Functional mushrooms have become the new buzzword in the health foods industry, and many brands have jumped on the bandwagon by including functional mushrooms in their food supplements and other health products. While functional mushrooms have been around for a while, with some cultures using it for thousands of years, it’s only until recently that the use of these mushrooms has made it into the mainstream. It’s also safe to say that the main driving force behind the popularity of functional mushrooms has been the increased interest in using organic foods by the health conscious.
But, while countries such as the US, has proven to be a big market for functional mushrooms, many experts consider China to be a global leader when it comes to the growing, harvesting, and production of functional mushrooms. So, how much of this is true? Does China really have a larger piece of the pie when it comes to functional mushrooms?
For the most part, China has enjoyed some advantages over its competitors in the functional mushrooms niche. This is mainly due to the fact that the Chinese have been privy to the health benefits of functional mushrooms for thousands of years. In fact, various types of functional mushrooms have always been used to cure common illnesses and ailments in China. Functional mushrooms are also widely used in the preparation of Ayurvedic medication as well. So, it’s easy to see why China is one of the, if not, the leader in the production and distribution of functional mushrooms.
China’s sharp increase in the speed of its growth in the functional mushrooms sphere has been due to the exploding demand in recent years for various functional mushrooms, all of which are known to have certain health benefits.
This fact has been echoed in a recent work titled “China Functional Mushrooms Market Research Study” and has found that despite the pandemic, there has been significant activity in the worldwide China functional mushrooms market. According to the point-by-point analysis that’s been provided in the study, China has made some significant strides in the functional mushrooms market.
It was found that while China far outpaces many other countries when it comes to the production of consumer and industrial products, it’s also the fastest-growing producer of functional mushrooms in the world. This sharp increase in the speed of its growth in the functional mushrooms sphere has been due to the exploding demand in recent years for various functional mushrooms, all of which are known to have certain health benefits.
Furthermore, the Coronavirus outbreak has only helped increase the market for functional mushrooms in China, and indeed, the rest of the world since more and more people are now looking towards natural and safe alternatives to traditional health products. For instance, rather than investing in a health or food supplement that comes with the usual vitamins and minerals, there’s a growing number of health-conscious individuals who are opting for health supplements that contain functional mushrooms because of their medicinal properties.
Also, the Chinese government has been instrumental in encouraging industry consolidation, which has helped to not only regulate the industry, resulting in higher quality products, but has also improved their competitiveness in the world market for functional mushrooms and related products.