An article from the Washington Post says that “Two of the most profitable prescription drugs in the U.S., according to some sources, are those that reduce blood cholesterol and prevent blood clots — both symptoms of coronary heart disease, a largely preventable condition. Shouldn’t we be spending at least as much on prevention as we do on prescriptions?”

That is the same question we are asking: Why is there such a lack of prevention research? Luckily, there are a few researchers who have begun looking into preventative measures involving mushrooms.

Mushrooms could potentially reduce the chances of heart disease. Many studies have been done researching the effects of how cholesterol, a big factor of many heart diseases, may be lowered with the consumption of edible functional mushrooms.

Aside from cholesterol, they have also been known to have effects on other metabolic markers such as blood pressure, homeostatic function, inflammatory damage, and LDL. Even just adding mushrooms into your everyday diet can significantly decrease your chances of developing a disease. They contain protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are imperative to our health.

Clearly mushrooms have extensive health benefits, but they still have so much untapped potential. If the FDA would approve of research for this, and many others like it, preventative medicines could be fully discovered and appreciated. This is necessary because according to the Washington Post, “so many of our health problems in the United States are self-inflicted, because we smoke, eat too much, and don’t exercise. Doctors need to “prescribe” effective smoking cessation programs, proper diets, and exercise as an integral part of care.”

One reason that there is not much research being done on the prevention side is because big pharma and the whole medical industry profits off of people once they are already sick.

A podcast by Straight Shot Health explains that, nine of the top ten largest pharmaceutical companies spend more money on marketing than they do on the development and research of new drugs.

Clearly, they are not as interested in making better products as much as they are interested in making sure you purchase their products.