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The Best Mushrooms for your Health - The Healthiest Mushrooms to Eat -Book

I have been always fascinated by Mushrooms. Mushrooms are packed with nutrients, are rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and used as food, medicine, and spiritual booster for centuries,


These are the Best Mushrooms for your health, from puffballs to truffles, there are so many different kinds of mushrooms for different uses. We have delicious fungi like cremini and portobellos and more medicinal like cordyceps, reishi, chaga, and shiitake, and of course, the psychedelic-magic Mushrooms that are still a mystery in many ways.


Mushroom DNA is more similar to mammals than plants and for that reason, fungi activate all the healthy adaptogenic properties of the human body. Mushrooms were used in many ancient cultures. The psychedelic effect of mushrooms for example was well known in ancient Greece and Egypt, but also in Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Mushrooms are edible fungus but remember all mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms. Here are is a list of the healthiest mushrooms to add to your diet and used as a superfood.


The Best Mushrooms for your Health:


Shiitake Mushrooms:

Shiitake mushrooms are one of the best foods to add to your diet! These mushrooms contain some chemical compounds that protect your DNA from oxidative damage. Today modern science has proved that the Shiitake mushroom support immune function, promotes heart health, reduces the risk of prostate cancer, helps prevent gingivitis, and boosts energy and brain function.


Shitake Mouthwash:

A lot of people are saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a Mushroom a day keeps the dentist away? Today modern science is here to prove the amazing properties of Shiitake mushroom as a mouthwash, against plaque, gingivitis, and Gum Disease. Chinese medicine used shiitake mushrooms for centuries to treat many different diseases. Shiitake mushrooms are a very popular food source in Asia and are the third most widely distributed mushroom in the world. These mushrooms are for sure a superfood as they contain many chemical compounds that protect your DNA from oxidative damage.


The Evidence:

The first time I saw the dental benefits of Shiitake mushrooms was in the Superfood series. University College London is one of the many UK Universities that study Shiitake. According to the research of Dr. Spate, Shiitake mouthwash increased the population of good bacteria in the teeth and at the same time lowered the numbers of pathogenic organisms. Here is another study, researchers from the Italy’s University of Verona did the same study and found that Shiitake Mushroom extracts appear to kill oral bad bacteria. The problem with our common strong mouthwashes is that can kill most bacteria, which means they can also throw off the balance of good bacteria. Kate from the Superfood series made the experiment herself and found the same results.


The Experiment:

I did the same experiment two weeks ago, as I had really bad pain in my gums. That was the perfect time to see if the Shiitake mouthwash works. For seven days, I washed my teeth twice a day with Shiitake. The pain was less severe for the first three days, but by the fourth day, I was feeling much better. For sure, the Shiitake-mouthwash helps a lot with gum disease.


Shiitake Mouthwash Recipe:

All you need is a Blender, some water, and some Shiitake mushrooms. Mix them for about 10 seconds until the mushrooms melted. That’s it. Your Shiitake mouthwash against plaque, gingivitis, and gum disease is ready. I have to warn you that it has a terrible taste, so be prepared.


Reishi or Lingzhi Mushrooms:

Lingzhi mushroom is a woody fungus with a bitter taste. It is called Reishi in Japanese and Ling Zhi in the Chinese language, but most people know it as Ganoderma Lucidum (Greek-Latin)! Reishi mushroom might be the most dynamic superfood for longevity ever. In China Lingzhi is one of the oldest symbols of well-being and longevity. Was first mentioned in Cao Zhi’s poem, as lingcao “magic herb”. This Mushroom is used by Taoists and Buddhist herbalists every day. Wild Reishi mushrooms are considered more beneficial than those that are cultivated. Ganoderma Lucidum is composed of carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, and triterpenoids. The most commonly used Lingzhi mushrooms are the red variety, but all six colors have amazing properties: Red, Black, Green, Purple, Yellow, and White.


