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Medicinal Mushroom Series: Poria (Wolfiporia extensa)

While not much of a looker, the Poria mushroom boasts some interesting and useful medicinal effects when used as a supplement. This mushroom grows underground and was used as a food source to those who came across is, mostly only during times of need and scarcity. Today it can be found dried and ground into a powder for its value as medicine. While much more common in the Traditional Chinese Medicine style of practicing (under the name of Fu-ling), the Poria mushroom has made it's way to the West, so without further delay, here are the top 3 benefits of Wolfiporia extensa! 

1) Anti-Inflammatory

Yet another mushroom that can decrease inflammation in the body. This is not something that should be brushed over easily. Inflammation has been linked to so many disease states in the body, finding something that can control this can only lead to a positive outcome for our long term health.

2) Lowers Blood Sugar and Lipids

Studies show that supplementing with the Poria mushroom has a positive effect on blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The combo of fighting inflammation while simultaneously lowering blood sugar and lipids is a powerful 1,2 punch in the fight against chronic disease. 

3) Immunomodulator

The Poria mushroom is also a fantastic immune system regulator. It has the ability to strengthen the immune system when it is weak, and tone it down when it is overactive. Very useful for anyone who finds themselves getting sick often or those who suffer from autoimmune issues such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

Dr. Rob Raponi ND, CISSN, B.Kine(Hons)

Podcast: Well Talks

Facebook: @Dr.Raponi


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