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There are at least 38,000 species of mushrooms identified today. It is true that some species are toxic and should not be consumed. As a result, private mushroom cultivation started in France in the 1800's. This of course initiated the genesis of a unique and profitable business for those inclined. Still today, most of the mushrooms we consume are produced by private mushroom growers. You may even purchase mushroom cultivation kits of your own. Some of the edible types of mushrooms now purchasable include Oyster, Shitake, Enoki, Chanterelle, Portobello, Porcini, Agaricus and the regular button cap we are all familiar with. It is truly a mushroom smorgas board out there. A wonder to behold.
As of late, mushrooms have rendered magic mushroom chocolate the spotlight as they are under close scrutiny for their potential medicinal properties. A "new class" of mushrooms, referred to as medicinal mushrooms has been formed which include Maitake Mushrooms, Shiitake, Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, and Reishi to name a few. As of today, actual scientific and formal University research around the world is attempting to delve into what exactly it is these little wellness promoting fungal bundles may have to offer the spectrum of human well being. To date, mushrooms, in particular, the identified medicinal species, have been shown to have anti-tumor, ant-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. This is not to mention certain species that have been identified as helping to reduce stress, increase sexual performance, act as a nerve tonic, and help lower cholesterol.