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Shimeji Mushrooms:

Shimeji is a food that I frequently order in Japanese restaurants. This mushroom is native to East Asia. Shimeji is a group of edible mushrooms with more than 20 varieties and has a lot of health benefits. These mushrooms can low cholesterol, are good for Weight loss and diabetes management, and have antimicrobial, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms:

Lion’s mane mushrooms are also known as yamabushitake, and Monkey Head mushrooms. It is a saprophytic fungus that is often found on rotten trees in Western Canada, Europe, East Asia, and North America. This mushroom has some very important health benefits, especially for the brain and gut. Studies have shown that the lion’s mane contains hericenones and erinacines two special compounds that can stimulate the growth of brain cells and can be able to speed the recovery of minor brain injuries. Another benefit is that it can relieve the symptoms of Depression and Anxiety.


Chaga Mushrooms:

It's called the king of medicinal mushrooms, as it is a super powerful source of nutrients and antioxidants. This fungus is typically found on birch trees. Chaga mushrooms are mainly used to treat tumors, are an immune system booster, slow the aging process, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar.

 

Turkey Tail Mushrooms:

The turkey tail is a bracket fungus that grows in tree trunks and deadwood. In Asia, it symbolizes longevity. Turkey tail mushroom has a lot of medicinal properties, is packed with antioxidants, and is famous for its ability to enhance the health of your immune system. It's also useful for fighting certain cancers and for gut bacteria balance.

 

Cordyceps Mushrooms:

This Chinese medicinal mushroom is known as one of the most effective athletic performance boosters. The spores of Cordyceps fungi are landing, infecting, and killing insects. The roots of the mushroom (Mycelia) begin to grow in the insect, slowly devouring it from the inside. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of cordyceps are used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. There are 400 species of cordyceps, but Cordyceps Sinensis can be found in the Himalayan foothills of Tibet and Bhutan. Cordyceps can protect against many health diseases like fatigue, depression, asthma and upper respiratory tract infections, diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney disorders, nighttime urination, and male sexual problems.


Portobello Mushrooms:

This Mushroom has a strong, umami flavor that makes them perfect for BBQ and a great alternative to meat. These medicinal mushrooms are known as cancer fighters and immune system protectors. They are high in selenium, copper, potassium, and niacin.


Maitake Mushrooms:

Maitake fungus is among the world's most beneficial mushrooms and has been used as food and medicine in Asia for thousands of years. This fungus offers a wide range of health benefits including its ability to relieve some of the side effects of chemical treatment (chemotherapy) for cancer. It is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome, Polycystic ovary syndrome, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, Cancer growth, hay fever, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and weight loss.

 

Chanterelle Mushrooms:

The Best Mushrooms for your Health

The Chanterelle edible mushroom is a yellow-orange fungus that is delicious and also medicinal. The name Cantharellus is derived from the Greek word ‘kantharos’ which means clear. Is rich in vitamin D2, vitamin A, vitamin B3 (Niacin), vitamin B5, copper, fatty acids, eight essential amino acids, manganese, and potassium. Chanterelle mushroom improves immune function, is good for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, reduces the risk of prostate cancer, and is good for bone health.


Truffle Mushrooms:

Truffles are fungi that grow near the roots of specific trees, they have a strong flavor and are a great source of antioxidants. The most important health benefit of Truffles is that promotes "bliss". Apart from that, truffles reduce inflammation, reduce oxidative stress, protect the liver from damage, and might slow down the aging process.


Agarikon Mushrooms:

The ancient Greek physician Dioscorides was named Agarikon mushroom, “elixirium ad longam vitam,” which means the elixir of long life. These slow-growing mushrooms are incredibly rare. The Native Americans Shamans believed that Agarikon may give protection against supernatural diseases. Agarikon has many health benefits, this fungus is a strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. Can treat Tuberculosis, Herpes, and certain respiratory problems.


Poria Mushrooms:

It's known as Fu Ling in China and has been used for 2,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. Poria mushroom contains chemicals that may help fight cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and kidney disease, as well as reduce inflammation, promote sleep, and suppress immune function.


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