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Mushrooms: Health Uses – But So Much More!

Mushrooms are our obsession here at AdaptogenShrooms! We can’t stop talking about the awesome, unique qualities of our fungal friends, but there are other aspects of mushrooms that excite us as well. We thought it was time to share some information about these strange creatures beyond how they are used for health.

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Mushrooms as biosolvents

Similar to human immune systems, natural habitats also operate with a delicate balance of components that can be affected if one or two are thrown out of balance. Fungi can help repair indoor landscapes and, similarly, can restore the balance of an ecosystem that has been damaged by human activity, disease or natural disaster. Mycelial generations break down the forest material leading to topsoil growth, increased moisture levels and increased environmental diversity.

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According to Paul Stamets, mushrooms can play a role in habitat restoration through infiltration, reforestation, muscle regeneration and as a source of natural pesticides (1). We can use mushrooms to filter and purify water sources, for an example of mycofiltration. The mycelium in this case filters out microorganisms, pollutants and debris. The result is that downstream from mushroom-rich environments there is less river silt, less erosion and more stable water levels.

Using mushrooms to remove toxins or reduce toxic activity in the environment is what is meant by muscle rehabilitation. Like no other, the mushroom mycelium acts as a molecular disassembler through the use of digestive enzymes secreted by the fungus, breaking down long-chain molecular toxins into smaller, less polluting molecules (1). To achieve this level of environmental cleanup, mycelium is mixed into contaminated soils, or an already established mycelium layer can be placed directly over a contamination site.

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Mushroom fruiting bodies will accumulate toxins and heavy metals that are attracted to these dangerous locations, so knowing the history of the land is always essential when wild foraging for mushrooms. For example, delicious Matsutakes are a treasured find for any mushroom hunter, however, Mastu’s are also some of the best arsenic accumulators (1). If the mushrooms are used for bioremediation, the fruiting bodies from these sites must then be collected and disposed of, ensuring that they are not ingested by humans or animals.

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