Functional mushrooms are fungi that have been touted for their health advantages beyond their nutritional content. The specific benefits vary depending on the type of mushroom utilised. However, therapeutic mushrooms and adaptogenic mushrooms are the two primary types of functional mushroom.
Compounds in medicinal mushrooms provide distinct health benefits. Many of these mushrooms have antioxidative and cytotoxic properties1, which means they may be able to control oxidation and kill dangerous cells. While some mushrooms may have medical properties, it is crucial to note that they are nutritional supplements. That is, they are controlled as food rather than pharmaceuticals by the Food and Drug Administration.
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