Learn to Decrypt the Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms
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This post will give you an idea about the medicinal properties of mushrooms. Are you new to learning about mushrooms and hoping to get a basic understanding of why and how they are so magical? Let us be the foundation and support for you to begin or supplement this journey of fungi information. Continue reading to learn about the medicinal properties of mushrooms.
Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms: Immune-Building Polysaccharides
Ever heard of putting mushrooms into a stock of bone broth during the winter? Studies have shown that mushrooms are great for the immune system. This is one of the foremost medicinal properties of mushrooms. Polysaccharides are the active compounds that make up a large part of the mushroom cell wall and have immunomodulatory effects, meaning that they regulate your immune system. Polysaccharides are water-soluble, which is why we double-extract our tinctures in alcohol AND water. If you’ve heard of beta-glucans (inflammation and immune), proteoglycans, or glycoproteins, they all fall under the umbrella of polysaccharides.
Powell (2014) reports that 77.5% of immunological activity of mushroom bone broth comes from the fruiting body of the mushroom (the actual mushroom), only 20.8% from mycelium (a network like roots) and 2% from broth. At Mushroom Revival we only sell and use the dried fruiting bodies in our medicine, not the mycelium.
NEW: We have just formulated a new Mushroom Immunity blend here at Mushroom Revival, which includes 7 key mushrooms and more herbs! Keep your eyes out for more info as we get the product ready to sell. Learn even more about the best mushrooms to boost your immune system with a previous Mushroom Revival blog post .
Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms: Anti-Inflammatory Triterpenes
Inflammation is an issue that many of us deal with daily, whether it be in the gut, muscles, sinuses, etc. There is a hypothesis that inflammation (mucous) is the cause of all illness, causing bogginess in the mind, body, and spirit. Triterpenes are active compounds in mushrooms that can help with this. The ganoderic and lucidenic families of triterpenes contribute to many of Reishi’s (Ganoderma lucidum) healing properties (and add to its bitter flavor). Studies have revealed that this includes reducing inflammation, and increasing resistance against viral infections and cancer.
Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms: Brain-Tonifying Diterpenes
Proven in scientific studies to stimulate nerve growth factor and regenerate neurons through the compounds of hericenones (aromatic molecules) and erinacines (diterpene compounds), lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) is helpful for overall cognitive function. Feeling foggy or like you don’t have enough brain power for the entire day? Turn to the medicinal properties of mushrooms. Lion’s mane, or our Mycelial Brain Tincture, might be a great option for you. To learn more about lion’s mane, visit our blog post, or go a step further and check out our Lion’s Mane blend, now with cinnamon!
Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms: Anti-Cancer and Anti-Tumor Activity
With more serious health issues, the medicinal properties of mushrooms might seem incomparable to pharmaceuticals. In actuality, studies have shown that many mushrooms contain powerful active compounds that fight effectively against cancers and tumors. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) grows on birch trees, where it derives betulin and betulinic acid from the bark, which include a range of study-proven medicinal properties such as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. Chaga can be found in our Myco-Cleanse and Mush 10 blends.
Some mushrooms, like lion’s mane, produce sterols. Ergosterol specifically has exhibited anti-angiogenic properties in various studies. This means the active compounds aid in stopping tumors from growing their own blood vessels. This same compound has been reported by similar studies to have anti-aging properties as well.
More Mushroom Medicinal Uses: Antifungal and Antibacterial Statins, Triterpenes and Chitin
Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus) and Reishi contain statins and triterpenes, which studies have found to produce an antifungal healing property. We know, strange right? Fungi that are antifungal? These mushrooms combat harmful fungi through their medicinal mushroom properties. Mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga and Cordyceps contain chitin, which studies have revealed speeds wound healing, along with antibacterial properties.
Cordycepin: Respiratory and Cardiovascular Tonic and Exercise Performance
Our organic, home-grown mushroom here at Mushroom Revival, Cordyceps militaris, is known amongst the athletic community for enhancing lung capacity and increasing energy. Studies support this reputation of cordyceps mushroom medicinal properties. The active compound, cordycepin, produces a very similar molecular structure to our body’s natural source of energy, ATP.
Check out our organic dried Cordyceps in new biodegradable bags here! You can also go to our Youtube channel for a video on how to make delicious Cordy tea! To learn more about Cordyceps and other mushrooms for energy, visit this blog post.
Mushrooms for Your Healing Journey
We hope you found this information to be helpful. We know that breaking down the properties of medicinal mushrooms in this way has helped us to make new Mushroom Revival blends and incorporate these healers into our lives as medicine more easily. Hopefully it does the same for you! As always, check out some of the links to other blogs, podcasts and our product pages. We are working on new blends and products all the time, so feel free to give us some input and requests!
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- Powell, Martin. Medicinal Mushrooms: a Clinical Guide. Mycology Press, an Imprint of Bamboo Publishing Ltd., 2014.
- “5 Stunning Health Benefits Of Medicinal Mushrooms.” Food Revolution Network, 7 June 2019, foodrevolution.org/blog/medicinal-mushrooms-benefits/.