The health benefits of Meshima mushrooms

Meshima (Phellinus linteus) is also known as song gen, sanghuang and black hoof mushroom. It got the name “black hoof” because Meshima sometimes looks like a horse’s hoof. It is a type of functional mushroom found growing on Mulberries in black and brown varieties. Meshima has been used for centuries in ancient Chinese herbalism.

In the alternative health space, Meshima is known to support the immune system and can support immune system function at healthy levels.

Meshima is usually taken in combination with other functional mushrooms such as Maitake and Reishi. You can find Meshima, Maitake and Reishi in the Daily 10 Tincture which is packed with seven other amazing mushrooms. Like many other functional mushrooms, Meshima contains special carbohydrates called polysaccharides and beta-glucans. Meshima contains both ellagic acid and caffeic acid. Both are natural chemicals believed to have antioxidant activity.

When you decide to incorporate a Meshima mushroom supplement into your daily wellness ritual, be sure to do your research and purchase only organic mushroom extracts made from the whole fruiting body. In case you were wondering, the fruiting body of the mushroom looks like a mushroom.

The sad truth is that some manufacturers will simply use mycelium on grain to make a quick buck. By doing this they do not wait for the mushroom to grow. Instead, they will simply grind the mycelium into grains like rice. When manufacturers do this, you are essentially only paying for the filler and not getting the beta-glucans and polysaccharides.

Meshima can be used in tea, coffee, soups and smoothies. In some Asian cultures, especially Chinese and Korean, Meshima was brewed into tea.

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