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SUPERFOODS: SHROOMS!

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
May 11, 2018
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No, we're not talking about the hallucinogenic type you coveted during college and your visits to Burning Man.

We’re talking about the kind found at your grocery store.

Medicinal mushrooms have been used in China and Japan for more than 3,000 years to boost immunity and fight diseases like cancer and the common cold, but only in the last decade has their power been recognized in the United States.

A veritable superfood in their own right, mushrooms contain numerous nutrients that have been found to stimulate the function of the immune system, inhibit tumor growth and boost intestinal flora. ‘Shroom substances called terpenoids help kill bacteria and viruses and exert anti-inflammatory effects, while complex chain-like sugars called polysaccharides have been shown to exert anti-tumor and immuno-stimulating properties. Sing it for ‘shrooms! Need more? Mushrooms are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and lean protein making them quite possibly the perfect little fungi (Sorry, can’t resist, must insert joke: why does the mushroom get invited to all of the parties? Because he’s a fungi!)

 

THE MAGIC OF MUSHROOMS

While all edible mushrooms are jam packed with good stuff, here is a list of the super-duper varieties:

Shiitake: also known as The Healing Mushroom, this variety provides oodles of benefits for ulcers, high or low blood pressure, liver problems, allergies and autoimmune diseases.  A 1980 study found that a virus (a good virus) in shiitake mushrooms, could produce interferon, effective in treating cancer.

Maitake: According to Maitake: King of Mushrooms , by Shari Lieberman, Ph.D. and Ken Babel, C.N; studies show Maitake mushrooms can hamper growth and spread of cancer cells, protect normal cells from environmental carcinogens, reduce side effects of chemotherapy, stimulate anti-tumor and anti-microbial activity, and help to halt HIV proliferation. The National Cancer Institute declared Maitake more powerful than AZT, with no toxic side effects.

Oyster Mushrooms: Their protein quality is nearly equal to that of animal derived protein. Veggie-lovers rejoice! This mushroom boasts activity against cancer growth and high cholesterol.

 

** WARNING: Only purchase and consume mushrooms from your trusted grocer! While loads of mushrooms are edible and safe, many are also deadly poisonous. Never pick and consume mushrooms you happen upon in the wild. **

 

 

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