Mushrooms strengthen your immune system and have several healing properties. Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in natural medicine. Scientific studies confirm that mushrooms play a very important role in healthy living.
Most people think of mushrooms as the white button mushroom that you buy at your local grocery store. Yes, that mushroom is good for you. But there are several mushroom types that carry strong healing properties. Aside from eating the button, cremini, portabello, shitake, maitake, oyster, enoki and king mushrooms from the grocery store you can add other mushroom types to your regime. I personally take tinctures of Reishi, Cordyceps and Chaga mushrooms and Lion’s Mane capsules daily aside from the mushrooms I include in my cooking.
Reishi mushroom extract is used in a registered anti-cancer drug. It has been discovered that medicinal mushrooms help to shrink tumors, stunt or inhibit cancer cell growth and assist in the recurrance of cancer cell growth. Reishi mushroom extract is an immune booster, lowers blood pressure, can reduce pain and inflammation, kills viruses and has liver protecting qualities. Reishi is a common Chinese Herbal Medicine remedy used to support lung, liver and neurological health.
Shitake mushroom is known as the “Elixer of Life”. Shitakes have been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. They have many healing qualities such as immune support, anti-cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention. They are an excellent non-animal source of iron, selenium, protein, fiber, vitamin C, 3 B vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They are delicious in cooking. Don’t over cook them. A 5 minute saute would be my recommendation.
Oyster mushrooms are high in zinc, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, folic acid, a few B vitamins and C.
Portabello mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and B vitamins and have immune enhancing qualities too. I love portabello mushrooms. As a vegan, they make great meat substitutions in recipes and are very versatile to many recipes.
Enoki mushrooms are anti-cancer. The low cancer rates where enoki mushrooms are cultivated in Japan are connected to high consumption of enoki mushrooms in that region.
Cremini mushrooms have all the benefits of the other mushrooms. They also help women who are at risk of hormone related breast cancer. The cremini helps to inhibit estrogen production therefore reducing the risk of certain types of breast cancer.
Chaga mushroom, touted as the strongest anti-cancer mushroom, grows on the outside of birch trees. It does not look like a mushroom at all. This powerhouse is known to restore vitality, assist in internal cleansing, supports immune health, is anti-inflammatory, is good for your skin, improves fitness stamina and much more. The chaga contains 215 phytonutrients and 29 polysaccharides.
Lion’s Mane is highly praised in traditional Chinese medicine. It is known to support neurological conditions and helps to grow new myelin sheath. Since I have Multiple Sclerosis which involves scarring and erosion of the myelin sheath, this mushroom is a definate in my arsenal of health promoting mushrooms in my daily regime. Lion’s Mane is said to “give you nerves of steel” and “the memory of a lion”. It is “Nature’s Nutrient for your Neurons”, great for the central nervous system, stimulating synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). It is a superfood for the brain. Lion’s Mane is curative for digestive system problems. It has shown benefits in the treatment of Alzheimers and Parkinsons diseases as well. A powerhouse!!!
Cordyceps have been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for years and years, known to strengthen Kidney Qi (energy) and Lung Qi. Great for incontinence, fatigue, lung function, immune function, full of antioxidants and is a longevity tonic. Some Olympic athletes consume cordycep mushrooms to improve their endurance and speed. Cordyceps are a Supreme Energy Tonic in Chinese medicine. At one time in history the mushroom was very expensive and only Emperors could get their hands on it. Believe it or not, a pharmaceutical company has produced a drug called “Gilenya” used as a so-called miracle drug for Multiple Sclerosis. I don’t like using pharmaceutical drugs and why would I when I can take the “real thing”. I take liquid cordyceps every day.
I include Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane in my daily regime and as mentioned earlier…try to eat one or more types of fresh mushrooms in my daily food intake.
MUSHROOMS HAVE QUITE A RESUME. Start to include them in your daily diet and reap the many benefits.