Mushrooms 101

The Magic of Mushrooms

Hi! It's Becky here, one of the co-founders of Mushbloom®. It is easy for me to say that mushrooms are amazing. As a nutritionist I've seen and felt the miracles they can provide. As an anthropologist, I’ve been able to see how these amazing fungi have been used throughout time.
When I talk to clients about mushrooms, people often make a face, as if I’m a parent forcing them to eat their veggies before they're able to have dessert.
It doesn't have to be that way! Mushrooms truly are magical, so let's get some things straight:
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  • 50,000

    Types of Mushrooms (and counting)
  • $30 Billion

    Annual Sales of FDA Approved Medicines From Fungi
  • 90 Miles

    Of mushroom mycellium under every step we take on earth

What Are Mushrooms?

Mushrooms are neither plant nor animal. They are part of a different class altogether: Fungi. Mushrooms are like the fruit of a plant, created when millions of microscopic spores from one mushroom blow away into the wind, spreading their “seed spores”. If they land on something organic such as wood or soil, the spores will create a network of microscopic rooting threads called Mycelium.

Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus. It is a network of cells living within and throughout almost all landmasses on Earth. More than 8 miles of these cells can be found in a cubic inch of soil!

There are over 50,000 species of mushrooms, most are edible and safe to eat, while others pose a great risk of harm if consumed or touched, and approximately 2% are poisonous. The rest of these miraculous fungi have amazing medicinal properties that can be used for prevention, alleviation, or healing of multiple diseases.

There are three main kinds of mushrooms:

Saprotrophic mushrooms . These mushrooms feast on dead and decaying matter while they aid in the decomposition process. Saprotrophic mushrooms release special enzymes that encourage the deterioration of organic matter. Shiitake, morels, oyster, and button mushrooms all belong to the saprotrophic category of mushrooms.

Parasitic mushrooms. Some fungi are designed to feed off other plant life. Detrimental to the host plant, parasitic mushrooms provide no benefit to its host. Examples of parasitic mushrooms include chaga and lion’s mane

Mycorrhizal mushrooms. This type of mushroom gives and receives benefits from other plants. The mycelium is often supported by and dependent upon the roots of other plants for structure. Mycorrhizal mushrooms also help hydrate a plant that provides sugars to return the favor. In this symbiotic relationship, both the mushroom and plant can grow stronger and larger. Mushrooms in this group include porcini mushrooms and truffles.

How Do Mushrooms Benefit Humans?

There are numerous studies to answer this question, and we suggest conducting research at reputable sources like www.NIHB.org. Here are a few benefits studies say mushrooms contain or provide:

Aids in Overall Health and Wellness
Cancer-fighting, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties are well-documented
Relieve Depression, Anxiety Improve Gut Health and Immunity

Kills Bacterias and Infections
When threatened by bacteria or other pathogens, fungi produce powerful defensive enzymes called secondary metabolites.These are enzymes packed full of unique antibacterial and antifungal compounds. Called “co-culturing”, where penicillin, among many other life saving medicines come from.
One day you may “feed” a fungus to your strep throat culture, for example, and the fungus would produce a medicine designed precisely for you and your illness—a patient- and disease-specific antibiotic. This is coming in the very near future.

Replace Plastic
By using mycelium—the mushroom version of a root system— companies can mold things like you do in the plastics industry.
People can create materials that do many, if not all, of the same jobs as plastic.
And because they're made of natural materials, they're 100-percent compostable in your own backyard.

Assist in Agriculture
Certain mushrooms, like cordyceps, can be cultured in such a way that an offending pest will consume the fungi and become infected.
It finally kills the pest, and then produces a mushroom of sorts whose spores will seek another similar host.
The remaining colony or pests will have a choice: either move away or also become susceptible to the fungi.
As more and more of these fungi are discovered and their preferred bugs are identified, there’s much potential to employ them as a way of eliminating particular pests without collateral damage to other beneficial bugs—an important component these fungi would possess over many current biopesticides.

Correct PTSD
Evidence that suggests psilocybin mushrooms, when taken under supervision and in the right doses, can help correct PTSD, alcoholism, and cluster headaches.
Clean the Environment
Mushrooms have the ability to deconstruct oil and petrochemicals through mycoremediation (Mycoremediation is a form of bioremediation in which fungi-based remediation methods are used to decontaminate the environment. ). Mushrooms can place carbon into the soil after digesting the waste as as food!

Do Mushrooms have Nutritional Benefits?
Short answer: YES.

Mushrooms are very high in important nutrients. Assuming you don't have an allergy or any contraindications such as pregnacy or auto-immune disorders (by the way, ALWAYS speak to your doctor before adding new supplements ro your diet), they contain a long list of powerful nutrients that make them a great source to add to your daily diet for your overall health!

Vitamin B What is vitamin B good for energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism
Riboflavin, Niacin, and Pantothenic acid This combination helps protect heart health.
  • Riboflavin is good for red blood cells.
  • Niacin is good for the digestive system and for maintaining healthy skin
  • Pantothenic acids Selenium and Erogothioneine are powerful anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits when consumed
  • Potassium
    Mushrooms contain a large amount of potassium. Potassium is great for diabetics, nerve signals, muscle health and hydration.
    Vitamin D
    Mushroom is the only non-animal organism that creates Vitamin D!
    Vitamin D facilitates the immune system, keeps teeth and bones strong, helps with weight loss, fights depression and improves the absorption of calcium.
    Beta-Glucan - Beta-glucan is believed to enhance immune response, improve cholesterol, and support heart health. Mushrooms are an excellent source of beta-glucan.
    Phytochemicals Phytochemicals have been shown to impart anti-aging and anti-cancer benefits. Some of the phytochemicals found in mushrooms include alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides, and phenols. It is believed that these phytochemicals help the body ward off toxins, recover from illness, and alleviate pain.

    Certain Mushrooms (the ones in Mushbloom®) are also "Adaptogenic"

    Adaptogens are plants that help support balance in the body, whether in relation to stress, poor sleep, poor diet, or overwhelming moments. Some are used for calming, stimulation, immune response, mental focus, and so much more.
    Each mushroom has its own adaptogens to support the body in so many ways. Look at each of our products to see the adaptogenic qualities of those mushrooms and the superfood blends overall!