Various mushrooms are used to prevent or treat multiple diseases or balance a healthy diet. That said, here are some popular medicinal mushrooms you should know about.
Reishi is a fungus with a leathery, bitter flesh, and woody texture. It is non-palatable but has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries. This mushroom is anti-inflammatory and has a fast effect in arthritis and other chronic inflammation cases. Additionally, it is antiallergic and antiviral. Furthermore, the reishi mushroom can make your blood more fluid and reduce blood pressure. Finally, it contains compounds that can lower the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Turkey tail is a medicinal mushroom with many well-known health benefits. For instance, it contains phytosterols that reduce fat absorption and control blood cholesterol levels. Also, it has molecules of direct action against viruses and bacteria, so it is effective against HPV, HBV, and the Epstein-Barr virus. Also, it is a well-known immune booster.
Maitake is an edible fungus you will commonly find on chestnut trees. Its antiviral, immunoregulatory, and anti-inflammatory properties are some of its well-known benefits. Maitake is also anti-fibrotic and helps with weight control.
This edible fungus has been highly esteemed since ancient Japan and China. Shiitake has aphrodisiac effects and is effective against impotence and low libido. It can also increase your chances of fertility and help with gout.
Cordyceps is a popular medicinal mushroom known for health benefits such as immunoregulation and increasing resistance to fatigue. Also, this mushroom is useful in anxiety cases and can help with vertigo and nausea caused by being nervous. It can also improve the contraction and efficiency of your muscles and stimulate respiratory function in people with asthma and chronic bronchitis.