Medicinal Mushrooms, The Ultimate Superfood, Mushroom Extracts
Mushrooms - Superfood of the Day
Nutritionally, medicinal mushrooms are the ultimate superfood, a “powerhouse of nutrition” with Beta-Glucans and loaded with antioxidants. They provide many important nutrients, including B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper, and vitamin D. They are also great sources of fiber and protein. Today, medicinal mushroom extracts are increasingly recognized for boosting the immune system and modulating many functions of human body for maintenance of good health, necessary in reducing the risk of many health conditions.
Over the centuries, mushroom foragers have thrown caution to the wind with sometimes fatal results. Thus giving many food-safe mushrooms a bad reputation, resulting in two very different categories of people—mycophiles (those who love mushrooms) and mycophobes (those who fear mushrooms). Fungi were most likely cultivated for the first time around the year 600 AD in Asia. In Europe, the first cultivated fungi, the mushroom, was introduced in the 17th century.
The name “mushroom” has been given to over 38,000 varieties of fungus that possess the same gills and cap, but only about 20 species are edible.
Diagrammatic Representation of Mushroom Life Cycle