Fungi for Optimal Wellness: Mushroom Health Benefits
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The health benefits of mushrooms are many. Starting with the basics, there are three main parts to all medicinal mushrooms:
■ MUSHROOM FRUITING BODY
The spore is the beginning of the mushroom life cycle (like a seed).
Each germinating spore produces a hypha (fungal body) that spreads out and grows into a network of branches called a mycelium. Mycelium from a single spore looks for a compatible partner mycelium and fuses with it, beginning their adult (reproducing) life. The adult mycelium is able to initiate mushroom formation given the appropriate conditions.
The mushroom is produced above ground and is the reproductive structure of the fungus (like a flower shedding pollen). There exists the “fruiting body” of the mushroom, which will produce more spores in order to reproduce.