Why Functional Mushrooms are Good for You

Why Functional Mushrooms are Good for You

There are over 10,000 known species of mushrooms in the world and they fall into three categories: functional, edible, and psychedelic. Within the functional category, we find two elements that make these fungi so beneficial.

  1. Ergothioneine - this naturally occurring metabolite of histidine (amino acid) is found in mushrooms, plants, and animals. Histidine is used by the body for the development and maintenance of healthy tissues. Specifically of interest is histidine’s effect on the myelin sheaths which coat nerve cells for accurate transmission of communication from the brain to different parts of the body. 

Although peer reviewed studies are still in testing phases, ergothioneine is commonly and successfully used for inflammation, blood sugar disorders, joint pain, sexual disorders, and cognitive changes ¹,²

  1. Polysaccharides -  mushrooms are made of chitin (modified glucose monomers that make up the walls of fungi). Which means they remain undigested until they reach the colon. Once in the colon the polysaccharides (highest in the fruiting bodies) in the chitin stimulate the growth and survival of beneficial bacteria, hence their inclusion as a prebiotic. This prebiotic quality is one of the reasons mushrooms are utilized for their effect on the immune system, blood pressure and blood sugar disorders.³

After all that fancy talk you are probably thinking, “So, why are functional mushrooms good for me?” It’s simple, they contain substances that show the potential to maintain healthy cells, nerves, and intestinal fortitude. While ergothioneine and polysaccharides are present in all functional mushrooms, each species has its own unique benefits that can be applied to one’s individual needs.

Contact the Silo Reboot team today to discover how our functional mushroom tinctures can fit into your daily routine.








  1. - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322498606_Mushroom_Polysaccharides_as_a_Potential_Prebiotics