2. They Im­pact the Health of Your Gut

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We know that mush­rooms strengthen the im­mune sys­tem, and one im­por­tant way they do this is by act­ing as a pre­bi­otic, or food for ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria in the gut, thereby supporting a healthy mi­cro­biome, ac­cord­ing to Bove. Cell walls of fun­gus con­tain com­pounds called beta-glu­cans, and it’s those pow­er­ful com­pounds that have pre­bi­otic prop­er­ties. Bove points out that one medic­i­nal mush­room in par­tic­u­lar, lion’s mane, con­trols the func­tion­ing of the en­teric ner­vous sys­tem that con­trols di­ges­tion and GI motil­ity and pro­duces 95% of the mood-reg­u­lat­ing neu­ro­trans­mit­ter sero­tonin found in the body. While lion’s mane is best known for its ben­e­fits to cog­ni­tive health, one of the rea­sons it works may ac­tu­ally stem from its ac­tion in the gut, she ex­plains. (Put this on your radar: Bove says lion’s mane is the mush­room to keep an eye on – it’s en­joy­ing a surge in pop­u­lar­ity!)

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