Mushrooms are much more than tasty food. They possess documented health benefits that are undeniable. Science is only beginning to understand the complexities of the Fungi Kingdom. At present, we have only begun to scratch the surface of their potential to help humanity and our world.
Paul Stamets is the foremost Mycologist in America and a leader in the field. His work has astounding implications. To the right, you will find a video of his presentation at the 2008 TED Talks. This video will change how you think about fungi.
We make no claims as to the health benefits of any particular mushroom. We do, however, encourage you to learn for yourself about the numerous potential health benefits of medicinal mushrooms. Below are links to get you started. The Medicinal Mushroom Information Center is also a good place to start.
Excellent nutrition info from Nutrition Today magazine.
Medicinal Mushroom overview from Cooking Light Magazine, Jan 3, 2018.
German study on "The Pharmacological Potential of Mushrooms ".
Study on "mushrooms as anti-cancer therapeutics"
Benefits of Reishi from Natural News
Great article on Reishi by Alan Muskat
"The Mighty Oyster Mushroom: The Workhorse of Gourmet Fungi" Huffington Post March 27, 2013
"The Many Health Benefits of Mushroom Consumption" is an excellent article by Dr. Mercola.
"Mushrooms-Biologically Distinct and Nutritionally Unique", Nutrition Today, Dec. 2014.
"Mushroom Varieties Nutrition Chart" - Mushroom Council
"Mushroom Nutrients" - Mushroom Council
"Pleurotus ostreatus: an oyster mushroom with nutritional and medicinal properties"
Biochemical Technology Society 2014
Reuters reports that a 2009 study indicates that women who consume mushrooms & green tea may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
See a list of studies on Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail Mushroom)
Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Trametes versicolor in Women with Breast Cancer
See a list of studies on Ganoderma sp. (Reishi Mushrooms)
Intersting new research on Reishi and our gut bacteria
2019 Study Polysaccharide peptide of Ganoderma lucidum [Reishi]: a potential inducer for vascular repair in type 2 diabetes mellitus model
GENERAL NUTRITION INFORMATION
8 oz. of sliced mushrooms contain about 20 calories, yet provides significant nutrients in relation to their low calorie content — top goodies include folate, thiamine, vitamin B-6, iron, copper,potassium, and zinc. Mushrooms also contain powerful antioxidants such as L-ergothioneine and Selenium. Shitake and oyster mushrooms have the highest amounts of these antioxidants; cremini, portabella and button mushrooms have lower amounts but are still considered good sources. Mushrooms are fat-free, gluten-free, cholecterol-free, and are low in calories and sodium. Mushrooms are the leading source of the essential antioxidant Selenium. Antioxidants, like Selenium, protect body cells from damage that might lead to chronic diseases. They help to strengthen the immune system, as well. Most mushrooms have a high protein content, usually around 20-30% by dry weight.