Mushrooms have been hailed in recent years as a superfood due to the discovery that they are packed with a powerful and rare antioxidant. The term ‘superfood’ may currently be under the microscope of EU legislation, but what is for sure is that mushrooms are full of a wide variety of essential and beneficial nutrients.
The exact properties of different mushrooms will vary, however, properties consistently found show them to be:
- Low in Salt and Fat
- High in Protein and Fibre
- An excellent source of Potassium
- High in Phosphorus
- High in Sodium
- Rich in vitamin C
- Good source of the vitamins Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin & Biotin
- Good source of Magnesium, Iron & Calcium
- One of the world’s few food sources for the powerful antioxidant: Ergothioneine
- Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing, & Culture Christopher Hobbs and Harriet Beinfield
- Mycomedicinals: An Informational Treatise on Mushrooms 3rd Edition Paul Stamets
- Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom Kenneth Jones
- Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms Mark Stengler
The use of mushrooms as medicines stretches back thousands of years, particularly in Asia. Modern science is now confirming what our ancestors already knew. Numerous medical trials over the past 40 years have shown that compounds produced across a range of fungi can effectively:
- Stimulate the immune function
- Inhibit cancerous tumour growth
- Stimulate antiviral & antibacterial activity (including against HIV)
- Lower blood pressure & cholesterol
- Reduce blood levels of fatty acids and sugars
All of the mushrooms we produce carry medicinal properties of varying sorts. The wealth of information behind these affects is too great to cover here, but see this table or the list of further reading for more information. Alternatively, feel free to drop us an email if you want to know more or have specific questions.
If you wish to buy high quality medicinal mushroom extracts then we highly recommend Fruiting Bodies.