Medicinal mushrooms can enhance and balance the immune system, as well as treat cancer. Research has proven that some mushrooms have a potential anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and liver conserving compounds. Mushrooms has a rich history of medicinal use throughout the world, especially in certain parts of Asia. Medical mushrooms such as the shiitake, Lentinula edodes, mannentake, Ganoderma lucidum and maitake, Grifola frondosa has been used by certain cultures for centuries.
CSIRO, Australia’s biggest food research organization confirmed the health benefits of some of these mushrooms during 2012. The report declared evidence of various uses such as, medical, dietary and other health benefits of medical mushrooms. The association stated that mushrooms are the most important fungi after penicillin.
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