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Mushroom Power

Posted by Nicole Balchin on 24 October 2018
Mushroom Power

Whichever way they look to you, beautiful or ugly or even magical. Mushrooms have been scientifically proved to having anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which assist the body in fending off diseases. Protecting heart health, our digestive system and maintaining healthy skin. It has also been proven that adding a few servings of mushrooms (fungi) to your diet each day can increase your longevity and fight a host of diseases! Fungi produce our BEST antibiotics, and have medicinal potential for a host of diseases.

On top of that, mushrooms have the ability to add a depth of flavour to our dishes that is otherwise unattainable. But most of us buy mushrooms not really understanding the difference between the big brown ones and the tiny little white ones.

According to research there are 7 mushrooms we should be eating

Porcini a large mushroom with a cap that can reach 12inches. Popular in Italian dishes . You can find this mushroom most of the year.
Golden Oyster These mushrooms are typically cultivated rather than harvested. Making them a great mushroom to grow at home. The possess a golden hue and have a nutty, slightly bitter flavour. A source great of antioxidants and have been studied for their antihyperglycemic properties decreasing blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

Pioppino Often called velvet pioppino due to the velvety-brown appearance of their small caps. They grow on decaying logs or at the base of hardwood trees. With a slightly peppery taste they are a great choice for adding to recipes. They Chinese used the mushroom for the wellbeing of the stomach as well as it having anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibiotic and anti-tumour properties.

Oyster one of the most common and versatile. They have a slightly sweet, anise-like small and one of the few carnivorous mushrooms, eating small roundworms and bacteria. Colours can rage from green, pink to yellow. The Oyster Mushroom also has some bacteria fighting substances, and was found to kill various bacteria including the bacterium salmonella. Oyster mushroom have also been proven to lower Cholesterol.

Lions Mane This popular edible mechanical mushroom is exceptional medicinal powers! It stimulates the production of nerve growth factor, which is a protein that plays a major role in the maintenance of the central nervous system and the nervous system outside the brain and spinal cord (peripheral). In short it is KNOWN to improve memory and mood. And are the staple in Chinese medicine. Saute them in butter or boil them as a meat replacement!

Maitake These mushrooms range from brown to white and are semi-firm when cooked, possessing an earthy flavour. Maitake mushrooms have potent anit-cancer properties and have been researched for a variety of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood glucose.

Shiitake One of the most popular mushrooms in the world! Hearty and versatile not only can these mushrooms be eaten raw or cooked they have become the symbol of longevity in some cultures. The can help fight cancer, boost immunity and support heart health.

It is evident from all its various uses, medical and most importantly its dietary benefits it is clear that mushroom is the most significant fungus after penicillin So make a concerted effort to add at leas ONE serving to your meals a day to be able to get the best medicinal benefits.

Author: Nicole Balchin
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