Coprinus comatus

What is Coprinus?

A very unique mushroom that can reach 20 cm in height and an elongated bell-shaped hat covered with numerous white and fine scales. Also known as Coprinus Comatus. It is a very fragile mushroom and interestingly one of the few medicinal mushrooms whose effects were not discovered by traditional Chinese medicine, but European.

Four powerful benefits of Coprinus

  1. Obesity – Medicinal properties have been studied in cases of obesity and metabolic problems. Coprinus is the go to mushroom for helping with weight gain.
  2. Blood glucose levels – Coprinus contains a natural compound that mimics insulin, making this mushroom excellent for balancing blood sugar levels.
  3. Diabetes – Properties of the coprinus helps to recover the pancreas in cases of diabetes and regulate insulin levels naturally.
  4. Circulation- This mushroom improves blood circulation which in turn positively affects the health of arteries.  

Some nutrients featured in Coprinus

  • Beta-glucans, Known to support the immune system.
  • Vanadium, a mineral of particular benefit for diabetes and blood sugar regulation.
  • Chrome, a mineral that can help improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Abundance of B Vitamins.
  • High in Vitamin C, D and E.
  • Rich in minerals Iron, Copper and Zinc.


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