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What is the medicinal value of mushrooms?

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology
Mushrooms have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, to strengthen immunity and prevent bacteria from disrupting digestion. Watch me share my recipe for a healthy mushroom tea.
Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
Mushrooms are the fleshy, fruiting body of a fungus. They often live on or around dead trees and help decompose plant matter. There are more than 700 edible mushrooms in the world right now, out of an amazing 100,000 varieties. Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in traditional Asian medicine, and scientists today are beginning to discover that many edible mushrooms are potent disease fighters, which can target malignant or cancerous cells while protecting and even supporting the healthy cells that are already in your body. That is a powerful friend to have on your side!

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