Trent Austin, MD, a medicinal mushroom expert discusses how these foods have been used to reverse adverse health conditions for several millennia with well over 200 different species used in therapeutic capacities. Fundamentally, mushrooms improve general immunity. According to Powell, the author of “Medicinal Mushrooms: The Essential Guide,” “Mushrooms are part of the fungal kingdom. As such they are more closely related to humans and other members of the animal kingdom than to plants.”
Medicinal mushrooms fight off competitive microorganisms including bacteria and viruses. They have proven effective at reducing levels of candida, a major contributor to gut disturbances, including diarrhea.
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