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Medicinal mushrooms – What & Why?!

Medicinal mushrooms – What & Why?!

Tuesday, 25th March 2014

Culinary mushrooms are an aid to health. Medicinal mushrooms are magic. Think about lowered stress levels, increased energy and overall improved health. All this by drinking a tea made out of – wait, what – mushrooms?

Culinary mushrooms are an aid to health. Medicinal mushrooms are magic. Think about lowered stress levels, increased energy and overall improved health. All this by drinking a tea made out of – wait, what – mushrooms?

The so called medicinal mushrooms have given us many important pharmaceutical medicines and treatments. Actually about 40 % of today’s western medicines utilize mushrooms. Consider that and also the amount of people working in the mushroom industry in China – 35 million – and there must be something behind these forgotten gems.

There are roughly 300-400 species of fungi that have been identified with medicinal properties. This means that they can be antiviral, antimicrobial, antihyperglycemic, cardioprotective, and anti-inflammatory.

Some of the most valued mushrooms and with the longest record of use are Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), Cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes). In the same order these mushrooms have been proven to be effective against stress, support the immune system, treat fatigue and support the liver.

Reishi, also called the ”divine fungus”, supports the endocrine system and practically melts away stress. It also increases sleep quality and is said to balance the mood and thoughts.

Shiitake, the famous edible mushroom is also one of the most used ones medicinally. Unique compound called lentinan in it has proven to support the liver functions amongst other benefits.

Many toxins end up in our bloodstream as they enter the body in food, water, air and through the skin. The liver has to work continuously to detoxify all this and to create clean blood. It also produces hormones and it is the only internal organ that can regenerate itself. Overall the liver is said to be the mirror of your health.

There are a few tricks that need to be done to achieve the best possible benefits from all the mushrooms. It was previously mentioned that mushroom tea would have all the effects. So why tea? Most of the medicinal mushrooms grow on trees and are fibrous and woody. Though if one only powders them, the digestive system cannot break down the medicinal compounds. By boiling the mushrooms, their cell walls melt down and release the beneficial stuff.

At Planet Organic, we’re proud to be supporting Four Sigma Foods in their mission to dispel the bad rap that mushrooms get in the food world, and their mission to get people to see and feel what these funky little mushrooms can do. No matter what diet you prefer, we’re sure you will get more bang for your buck by introducing a few top mushrooms to your diet.

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