Other Uses of Medicinal Mushrooms: "Ask the Doc" with Dr. Daniel Nuzum
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Okay, so our question is, “So Doc, is there any way we can benefit from medicinal mushrooms outside of taking supplements?”
Well, the answer is yes. Yes, you can. The thing to be aware of is mushrooms can still have heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides in them. They’re a food. So, just like the food at the grocery store can still be contaminated with herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals, and those types of things.
It would be important that you find organically grown mushrooms, number one. And you can get things like in tea form, or in powder form, and those types of things. Normally, those types of things, as long as they’re organic, would be pretty safe. I would look for something where they’re actually testing to see whether or not there are heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, in particular, in those mushrooms.
I’ll give you an example. In soil and water remediation, sometimes we use mushrooms for cleanup. So, let’s say we have an oil spill. There are mushrooms we can plant on an oil spill, in the ground, that will—they’ll absorb all of the oil in the ground. And it’s interesting. These mushrooms are white mushrooms. And as they absorb the oil from the ground, they turn black as night. But then as they mature through their life cycle and they get into a full mature mushroom, they turn white again.
Now what’s interesting is when they’re fully grown, they don’t have any petroleum oil or anything like that in their system, but the one thing they still have is they still have some of the heavy metals from the petroleum. So, that’s just one example.
So, these things can pick up things from the environment, so on and so forth. So, I would stick with certified organic mushrooms if you’re going to be consuming mushrooms outside of a supplement. And even like tea products and things like that, I’d look for certified organic products.
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