Why People are Paying Attention to the Connections Between Mushrooms and Gut Health
There is a reason for the fad around gut health — it has been proven that our ‘second brain’ is in our gut, which has an enormous impact on our brain chemistry. The health of our internal ecosystems is not to be dismissed. Consider an important lesson from nature: there is strength in diversity. As humans, the majority of our food is plant- and animal-based, but we run the risk of overlooking an entire kingdom of nurturing organisms. Let’s talk about mushrooms and gut health, and how adding more fungal-based foods can encourage that sacred, necessary diversity within us.
Mushrooms as Prebiotics
Mushrooms don’t necessarily have a reputation as being beneficial to gut heath; however, their carbohydrate profiles make them a great choice for prebiotics. Mushrooms contain chitin, a variety of other carbohydrate forms including, β and α-glucans, mannans, xylans, hemicellulose, and galactans. These components stimulate gut microbiota growth.
When friendly bacteria is predominate, you are equipped with a powerful internal army that supports overall health. You metabolism is active, your mind is clear, your energy is abundant, and your mood improved.
Probiotics and prebiotics are both essential to keep this microbiome in optimal health. In short, probiotics replenish gut bacteria, while prebiotics nourish gut bacteria. Think of consuming probiotics like adding fish to a pond, and prebiotics like nourishing the fish already in the pond. This is the main connection between consumption of medicinal mushrooms and gut health.
It’s impossible to discuss mushrooms and gut health without also mentioning mushrooms’ cousin, kombucha. By now, may of us are well aware of the benefits of kombucha, and how it can do wonders on our gut health. The science is there, and we encourage the trend! But is this mushroom medicine?
There is a common misconception that kombucha comes from a mushroom. This is kind of true, and is largely due to a misunderstanding of fungi. Mushrooms are fungi, but only make up a fraction of the kingdom. That is to say, a fungus is not usually a mushroom. Fungi encompasses an entire kingdom, and many fungal species do not fruit any mushrooms, simply remaining as an expanding mycelial network.
Yeast is also a part of the fungi kingdom, and it is in fact the fungus that makes kombucha. Scoby (the “starter seed” for making kombucha) is an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The yeast used to culture most kombucha is either acetobacter xylinoides or acetobacter ketogenum.
Mushrooms and Gut Health: Turkey Tail Mushroom
While consuming a variety of mushrooms and fermented foods, like kombucha, will equip you with all those good prebiotics, turkey tail stands out as a powerhouse of nutrients for our microscopic friends. In vitro studies show that turkey tail increases populations of good bacteria, namely Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus, and decreases populations of bad bacteria. The bad bacteria combated by turkey tail include: Clostridium, Staphylococcus, E. coli and Shigella. So, let us be good hosts and help keep the party free from unfriendly, harmful guests by adding turkey tail to the regimen.
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