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Unique Mushrooms With Medicinal Benefits

Mushrooms are a popular superfood packed with nutrients and bio-active compounds that offer endless health benefits. Some mushrooms are medicinal ones that help fight infectious diseases, have cancer-fighting abilities, and many more. In many cultures, especially China and mushrooms have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

In this article, we will explore six unique medicinal mushrooms that are commonly grown in India and discover their health benefits.

Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma)

Reishi, also known as the "king of mushrooms", is a popular immunity booster and sleep aid in Asian cultures. It helps boost immune cell activities, particularly the natural killer cells that defend your body against infections as well as recognize and destroy cancer cells. If you are suffering from insomnia, Reishi can also help you by relaxing your nervous system and enhancing your sleep quality. Consuming Reishi is known to help you with lowering inflammation, replenishing energy, balancing hormones, and improving your cardiovascular health.

You can consume Reishi typically as tea or tinctures.

Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor)

Another immunity-enhancing medicinal fungus with anti-inflammatory qualities is the Turkey tail mushroom which is also known to inhibit cancer growth. Turkey tail also helps to replenish your energy and strength, treating digestive issues, restoring gut function, and increasing muscle strength.

Turkey tail extract and powder are available in the market which you can mix into regular water, juice, or a smoothie.

Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes)

Shiitake mushrooms are a famous delicious and edible fungus that are high in vitamins and minerals, and provide several health benefits like fighting the common cold, reduce your cholesterol, promote cardiovascular health, fight cancer and enhance immunity.

You can enjoy Shiitake mushrooms in your soups or add them to a variety of Indian recipes.

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)

Chaga is one of the most nutrient-rich mushrooms worldwide which is also known as the "mushroom of immortality". Chaga has more than 215 nutritious components and five times the antioxidant content of blueberries, acai berries, and turmeric. Chaga has anti-cancer properties too.

Chaga can also be an excellent substitute for your tea or coffee. Simply mix chaga with hot water and enjoy its benefits.

Lion's Mane (Hericiumerinaceus)

Lion's mane is an unusual-looking fungus that typically grows in Asia, Europe, and North America. It is high in antioxidants and polysaccharides, both of which have several health advantages. Lion's mane helps improve your memory, promote cognitive performance, and regenerate nerve cells. It is also good for people who have peripheral nerve loss, Parkinson's disease, depression, dementia, anxiety, or are recovering from a stroke.

You can consume Lion's Mane mushrooms as tea or as an ingredient in various Indian recipes. Han Agrocare, a company based in Uttarakhand, India, produces Lion's mane capsules, tinctures, and powder which you can easily order online.

Maitake (Grifola frondosa)

Maitake mushroom is highly beneficial to your overall immunity. Maitake is known for preventing and treating cancer and other health conditions like Type 2 Diabetes and Cholesterol. Maitake is rich in vitamins B and C, antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, copper, and potassium.

You can consume maitake as a liquid concentrate or in capsule form.


If you are looking for some interesting health boosters to add to your food plate, medicinal mushrooms can be your go-to. The six medicinal mushrooms mentioned in this article offer unique nutritional properties that help boost your health. You can easily enjoy these mushrooms in your regular diet by adding them to your favorite Indian recipes.

As a mushroom farmer and supplier, Han Agrocare, offers a wide range of unique mushrooms that can provide you with these health benefits. So go ahead and check out their collection of mushrooms today.

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