Medicinal Mushrooms for Stronger Immunity and Cognition


Mushrooms have been looked upon as obscure organic matters since ancient times, growing on almost anything and anywhere. They exist in a huge number of diverse varieties all over the world; some edible, and some quite poisonous.

A few mushrooms available at the medicinal mushroom dispensary are known to possess medicinal properties and have different uses in traditional medicine, particularly for enhancing the immune system. Some mushrooms can also support brain health, cognitive function, and general wellness.

It is believed that the natural defensive traits and chemicals present in mushrooms provide numerous beneficial effects when consumed by humans. It is not required to visit the stores also, as you can now buy shrooms online.  In this post we will only be discussing two main aspects of health that certain mushrooms and their extracts seem to be capable of improving; the body’s immune response and mental functions.

Mushrooms for Immunity

All mushrooms contain beta-glucans, a kind of complex bioactive carbohydrates, which are responsible for stimulation of the immune system and helping to curb tumor development. The following are among the most potent immunity-boosting mushrooms:

Maitake: Rich in antioxidants, beta-glucans, and other nutrients, maitake mushroom has been shown to have positive effects on the body’s immune function, cholesterol levels, and glucose levels.

Cordyceps: This fungus consists of many nutrients, minerals, vitamins, as well as nucleotides acting as antiviral agents. The presence of polysaccharides in cordyceps has been linked to enhanced immune function in animal studies. Cordyceps also has anti-aging, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties.

Turkey tail: This is a well-researched mushroom and is considered one of the most effective in supporting the immune system and fighting off infection, as well as being helpful for digestion and gut health.

Reishi: Traditionally referred to as the “mushroom of immortality”, scientific research signifies the importance of reishi mushroom in boosting immune function and combating cancer.

Shiitake: This is a very well-known and a very nutritious mushroom that is good as food, medicine, or both. Lentinan, a polysaccharide found in shiitake, has potential immunomodulating and anti-tumor activity.

Mushrooms for Cognition

In addition to being used as immunity enhancers, some mushrooms are often used as brain or cognitive enhancer to improve brain health, memory, and other cognitive functions.

Lion’s mane mushroom, also called the “smart mushroom”, is regarded as a nootropic within the community of smart drug users. The alternative health resource Morris on Health (visit website here) acknowledges that lion’s mane mushroom is one of the most effective, scientifically-backed herbal cognitive enhancers.

Scientific studies have shown that lion’s mane can potentially improve brain function, augment memory, and promote concentration. This mushroom is believed to stimulate neuroregeneration within the brain, making it a promising natural remedy for neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

Shiitake, golden, and white button mushrooms, among others, have also shown beneficial effects against mild cognitive impairment, as reported in this Forbes article.

Safety of Consuming Mushrooms

A few points should be considered when consuming medicinal mushrooms:

  • Normally, there isn’t a single ideal dosage of medicinal mushrooms because of the lack of comprehensive clinical trials. It is recommended to start with common lower dosages and, if needed, gradually move on to higher ones.
  • People afflicted with specific bleeding disorders may have a higher chance of bleeding after eating reishi mushrooms, but this is not the case for healthy individuals. Cordyceps also has blood-thinning effects and can increase the chance of bleeding after surgery.
  • People who take anticoagulants or anti-clotting drugs should be cautious and seek medical advice before taking mushroom supplements.
  • In some cases, mushrooms can cause allergic reactions. For example, lion’s mane may lead to breathing problems and skin rashes in people with allergies. If this happens, consumption should be stopped and a doctor consulted.
  • Prolonged use of reishi has contributed to minor side effects in some people, such as digestive discomfort and mild stomach ache. These disappear once consumption has been discontinued.
  • Even though medicinal mushrooms are available as food/dietary supplements and mostly considered to be safe, there is always the possibility of interaction with other medications and supplements. It is therefore advisable to consult a doctor before planning to use mushroom products for the treatment of any health condition.

Medicinal mushrooms are becoming more and more popular, and they are available online from many brands and vendors, either as dried whole fruit, raw powder, or extracts. Not all products are of the same quality though, so it is important to conduct adequate research on the brand before purchasing as some companies offer low quality products mixed with several additives.

Share this


The Story Behind the Famous “King of Beers” Slogan for Budweiser

Budweiser is a prominent name in the beer industry, known for its iconic slogan "King of Beers." This slogan has an interesting history that reflects the brand's journey in the United States. German immigrant Adolphus Busch arrived in the country in 1857 and later married Lilly Anheuser. He began working at his father-in-law's brewery, which would eventually become Anheuser-Busch. By...

10 Fascinating Facts About Dos Equis The Most Interesting Man in the World

When it comes to iconic advertising campaigns, few can rival the impact of "The Most Interesting Man in the World." Created by Dos Equis (Dos XX), this character quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Here are 10 fascinating facts about the man who captured the world's imagination. If you are interested to learn more about the story of the beer, you...

How Was Beer Made in the 16TH Century?

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin, led by Dr. Susan Flavin, spent three years recreating 16th-century household beers to study their strength and nutritional value. The study highlighted the importance of ale and beer in the early modern diet. Earlier studies suggested that rural men drank about four pints of beer daily, while skilled stonemasons working for the Church received up...

Recent articles

More like this