Mushrooms are an important part of a balanced diet, thanks to the high content of nutrients that they provide to the body. Of the approximately 5.1 million species of mushrooms known today, some are distinguished by multiple health benefits. That is why medicinal mushrooms are used since ancient times in traditional medicine in the Far East, in China, Japan, Korea and other cultures.
The results obtained in fighting against certain diseases, in stimulating the immune system and protecting the body have determined western societies to start a series of studies attesting the benefits of medicinal mushrooms for health and their inclusion in the prophylaxis of certain diseases, including cancer.
Benefits of medicinal mushrooms
The most well-known species of medicinal mushrooms are Reishi or Ganoderma Lucidum, Shiitake, Maitake and Cordyceps sinensis, but species such as Fomitopsis pinicola, Trametes versicolor, Inonotus obliquus or Chaga are being extensively studied too, especially for their antitumor qualities in the area of digestive cancers.
Each species is different, its extracts offering benefits in extremely varied areas, from supporting the immune system and immunomodulating effects, by stimulating the intestinal microbiome and the production of T cells, to antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects, to improving mental states, concentration power and heart health. Medicinal mushrooms are typically rich in vitamins, polysaccharides, proteins and antioxidant compounds. They are never consumed raw, but in the form of powders or extracts.
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