I’ve always been a fan of edible mushrooms like Porcini, Oyster, Shiitake and Chanterelles. They’re super versatile, delicious and nutritious.
Before I go any further, it’s important to note that mushrooms MUST be cooked. Reason being is that when raw, they contain toxins that can make us ill. Thoroughly heating mushrooms kills their toxins and at the same time releases the nutrients they contain.
While its true that mushrooms are mostly water and contain minimal amounts of calories, they can pack a nutritional punch.
Read on to learn about 3 particularly healthful mushrooms to add to your diet.
On top of being high in many important vitamins and minerals like iron and Vitamin C, Shiitake mushrooms contain compounds that are anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
Try to add them into at least 2 dishes a week to regularly reap the immune-boosting benefits. Shiitakes can easily be found in your grocer’s mushroom section or a local Chinese market.
2) Reishi or “Mushroom of Immortality”
Reishi mushrooms are known as a strictly medicinal mushroom so only consume these mushrooms in a tincture or tea. For those of you who don’t like mushrooms, having them in tea-form will be much more palatable and you’ll be able to get in on their benefits. What are these benefits? Well, the medicinal compounds in reishi mushrooms have been shown to reduce:
- viral infections
- allergic responsiveness
Most health food stores will likely have Reishi mushrooms in the form of teas or powder, so look out for them there.
3) Maitake or “hen of the woods”
In the 1970’s a Japanese Doctor by the name of Hiroaki Nanba concluded that out of all the mushrooms Maitake mushrooms are the most powerful cancer fighters. How do they fight cancer exactly? Dr. Michael Murray’s book the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods explains:
“They protect healthy cells from becoming cancerous and they enhance the immune system’s ability to seek out and destroy cancer cells.”
You should be able to find these mushrooms dried or fresh in Asian markets, gourmet foods stores, or upscale supermarkets.
So the “Morel” (ha, ha) of the blog is…I personally love mushrooms and you should start to as well. They’re versatile, fun to cook with and can make a great energizing herbal tea midday. It’s time for you to get in on some powerful benefits.