Diet - The Magic of Mushrooms

Health Benefits

  • Enhance immunity
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved insulin resistance
  • Reduced cancer risk


Mushrooms are the fruiting body of a fungus. That may sound gross, but mushrooms are actually delicious—not to mention packed with powerful nutrients. This Action Step is going to show you how to add more of these nutritional powerhouses into your diet.


With this Action Step, you’ll be asked to eat mushrooms each day. You’ll also learn valuable information about these wonderful culinary classics. Get your apron ready, Thriver, because you’ll be cookin’ up some mushrooms this week

Why It Works

The research involving medicinal mushrooms is expanding and confirming that these mushrooms contain active compounds that can enhance immunity, help control blood pressure and in one case (lion’s mane) protect brain function. Several of these mushrooms have even been the subject of Phase I, II, and III human clinical trials.


Chung-Hau H, Yang-Li L, Su-Ching L, et al. The mushroom agaricus blazei murill in combination with metformin and gliclazide improves insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes: A randomized, double-blinded, and placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Alt Comp Med. 2007;13(1):97-102.

Wasser SP. Medicinal mushroom science: current perspectives, advances, evidences and challenges. Biomedical Journal. 2014;37(6):345-356.

Wong KH, Naidu M, David RP, Bakar R, Sabaratnam V. Neurogenerative potential of lion’s mane mushroom, Hericium erinaceus, in the treatment of peripheral nerve injury (review). Int J Med Mushrooms. 2012;14(5):427-46.

Zhang M, Huang J, Xie X, Holman CD, Dietary intakes of mushrooms and green tea combine to reduce the risk of breast cancer in Chinese women. Int J Cancer. 2009 Mar 15;124(6):140.