Medicinal Mushrooms

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The offering of medicinal items in this world is growing at a rapid rate. One item has gained a plethora of attention lately for its usage. Stars such as Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow have been singing its praise. Well, could it work out for you?

More Than Meets The Eye

When it comes to mushrooms, they’re mainly used for cooking. You can find them being used as pizza toppings or as part of a soup. Many people don’t think about the medicinal side of this fungus. Since the dawn of time, mushrooms have been used in various medicinal treatments in China and Japan.

“Many of them have potent antiviral and antitumor properties, while some support metabolic and inflammatory conditions such as hypertension and cholesterol,” practitioner Erica Steele told Greatist.

Pick And Choose

Not every kind of mushroom can deliver health benefits, though. A select few are used more than others. Lion’s mane is perfect for preventing brain issues such as memory loss. Shiitake, which is often found in mouth rinse, is great for promoting healthy skin.

Maitake helps lower blood sugar levels and treats infertility. All of these mushrooms can be eaten raw and used in recipes. “As long as you’re not eating them off someone’s lawn, foraging for them in the woods (unless you really know what you are doing), or eating ones sprayed with pesticides, you should be OK unless you have a glutamine allergy,” Dr. Elizabeth Trattner told The Fine Line Mag.

Not There Yet

One problem surrounding medicinal mushrooms is that many of them aren’t really used in hospitals. Since many people consider them as food, their purpose as a medical boost has been ignored by doctors.

Fortunately, the medical world’s mindset on mushrooms will change over time. “In the next 10 years, we’ll just see an incredible expansion of our awareness of chemicals in mushrooms, hopefully even their use in conventional medicine,” professor George Hudler told CNN.