Preventing drug side effects
The Turkey Tail, or the Trametes versicolor mushroom, with its fan-shaped, colorful overlapping layers of fruit bodies truly resembling turkey tails, is a common inhabitant in the northern forests of the world. And it also happens to have one of the longest histories of health-promoting use in China and Japan. Known for its supply of a particular type of polysaccharide PSK Turkey Tail has been widely studied. Some of its purported benefits include:
Promotes respiratory health
May support urinary and digestive health
Supports immune health
Supports normal cellular growth
Also known as Royal Sun Agaricus or Agaricus blazei species, Himematsutake falls into the same genus as the common button mushroom. Setting it apart from its every day cousin, Agaricus has a rich almond scent and:
Normal cellular growth-supporting compounds
Promotes optimal insulin response
Supports heart health
Supports liver health
Promotes optimal gastrointestinal health
Tremella fuciformisis is also known as snow fungus. Snow fungus is a white, nearly translucent, "trembling" fungus throughout Asia and in warmer climates worldwide. The fungus gets the common name of wood ear for the way it looks on the decaying logs on which it grows. Good-quality snow fungus has a pale, yellowish-white color and a mucilagelike texture. Chinese and Japanese herbalists have used snow fungus for more than 2,000 years, primarily to increase fluids in the body, for dry coughs, and for palpitations. It has been used as a tonic herb and as a beauty enhancer to improve the complexion.
Helping maintain the health of blood-vessel walls
Helping prevent clots and enhance circulation
Increasing the superoxide dismutase activity of the brain and liver.
Promoting nerve growth
Assisting with improving learning and reducing memory deficits
Supporting skin-health, including as a moisturizing agent in cosmetic preparations
Supporting the immune system
Maintaining white blood cell counts
Alleviating skin dryness and redness
Black fungus, or Auricularia polytricha, is sometimes known as wood ear, cloud ear, Judas ear or tree ear. It is a mushroom that is dark brown to black and native to Asia and some Pacific islands with humid climates. It is edible and often used in Asian cooking. It is a beneficial fungus in helping with health issues for lungs, stomach and liver.
promote positive emotions and help with feelings of isolation, fear and insecurity.
Assist prevention of blood coagulation, thrombosis, and embolism.
Tamogitake (Pleurotus citrinopileatus, the golden oyster mushroom) is an edible gilled fungus. Native to eastern Russia, northern China, and Japan, the golden oyster mushroom is very closely related to P. cornucopiae of Europe. In far eastern Russia, P. citrinopileatus, they are called iI'mak, is one of the most popular wild edible mushrooms.
Antihyperglycemic properties, decreasing blood sugar levels
Lower Cholesterol Levels
Packed with Antioxidants
Boost Brain HealthEnhance immune function
Morel Mushroom (Morchella spp.), commonly known as Common morel, yellow morel, morel, morel mushroom, true morel, sponge morel and sponge mushroom, is an edible mushroom which belongs to the family Morchellaceae. It is found all over the Northern Hemisphere especially in North America, Europe, Central America and Asia. This mushroom naturally grows in the forested areas around dead apple trees, elm trees, under wood scraps, Sycamore and Ash trees.
A great source of Vitamin B & D
Excellent source of iron & phosphorus
Are helpful in treating number of drug side effects
Act as anti-oxidant
Helps in maintaining liver health
Supports heart health
Good for diabetes
Also known as cepes, pennybuns or their scientific name, Boletus edulis, porcini mushrooms are a type of edible mushroom found across the Northern Hemisphere, including in parts of North America, Europe and Asia.
The mushrooms come from a type of fungus that forms a symbiotic relationship with trees. Fungal tissue is wrapped around the roots of the tree underground, and spore-bearing fruit is produced above ground in the summer and fall. Benefits of Porcini Mushrooms:
Aid weight loss
May kill colon cancer cells
High in antioxidants
Promote digestive health
Good source of protein
Phallus indusiatus, commonly called the bamboo fungus, bamboo pith, long net stinkhorn, crinoline stinkhorn or veiled lady, is a fungus in the family Phallaceae, or stinkhorns. It has a cosmopolitan distribution in tropical areas, and is found in southern Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia, where it grows in woodlands and gardens in rich soil and well-rotted woody material. The mushroom, grown commercially and commonly sold in Asian markets, is rich in protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fiber. The mushroom also contains various bioactive compounds, and has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Powerful source of vitamins and minerals
Reduce radiation-induced damages and side effects caused by chemotherapy
The chanterelle Cantharellus cibarius is widely regarded as among the most anticipated of edible mushrooms. Chanterelle Mushroom is actually a fungus which is found growing on the ground, usually near some sort of hardwood (oaks, conifers, etc.). They grow near trees, not alone in fields. Its flesh is thick, firm, and white, with an odor that may be fragrant like apricots and a taste that may be mild peppery.
Helpful in protecting of skeletal, nervous and cardiovascular systems of the body
Decreased risk of type 2 diabetes
Maintains skin health
Help improve muscle mass
Alleviating PMS syndrome
The chestnut mushroom (Agrocybe Aegerita, agrocybe cylindracea or Cyclocybe aegerita) is a type of mushroom that belongs to the white rot fungi. Chestnut mushrooms can be found growing on poplar, Oak, Cottonwood, Maple, Willow, Box Elder, Tea-Oil trees. Chestnut mushrooms are commonly cultivated and sold in countries like the US, Japan, China, Korea, Australia and Chile.
In China, the chestnut mushroom is sometimes called the “magic mushroom of China.” The Chinese use this type of mushroom to cure different types of ailments including headaches and fever.
