The Best Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms are unique elements, usually made up of a stem and a cap. However, there are all shapes and colors. Some are edible, others are poisonous. The fungus has the particularity of being neither an animal nor a plant. It represents a reign in its own right. It is therefore defined as a saprophyte: it requires decomposing matter to develop. Its cells are similar to those of plants, but they do not have a chloroplast. Thus, the fungus feeds like an animal: it is heterotrophic.

Among the many varieties of mushrooms that exist, some are endowed with extraordinary medicinal powers. Natura Force lists the best medicinal mushrooms in the world here.

Cordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps, the scientific name of which is “cordyceps sinensis”, is a fungus highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for thousands of years for its ability to invigorate the body and improve longevity. It contains vitamins E, K, B1, B2 and B12 as well as minerals (magnesium, calcium, iron and copper), amino acids and proteins.

Reishi ganoderma

Ganoderma lucidum also called Reishi is a mushroom that remains quite unknown in the world, despite its many virtues. In Japan, it is called Reishi. In China, its name Ling Zhi. It has been used for over 4,000 years in traditional medicine, especially for its ability to invigorate the body. It therefore contains proteins, but also many other elements such as glycoproteins, ganoderic and ganodérénic acids and arabinoxylans.

Lion’s mane

Also known as Yamabushitake, the mushroom known as “lion’s mane” is among the best medicinal mushrooms in the world. It is used a lot in Chinese cuisine, especially in vegetarian dishes. Its components are also essentially antioxidants.

The shiitake

Shiitake is a mushroom also known as “Oak Lentin”. Once cooked, it takes on a black color, which earned it the nickname “black mushroom”. Its scent is pleasant and sweet, but this mushroom is especially known for the richness of its composition: vitamins B (B2, B3, B6), D, mineral salts: manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc potassium… It is in Korea, Japan and China it is consumed the most. Nonetheless, it has exported to the West in recent years.


Often referred to as “the mushroom of vitality”, maïtake has been used for thousands of years in Asia, and more particularly in Japan. It is known to be beneficial for health and longevity, which is part of the reason for its use.


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