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Mushrooms: Immunity-Building, Toxin-Fighting SuperFungi!

When I was 2 years old, mushrooms were my favorite food. Weird taste for a 2 year old, yes, but a wise one! Mushrooms are increasingly shown to have numerous health benefits, from boosting immunity to fighting cancer to balancing the emotions.
 
In Chinese Medicine, each food has particular properties that govern how it acts in the body. Foods have affinities for certain energy systems and exert their influence more strongly on some systems than others. Depending on the variety, mushrooms range from neutral to cooling innate temperatures, which make them ideal for ridding the body of heat toxins. Toxic heat is a term that encompasses most viral diseases and cancers today. Mushrooms are said to have a sweet flavor, which makes them nourishing to our body’s natural defense systems. These two factors together make mushrooms a dynamite immunity-building food.
 
The common button variety of mushrooms have been shown to boost white blood cell counts, have antibiotic and antimicrobial properties, improve recovery time from disease, and have anti-neoplastic properties. (They fight cancer.)  Research has shown that a diet high in mushrooms can slow the development of certain cancers, including breast cancer. Common mushrooms also can help the body expel a cold and relieve phlegm in the respiratory system.*
 
Shiitake mushrooms are also able to induce an immune response against cancer and viral diseases, in particular those affecting the stomach or cervix.* All mushrooms decrease fat and cholesterol levels in the blood and neutralize some of the toxins in meat (perhaps this is why mushrooms taste so good with steak?)
 
We use mushrooms a lot in Chinese Herbal Medicine for their natural healing properties. Ling Zhi, commonly called Reishi Mushroom, has been well-studied for its cancer-fighting potential, with promising results in preliminary bench science studies. It has been used in China for thousands of years to boost “qi” (immunity).
 
Mushrooms also usually enter the Heart energetic system, and thereby exert their influence on the emotions, as well. Mushrooms have a very calming effect on the mind and spirit and can be excellent supportive treatments for anxiety, panic disorders, depression, or getting us through highly stressful times.
 
So load up your plate with a wide variety of these natural immune-boosting powerhouses of fungi. You’ll reap the benefits for years to come.


*Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition.

4 Comments to Mushrooms: Immunity-Building, Toxin-Fighting SuperFungi!:

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Giovanny Ray on Monday, October 22, 2012 2:50 AM
The beneficial facts of mushroom are known to me but happy to get the advantages of it for some mental imbalances! Truly worthy content to me!! Thanks for putting all of the feedback of a delicious as well as nutritious food item.
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Axel Brody on Monday, November 05, 2012 2:39 AM
Interesting blog so far at all! just satisfied to read about this entry and all information are very impressive to me. Thanks the head up and keep posting like this. :lol:
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Louise Cobber on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 11:40 PM
Marcie, I must say that you have a very good taste even from so early age ;)! I like to have mushroom for it's yummy taste but it's very cheering that the stuff is very useful for our body. Thanks for an informative content.
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lisa on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:20 AM
should mushrooms be cooked or is eating it raw okay. There are some schools of thought that state mushrooms should be cooked.
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