Updated: Nov 15
There is a large variety of edible mushrooms. They come in all sizes, shapes and flavors and they also have amazing healing properties.
Reishi Mushroom, scientific name Ganoderma Lucidum
Reishi is a native of Asia, Europe and North America, it is a big dark mushroom with a shiny exterior and a wood like texture.
Reishi is also known as the Immortality mushroom. In Asia it has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits and longevity.
Reishi's most prominent health properties are:
boost energy levels
protects the liver.
There are also claims that this fungus mushroom has antioxidant properties and it could aid in cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Reishi are also known to reduce stress, to boost the mood, mental clarity and focus.
Chaga looks more like a dark clump of dirt and it is found in the northern hemisphere, growing on birch trees. Chaga is rich in antioxidants and contains a wide variety of nutrients, minerals and vitamins and also fiber. Chaga is also known to lower cholesterol, to slow the aging process, to fight cancer, to support the immune system, to lower blood pressure, lowering blood sugar levels, preventing drug side effects and to fight inflammation.
Lions Mane is a white, large mushroom which resembles a Lion's mane and it is been used by Native Americans for thousands of years as food and for its health benefits. It is also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a digestive.
Lions Mane is best known for improving memory and concentration, and aids in anxiety and irritability. It is rich in antioxidants, and it stimulates the white blood cells production and boosts immunity levels.
Cordyceps is a parasitic fungi, native of the Himalayas, and it is also known as the "Himalayan Gold". It grows primarily in grassy lands on the larvae of insects. The Tibetans are using this amazing mushrooms for thousands of years to treat a large variety of diseases.
Cordyceps has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
This amazing fungi is used mainly by athletes in protein mixes. It helps improve athletic performance, it combats muscle fatigue, aids the heart, decreases LDL, and reduces triglycerides levels. Studies show that Cordyceps is a powerful antioxidant, which aids in combating the free radicals, its slows the aging process, improves brain function and enhances memory. Cordyceps is also known to boost libido.
Turkey Tail, scientific name Trametes Versicolor
Turkey Tail is a powerful antioxidant and also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and immune boosting properties. A recent study also shows signs of insulin resistance and the reduction of blood sugars levels.
Turkey tail also reduces fatigue, inhibits the growth of cancer cells and the growth of Staphylococcus and Salmonella.
Turkey Tail aids in Gut health, and boost the immune system by reducing the oxidative stress and inflammation.
Shiitake mushrooms are native to East Asia and, it has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an immune booster, longevity, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and to improve blood circulation. This fungi is one of the most popular mushrooms, contains a large variety of vitamins, high in vitamin B, minerals, and nutrients. They are known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Shiitake mushrooms contain three compounds such as: Eritadenine which inhibits an enzyme which produces cholesterol, Sterols, which aid in blocking the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, and Beta Glucans, a type of fiber known to lower cholesterol. A recent study also shows the high level of vitamin D found in Shiitake can aid in bone density. Shiitake is also used to aid in weight loss, to improves cell function, to reduces inflammation and to boost the immune system.
Maitake is a native of China, Japan and North America. This fungi is venerated by Japanese for its medicinal properties. They call it the "dancing mushroom". Maitake has antioxidant and adaptogen properties, it gives the body optimal balance, by stimulating the immune system, it also suppresses physical and mental stress and help combat chronic fatigue. Recent studies show that Maitake could inhibit the growth of tumor cells, to suppress the cholesterol, and to aid in type two diabetes.
Wood Ear or Black Fungus
Wood Ear is a high protein mushroom, loaded with antioxidants, iron and many other essential nutrients. It is used In Traditional Chinese Medicine to prevent anemia, coronary heart disease, cancer, hemorrhoid and uterine bleeding and hematemesis.
Wood Ear has antimicrobial properties, therefore aids in blocking the growth of Escherichia coli and the Staphylococus bacteria, and also reduces the LDL levels. Wood Ear is a staple food in Asian cuisine.
Mesima also known as Black Hoof Mushroom
Mesima has the apparences of a hoof, orange in color and usually is found growing on mulberry trees. Mesima is native to Japan, Korea and China, and it has been used for thousands of years to heal various diseases such as heavy bleeding during the menstrual cycles, the digestive tract, and longevity. Mesima is a great source of Beta D-Glucans, contains protein polysaccharide complex which helps strengthen the immune system and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Mesina is said to aid in infertility, allergic reactions such as asthma and skin inflammations.
Oyster Mushroom is native to Germany, it is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Oyster Mushrooms are used to lower LDL cholesterol, reduces high blood pressure, regulates blood sugar levels, and boost the immune system. Recent studies show that this amazing fungi may inhibit the growth of tumor cells, decreases the growth of photogenic bacteria and rids the body of inflammation.
Overall these amazing mushrooms are not only used for their health benefits in treating a large variety of diseases but also are wildly used in cuisines around the world in soups, sautés, pasta dishes, stews and stir-fries.
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