Of Mycelium and Men: Health Benefits of the Humble Fungi

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The humble mushroom – you enjoy it on a pizza, packed in a sandwich or loaded into a stew. But have you ever stopped to consider this unassuming fungus as something more than a delicious accompaniment?

Mushrooms are an incredibly biodiverse group of organisms. Experts estimate that the Kingdom Fungi has between roughly two and four million species, each distinct in its flavour, appearance and beneficial properties. Fungal mycelium – the branching, interconnected networks that give rise to mushrooms – can be vast, stretching over three and a half square miles in some cases. In other words: fungi are diverse, sprawling, and their connection to humans can’t be understated.

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