Mushrooms are part of the fungi kingdom, and have a strong mystical connection in myth and folklore. Many mushrooms and fungi can be poisonous or hallucinogenic, though the majority are very safe and have great health benefits. For a long time there has been a great deal of fear around mushrooms and the fungi kingdom, there have been many mushroom myths which have made people wary to consume mushrooms, so let’s clear some of these up.
All Mushrooms cause Candida
Mushrooms have a bad reputation in some circles, largely peddled by those pushing anti-candida diets and encouraging people to cut out all mushrooms because they exacerbate the condition. In fact, many of the medicinal mushrooms like Shiitake are extremely effective against candida. Shiitake is a beneficial yeast, and we need good yeast to overcome bad yeast. Shiitake supports the immune response against candida, and targets the pathogen directly to eradicate it. Those trying to get rid of candida needn’t fear all mushroom products, get some shiitake in your life!
Mushrooms stimulate the immune system
Mushrooms are the true adaptogens, they modulate and give the body what it needs. If the immune system is under-active then they will stimulate it to improve its functioning, but if it is overactive, as in the case of an auto-immune condition, they will not continue to stimulate it, and instead will regulate it.
Mushrooms have no nutritional value
They may be a beige food, but mushrooms actually have a lot of nutritional benefits. Packed with antioxidants, medicinal compounds, vitamins, minerals, fibre, amino acids and so much more.
All mushroom products are the same
Not all mushroom products are the same. What is important to look for and ask is where the mushrooms are grown, and on what medium, if they are organic, how they are extracted, and what parts of the mushroom are used, all these factors can affect the final product. We work with mushroom expert Martin Powell to source the highest quality ‘shrooms from around the globe.
Mushrooms are poisonous
There are more than 1.5 million types of fungi, and some are poisonous- though it is a very small number. Some fungi may contain mycotoxins which are poisonous to humans, but the medicinal mushrooms are non-toxic and perfectly safe for human consumption. If you are going foraging, then go with a mushroom foraging expert, who knows what to look for and what to avoid.
There’s no science to back up the benefits
Complete myth, as there have been over 100,000 studies on functional mushrooms in Asia alone in the last 10 years, and there has been in a huge increase in mushroom related studies in the west over the last few years as they have become a popular wellness product. The research is there, and cultures have been using these mushrooms for thousands of years for health benefits.
Hopefully that has cleared up some common mushroom myths, and highlighted that there is nothing to be scared of with medicinal mushrooms. Explore their benefits, and give them a try!