November 03, 2021


I have been using mycotherapy for several years now, both with myself and with the patients on the team. Because?

Medicinal mushrooms contain more than 150 bioactive compounds in their highly prebiotic structure: B-glucans, coenzyme Q10, Omega 3, vitamins and minerals... which are used to support the treatment of various pathologies.

The β-glucans present in all medicinal mushrooms upon reaching the intestine are captured by the cells in Peyer's patches, the lymphatic tissue that lines the mucous membranes and the intestine, facilitating the transport of these molecules to the spleen, lymph nodes and bone marrow, where they interact with cells of the immune system to activate immune function.

Not only do they help to increase and strengthen the response of our immune system but they also show a regulatory capacity, so they are also recommended in cases of autoimmune pathologies, environmental or food allergies.

These are also used for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacity, which can help us in cases of pathologies such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, intestinal permeability or digestive dysbiosis problems (candidiasis, bacterial overgrowth, parasitosis, viral infections...); In addition, they also exert a prebiotic and regenerating effect, that is, they stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria.

We are increasingly aware as a society of the importance of having a competent immune system and a healthy microbiota to prevent infections from viruses and other microorganisms. That is why taking prebiotic and immunoregulatory foods, among other strategies such as lifestyle or vitamin D levels, are a good way to maintain a healthy and diverse microbiota.

For example, Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) stimulates immune functions against viral and bacterial infections in addition to having calming effects and regulation of the central nervous system.

Shiitake can be used as a bactericidal against H. pylori or Saphylococcus aureus infections and as an immunomodulator for people with intolerances.

Medicinal mushrooms have multiple beneficial compounds for our health.

Vademecum Hifas da Terra 2018

The most recognized brand that I usually work with is Hifas da Terra (, pioneers in the field of mycotherapy, in this case one of the latest products is Biodefense which combines a series of antiviral mushrooms such as Maitake, Reishi and Shiitake along with prebiotics obtained from Oyster Mushroom and Thistle, which combined with Vitamin C forms an immunoregulatory and prebiotic combo, a supplement that I am using in several of my patients to help them to improve intestinal permeability, improve your immune system and promote microbiota balance (eubiosis).

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4. Sushila Rathee, Dharmender Rathee, Deepti Rathee, Vikash Kumar, Permender Rathee, (2012) Mushrooms as therapeutic agents. Brazilian Journal of Pharmacognosy 22, 459-474.

5. Zhi-Bin Lin ZB (2005) Cellular and molecular mechanisms of immuno-modulation by Ganoderma lucidum. Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 99, 144-153. page79image64841280page79image64837056

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