Slow down osteoporosis
Contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals
Promote healthy hair
Poria (Poria cocos) is a type of mushroom long used in traditional Chinese medicine, a form of alternative medicine that originated in China. Typically sourced from the mushroom's filaments (the threadlike cells that form the body of the mushroom), this lesser-known medicinal mushroom is available in dietary supplement form.
Poria contains several substances thought to promote health, including polysaccharides (a type of carbohydrate that appears to affect immune function) and triterpenoids (a class of compounds with antioxidant effects).
Boost immune function
Help fight Alzheimer's disease
Effective against diabetes
Lower serum cholesterol
Enhanced immune activity
Improve kidney function
Help fatigue, tension, nervousness and sleep problems
Pleurotus Eryngii originated from the shores of Mediterranean Sea. It is therefore found in the Middle East and areas in the northern part of Africa. Other names used to refer to this mushroom include French Horn and King Trumpet Royale. Sometimes it is also called the Boletus of the Steppes, King Trumpet Mushroom or Trumpet Royale.
It belongs to the genus of the Oyster mushroom and it happens to be the largest in that family. It is a mushroom with generous amounts of nutrients including carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibre.
A good source for anti-oxidants
Protect against diseases and early aging
Large amount of the rare amino acid L- ergothioneine
Suppressing fatty acid absorption
Hua Jun Zhi
Hua Jun Zhi (Pyropolyporus fomentarius) is a unique woody mushroom due to its medicinal value with numerous pharmacological activities. Distributed in Northeast China, North China, Southwest China. mushrooms can be found growing on stained trees, rot wood of white birch, maple, alfalfa and aspen. Hua Jun Zhi is not only one of the world's most rare and expensive mushrooms, it's said to possess an impressive array of health-promoting attributes. Hua Jun Zhi contains Polysaccharides “PSK and PSP” and Beta glucans which boost up our immune system and feed our good bacteria in our gut so we can ward off disease and boost up our energy level. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hua Jun Zhi Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years for healing and it’s powerful immune system boosting agent.
Rich in Antioxidants
increasing your immune system and NK cell activity
Helps chemo by boosting up immune system
Lowers blood sugar
Improve bone marrow health
Truffles can bring a great deal of health benefits especially to vegetarians, individuals who don't eat meat and only consume vegetables. Technically, truffles are mushrooms that don't have stems and are usually discovered under the ground-usually under oak, pine, beech, and pecan trees mostly in Europe including various parts of Italy, France, Slovenia and Croatia. In Asia, some varieties are located in China.
Lower cholesterol levels
Control corneal infections
Reduce oxidative stress
Prevent atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease
Boost cognition and prevent dementia
Eliminate symptoms of depression
Slow down the aging process
Aid immune system with anti-microbial properties
Treat trachoma and other eye infections
Enoki mushrooms (Flammulina veluptipes) also known as Enokitake mushrooms or even Enokidake mushrooms are actually a long and thin type of mushroom with small caps on one end and is native to China, Japan and Korea.
All through Asian history, physicians considered Enoki shares most of the health advantages of other Asian mushrooms, which includes its overall immune enhancing qualities, helping in liver illnesses, stomach issues, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure levels as well as anti-aging.
Helps you lose body fat in your gut
Balance sugar level
Prevent constipation and normalize bowel movementsPromote the intellectual development
Lower blood lipids
Candlesnuff fungus (Xylaria polymorpha) is a saprobic fungus. It is a common inhabitant of forest and woodland areas, usually growing from the bases of rotting or injured tree stumps and decaying wood. It has also been known to colonize substrates like woody legume pods, petioles, and herbaceous stems. It is characterized by its elongated upright, clavate, or strap-like stromata poking up through the ground, much like fingers.
Boost the immune response
Support weight loss
Help lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol
Improve bone health
Ramaria botrytis, commonly known as the clustered coral, the pink-tipped coral mushroom, or the cauliflower coral, is an edible species of coral fungus in the family Gomphaceae. Its robust fruit body resembles some marine coral. It is found in North America, North Africa, central and eastern Europe, Australia, and Asia. The fungus contains several chemical compounds with in vitro biological activity, and fruit bodies have antimicrobial activity against several species and strains of drug-resistant bacteria that cause disease in humans.
Prevent antigen activity
Prevent inflammation, particularly in mucous tissue
Lwer blood cholesterol and triglycerides
Protect cells from free radicals
Phellinus igniarius (syn. Phellinus trivialis) is a fungus of the family of Hymenochaetaceae. Common names are willow bracket. The fungus forms perennial fruiting bodies that rise as woody-hard, hoof or disc-shaped brackets from the bark of the infested living tree or dead log. Unlike most fungi it has a hard woody consistency and may persist for many years, building a new surface layer each year.
It has a very broad spectrum of disrupting quorum communication gram-negative bacteria including borrelia. Neutralizes the virulence of many gram-negative bacteria by inhibiting biofilm formation and inhibit bacterial replication.
Phellinus inhibits infiltration of immune cells in the spinal cord, is recommended for the treatment of autoimmune diseases of the CNS including the SM.
Activity against viral influenza A and B, including the H1N1, H3N2, and the human and avian H9N2.
Antiproliferative and antimetastatic effect, inhibit metastasis of the urogenital system.
Termitomyces is a valuable edible fungus in Yunnan. It's meat is tender, sweet and tasty. Termitomyces contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, protein and other nutrients.
It grows in remote mountain forests, on the unpolluted slopes of Yunnan's r