20 Surprising Facts About Medicinal Mushrooms You Might Not Know

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20 Surprising Facts About Medicinal Mushrooms You Might Not Know

At Wholesun Wellness, we know mushrooms like the back of our hands—but these Superfoods never cease to amaze us! The more we learn, the more we’re enamored by the ability mushrooms have to heal and strengthen our bodies. Whether you know next to nothing or have done heaps of research on medicinal mushrooms, you might learn something new with the following 20 fun facts.

  1. Triterpenoids are one of the most powerful properties extracted from medicinal mushrooms. They help fight cancer, inflammation, and more! Reishi mushrooms contain the highest concentrations of triterpenoids.
  2. Lion’s Mane gets its name from its fur-like exterior.
  3. Maitake mushrooms can grow to be over 13-inches in diameter! That’s why they’re also called the “King of Mushrooms,” “Sheep’s Head,” and “Cloud Mushrooms.”
  4. Cordyceps mushrooms look like a bunch of wriggling worms, but don’t judge a book by its cover!
  5. The part of cordyceps used in medicinal mushrooms extracts is actually it’s flower—although it doesn’t look like your average rose!
  6. The Chaga mushroom has more of a root system than a fruiting body. It symbiotically grows on birch trees—allowing it to absorb vital nutrients.
  7. You can eat shiitake mushrooms and/or take them medicinally. However, they won’t heal you when sauteed or puréed! Instead, you need to use pure, hot water, the sun, and a concentration extraction process to capture all of the medical benefits of this mushroom.
  8. The Turkey Tail mushroom got its nickname (originally called Coriolus) because of its uncanny likeness to a turkey’s tail.
  9. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly grown mushroom in the world. Behind Agaricus Biisporus - the button, portabella, and brown button.
  10. Wholesun Wellness triple tests its mushrooms to ensure purity and potency. The final test is done by a third party that uses rigorous European standards—the highest in the world—before approving extracts for sale.
  11. The growth and extraction processes are the most vital to transferring health benefits from fungi to human. That’s why we use wildcrafted mushrooms or grow them naturally in greenhouses, and use the highest quality standards for extraction.
  12. Over 90 percent of the world’s medicinal mushrooms come from China. Eastern medicine practices have used mushrooms for thousands of years because of their powerful healing abilities.
  13. Medicinal mushrooms have been used to aid in cancer prevention, high cholesterol, obesity, gastrointestinal issues, and so much more.
  14. Many household medicines like penicillin are derived from fungi—although, penicillin, in particular, is a mold, not a mushroom!
  15. The average serving size of medicinal mushrooms (per adult per day) is only half of a teaspoon—but that tiny amount can produce big results!
  16. Many mushrooms like Cordyceps help reduce inflammation in the body.
  17. In extracted powder form, medicinal mushrooms don’t taste “mushroomy” at all! You can mix them into smoothies, juices, yogurt, or any of your favorite foods.
  18. It’s suspected that we only know about 10 percent of all the mushrooms on earth—researchers have documented 140,000 fungi to date!
  19. All mushrooms need four things to thrive: decaying matter to eat, clean water and air, and natural sunlight. WholeSun Wellness mushrooms get all of the above.
  20. Maitake mushrooms are one of the “newer varieties” in the West; they first became popular just 25 years ago.
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