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Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

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Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

Alana Kessler

On May 5th, we visited the Union Square Greenmarket and learn more about the fascinating subject that is medicinal mushrooms. Joe Rizzo, the owner of Blue Oyster cultivation, showed us his collection and display of both edible and inedible mushrooms and shared with us some the unique benefits. Here is a brief synopsis of what we learned!

Benefits of the Reishi Mushroom:

  • reduce stress

  • decrease symptoms of depression

  • improve the quality and quantity of sleep

  • contains both anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects

  • Many people reap the benefits of it by making tea or using it in its powder form. The second mushroom discussed is the Turkey Tail mushroom.

Benefits of the Turkey Tail Mushroom:

  • rebounding of the immune system after cancer treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy

  • boosts the immune system and contains a prebiotic content, helping with the gut microbiome and aiding in digestion. Lastly, the Chaga mushroom.

Benefits of the Chaga Mushroom:

  • immune boosting symptoms

  • proven beneficial with counteractive the cancer treatments’ negative side effects

  • contains many antioxidants, which lower LDL cholesterol, reducing blood pressure

  • contains compounds which increase the body’s production of antibodies, which fight pathogens.