Super Mushrooms: Brain Food, Cancer Fighters and Immune Builders
The Medicinal Value of Mushrooms
My sister had a sick chicken called “Kevin”. Don’t ask me why! When I arrived at her property, poor Kevin had a green and gangrenous foot and she was hopping around on one leg, in a lot of pain. I happen to have on me my Super Mushroom Complex Powder and we mixed ½ teaspoon into a small amount of water and gave it to her in a dropper…within 2 days Kevin’s foot was dramatically better and within a week it was healed and she was running with the other chooks!
Don’t underestimate the power of Medicinal mushrooms!…
Mushrooms on toast may be the secret recipe to keep your brain cells firing well into old age. But it’s not all about the brain, these mushrooms can also keep us alive longer and healthier.
A recent review highlighted our fungal friends can combat Alzheimer’s Disease through stimulating brain growth factors such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF); promoting neurogenesis (the making of new brain cells).
For example, the reishi mushroom increased brain plasticity, reduced destructive proteins (amyloidosis) and lengthened the lifespan of brain cells.
There are many medicinal mushrooms, however here are the top 2 that you can incorporate into your diets.
Popular Top 2 Medicinal Mushrooms
Used for more than 2,000 years in Asia, so respected it was thought to grant immortality. It mostly affects our immune system and our glandular system, influencing how we feel.
They contain polysaccharides which stimulate the immune system which in turn fights viruses and bacteria by stimulating the production of our T cells. Its most impressive role however is to fight cancer.
Reishi mushrooms cause a dramatic increase in “natural killer” cells, which will kill off cancer cells and shrink tumours, slowing the spread of cancer.
It is also a great anti-inflammatory agent against allergies, asthma and inflammatory skin conditions and gives a sense of well-being.
They can be grown at home, on a log in the sun and some starter fungus called spawn. In the wild they grow on dead fallen trees like maples and beech trees.
They look like the quintessential mushroom with a stem and an umbrella-like brown cap. They’ve been around in China for over 800 years and are heavily used in Asian cuisine.
Basically Shiitakes are another amazing immune boosting food, able to fight infections of any kind from dental cavities to cancer (contain lentinan which is known to suppress tumour growth).
They are heart friendly…ie lower cholesterol and reducing the blood from sticking so excellent remedy for atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.
How to Cook Medicinal Mushrooms
Generally it’s not recommended to eat mushrooms raw as they might cause indigestion.
Heating medicinal mushrooms is best, to release the polysaccharide-rich nutrients….so preferably simmer in water as a liquid broth.
These mushrooms can also be sautéed, steamed or baked with other foods. They are also great in soups or with wild rice or quinoa. Marinating and dehydrating shiitake helps to soften the fibres and can also increase the nutritional value. They are also great added to miso soup.
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