Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushroom extracts have been used in Chinese Medicine for centuries with restoring immune competency and improving health from a variety of serious health conditions.  Some of the most commonly used medicinal mushrooms include:  Reishi, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, and Chaga.  Clinical research shows that the best results come from mushroom supplements that are prepared using hot water extraction to ensure potency of the product.  Mushroom Science is a premier manufacturer that uses hot water extraction and provides a highly effective supplement.  Their products are prepared utilizing methods from published scientific research.  Click here for more information.  Marjie’s Pantry carries the Mushroom Science brand.

Specific Mushroom Benefits

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) – is one of the most revered herbs in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine.  It is probably the best choice for an overall health tonic to improve health and increase longevity.  Clinically used for long-term immune support, hepatitis C, hypercholesterolemia, altitude sickness, and diabetes.

Cordyceps – helps to increase stamina, energy levels, and endurance.  In China it is commonly used with the elderly for rejuvenation and stamina and is considered a “super-ginseng”.  Cordyceps has a balancing effect on the body and is considered an adaptogen.  For this reason many holistic practitioners will recommend it for adrenal dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and male impotence.  It has a diverse effect on the immune system and is also clinically used for chronic bronchitis, chronic renal (kidney) failure, heart disease, tinnitus (ringing in ears), and emphysema.

Turkey Tail (Coriolus PSP) – this is a well-studied mushroom extract.  One of the world’s leading anticancer drugs is made from this mushroom.  Clinically used for chronic infections in the respiratory, urinary, and digestive tracts and as an adjunctive treatment for esophageal, lung, stomach, breast, and colon cancers.  Used to prevent side effects and immune suppression from chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) – when grown on living birch trees, not only contains beta-glucan but also contains other active compounds, primarily betulinic acid and polyphenols, which gives Chaga extracts powerful anti-oxidant properties.  Chaga has potent immune stimulating properties and is well known for promoting good health and longevity.