Medicine mushrooms are special, mushrooms that have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years in many different cultures around the world. These are the healing mushrooms like chaga, reishi, and cordyceps mushroom. These three species of medicinal mushroom have been proven to have many health benefits including anti-aging, anti-cancer, and immune system boosting properties. This comprehensive guide will cover everything you need to know about the benefits of medicine mushroom including what they are, their health benefits, and how you can use them to improve your own health.
Why should you eat them?
Medicine mushroom is some of the most potent healing foods on the planet. They contain a variety of antioxidants, which help protect our cells from free radicals and reverse damage already done by them. They also contain beta-glucan, which provides immune system support and helps reduce inflammation in our bodies.
What types of medicinal mushroom should you eat?
There are many medicinal mushroom varieties, each with its own set of health benefits. The most common types include shiitake, reishi, and maitake. As a general rule, it’s best to eat a variety. Shiitakes are good for immune health and contain vitamin D2 (a form of vitamin D that is more readily absorbed by your body). Reishi mushrooms promote relaxation and can be used as an anti-inflammatory. Maitakes help the liver detoxify.
The difference between medicinal mushrooms and fungi
Fungi are not closely related to fungi, but there are some similarities. Fungi and medicinal mushrooms both come from the kingdom fungi. The key difference is that fungi is a lower form of life and can’t synthesize their own nutrition. They consume decaying organic matter, which often contains toxins that make them poisonous if eaten in large quantities. Medicinal fungis on the other hand, are a higher form of life that can synthesize their own nutrients by breaking down organic matter into simpler compounds through a process called mycelium – which makes them far less poisonous than any fungus.
How do I prepare them?
Mushrooms can be eaten raw, cooked, or dried. To preserve their potency, it is best to store them in a cool dry place with minimal light exposure. If you plan on cooking with them, it is best to soak them for about 30 minutes beforehand so that they don’t release too much moisture when cooking. Cooked fungi are also delicious in sauces!
How do I store them?
Medicine fungi should be stored at room temperature and in a dry, dark location. Mushrooms should not come into contact with any materials that can damage them like oil, pesticides or harsh chemicals. Mushboxes are ideal for storing your medicine mushroom collection because they are durable, stackable and take up very little space. If you would rather use other containers to store your fungi, make sure to line them with some form of food-grade material like wax paper or parchment paper before filling them with fresh mushroom material.
Should you choose medicinal mushroom powder or tablets/capsules?
Side effects are rare but can include stomach upset, nausea and vomiting. Do not take if you have a stomach ulcer or other stomach disorders.