Since thousands of year, mushrooms are used as a source of medicinal and culinary purposes. The mushroom world is vast, with thousands of different species. They all have their own benefits and unique features. Continue reading.
Mushrooms can be found in different sizes and shapes. Some of the common edible mushrooms are shiitakes, button mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and portobello. They are delicious and also full of nutrients such as potassium, B vitamins, and copper.
As well as being an excellent source of nutrition, mushrooms are also used for traditional medicine. Many mushroom species contain bioactive substances that are known to possess anti-tumor properties and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Chinese medicine has used the reishi fungus for many centuries to improve the immune system, reduce inflammation, and increase energy.
Psilocybin, psilocin and other secondary metabolites are also produced by mushrooms, with powerful psychoactive effects. They are present in certain mushrooms like Psilocybecubensis, Amanitamuscaria and Psilocybe muscaria and they are the compounds that cause hallucinogenic experiences.
Recent research on mushrooms’ potential health benefits has brought light to the controversy surrounding their use for medicinal and psychoactive purposes. Psilocybin can be used therapeutically to treat conditions like depression, anxiety or addiction.
As well as their therapeutic potential, mushrooms play an essential role in our environment. The mushrooms are an integral part of many ecosystems and play a key role in the nutrient cycle and soil health. Researchers are studying mushrooms for their ability to reduce climate change through the sequestration of carbon in the air.