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Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been used as food, medicine, and spiritual aids for centuries.

Research in Japan claims that this mushroom has medicinal use – Shiitake was combined with AIDs drugs to boost immune response, combat chronic fatigue and induce antibody formation to Hepatitis B; it also stimulated antitumor activity. 

Many ancient medical texts described mushrooms. Oldest mummy, 5,000 yr old Otzi found in the glacier in Italy Alpes in 1991. He carried two types of mushrooms in the necklace. 

Mushrooms are a rich, low calorie source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. They may also mitigate the risk of developing serious health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. They are also great sources of selenium

This is not similar to other white colored foods, such as rice, pasta, bread even though it is white color

They are nutty flavored. many textures and flavors to try. Portobello has meaty texture. So they make an excellent, satisfying substitute for red meat in any dish, eliminating calories, fat, and cholesterol from the equation.

They are rich in a special type of soluble fiber known as Beta glucan. Beta-glucans might prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol from food. They might also stimulate the immune system by increasing chemicals that prevent infections. Soluble fiber is a type of fiber that dissolves in water and forms a thick, gel-like substance. On the other hand, insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve. Instead, it absorbs liquid as it travels through your digestive tract. Soluble fiber slows the passage of food as it travels through your intestines, which can keep you feeling full for longer. slows the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream. These are the bioactive compounds that explains the benefits, but they are not the only compounds in mushrooms that have medicinal effects. They have terpenes and phenolic compounds. You might have heard of healing effects of Terpenes in cannabis, terpenes are responsible for aroma. They are in mint and lavender essential oils. 

Reishi mushroom – The reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma lucidum and lingzhi, is a fungus that grows in various hot and humid locations in Asia. they have several health claims including immune health, ant-cancer, fight fatigue and depression, reduce anxiety. Health benefits of Reishi mushrooms are backed by several studies. This is both modern clinical evidence and tradition use in many ancient cultures. 

Chaga mushrooms – has long history of use in folk medicine. This signals impending death for a tree, the opposite is true for humans. This has Betulinic acid, which antic-cancer, anti-fungal and anti-parasite. It is toxic to cancer cells. It does not appear to harm normal cells. The powerful antioxidants in this fungus may potentially prevent or slow tumor growth. Other possible chaga benefits include lowering cholesterol and fighting heart disease. It regulates insulin metabolism.

Wild Cordyceps: This is the creepiest mushroom, it is a club shaped fungus that grows out of the caterpillar and completely digested by the mycelium. It improved exercise performance, fatigue, balances and regulates immune function. Supports reproduction. It may protect kidney from toxins. 

Oyster mushrooms – Use caution if trying them for the first time. Some people are allergic to their spores while others may experience an upset stomach. Try a small amount first to see how your body reacts.

Although they go well in many dishes, the most common way to cook oysters is a simple sautee or stir fry. Brown them in olive oil with herbs and spices of your choice.

Turkey tail mushroom – more than 50% of beta-glucan content. It is best know for immune-stimulating and cancer properties. Several studies done on this mushroom showed it reduces the chances of cancer recurrence and protects the cells from toxic chemotherapy.

Lion’s Mane – it is not only therapeutic but also beautiful and delicious to eat. It is a culinary mushroom. It is best know to repair nerves. It might even regenerate nervous tissue which very few things can do. It improved memory and cognitive function. Studies done on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. ? given for essential tremors.

Shitake Mushroom – culinary mushroom. Second most wildly cultivated in the world. It can cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits by lowering cholesterol. Helps prevent viral and bacterial infections. Also used in cancer treatment

Maitake – another best culinary mushroom and used for its health benefits. It regulates blood sugar, regulates immune system

Button mushrooms, Portobello and crimini – culinary mushrooms. 

They are delicious are not as well known for medicinal benefits. 

Agaricus – is culinary mushroom, comes from same family as white button mushrooms. It has blood sugar and metabolic effects. It improve insulin sensitivity, reduces inflammation. being studied for its effect in cancer treatments. 

Psychedelic mushrooms – Magic mushrooms contain a compound (aka psilocybin) that can have a hallucinogenic effect. In addition to getting you high, psilocybin might also have benefits for your mental and physical health. However, more research is needed.

Recipes:

Omlettes, Sandwiches, saute, Pizza toppings, on pasta

 

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