• Hahnbee Choi, Cert. CN

Dogs On Shrooms

Updated: May 15

This may sound a bit weird. You’re probably thinking, “aren’t mushrooms toxic?!”.


There are 4 types of mushrooms:

  • Toxic

  • Hallucinogenic

  • Culinary

  • Medicinal


Here medicinal or culinary mushrooms are used, NOT the backyard mushrooms you're taught not to eat.


⚠️Toxic mushrooms can be hard to identify if wildcrafting. Mushrooms should always be purchased from a reliable source.


Mushrooms are fungi that are added to the vegetable category. These fungi have been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for the medicinal properties of mushrooms for centuries.



Antioxidants

Mushrooms are filled with antioxidants that help the body fight against free radicals, which play a major role in heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants also help aid in slowing aging effects and turbo boost the immune system. Mushrooms happen to be very rich in the antioxidant called selenium.


Beta-Glucan

Mushrooms are a major anti-cancer food, and this is due to Beta-glucan, which is the active medicinal property. Beta-glucan is a soluble fiber (a polysaccharide). It’s found in the cell walls of certain substances, especially mushrooms. Beta-glucan is also found in many types of seaweed, algae, some cereals (grains), and yeast. However, only beta-glucan from certain mushrooms has immune-modulating and anti-tumor properties.


Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms are said to have the most Beta-Glucan properties out of the mushrooms kingdom.


A study done by Penn State studied the effects on hemangiosarcoma, a type of cancer, and found that dogs treated along with turkey tail mush