Mushrooms are a common addition to many recipes and side dishes.
They’re popular on pizza, with pasta, used in dishes such as beef stroganoff and made into mushroom soup.
While their flavor and texture are certainly worth enjoying, there are other reasons you should be eating mushrooms: they provide a number of health benefits, and some varieties are healthier than others.
Button mushrooms are the most commonly found fungi on grocery store shelves, and they are certainly worth adding to your diet. But let’s look at 3 other mushrooms you should be eating, and the reasons why they are so beneficial.
If eating mushrooms is not your cup of tea (no pun intended), you can always indulge in some mushroom tea, in particular, Chaga Mushroom Tea which is not only delicious but packs plenty of health benefits.
1. Reishi Mushrooms
Reishi is often called the “mushroom of immortality” and it’s packed with nutrients and has a bigger health punch than other mushrooms. It’s often ground into a powder and added to foods or drinks, because it can be bitter when eaten like a traditional mushroom. Reishi is also ideal made into mushroom tea.
Here are a few of the reasons Reishi gets this noble name:
- It has brain-boosting power because it helps protect the brain against cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s by stimulating nerve growth.
- It helps stabilize blood sugar, meaning it’s a great supplement for diabetics.
- It helps lower blood pressure.
- Clinical trials are showing that it can help shrink tumors.
- Reishi helps regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle.
- Reishi helps to lower stress, depression and anxiety levels.
- This miracle mushroom is even showing signs that it can regenerate liver cells.
2. Shiitake Mushrooms
These fungi are now commonly cultivated, making them almost as readily available as button mushrooms. They can also be foraged for in the wild. And they have a delicious flavor, so they’re worth trying as you expand your mushroom tastes.
But they also have health advantages that make them worth cooking. Here are just a few:
- Clinical studies are showing the benefits of lentinan, a polysaccharide extracted from shiitake mushrooms. Lentinan may be effective not only in improving quality of life, but also in helping improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy during lung cancer treatment, and helping with suppressive action on breast cancer.
- Shiitakes are a good source of iron, important for vegetarians whose diets may be lacking in it.
- They provide a boost to the immune system.
- They contain antioxidants, which help reduce harmful free radicals.
- Shiitakes also contain D-Eritadenine, or DEA, which supports cardiovascular health and helps lower cholesterol.
3. Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
This is a somewhat uncommon mushroom, but if you can find it, you should be eating it.
Lion’s Mane is best described as looking “bearded” or “toothed,” and has a unique flavor and texture that make it worth cooking all on its own. But it also contains many assets that make it worth eating to promote good health.
Here are a few:
- Lion’s Mane can provide a number of cognitive health benefits, in that it may stimulate the growth of brain cells, and help protect against memory loss.
- Lion’s Mane is believed to help relieve depression and anxiety.
- It is beneficial in dealing with inflammation.
- Lion’s Mane has antioxidant properties, reducing the effects of harmful free radicals.
- Lion’s Mane may provide benefits to the digestive tract.
Any Mushroom Is Good For You
These three mushrooms have specific health benefits that have made them popular in ancient medicine, and now clinical trials are confirming the advantages of adding them to your diet. You can cook them, steep them in tea, or consume their powdered form.
But there are other mushrooms that have assets making them worth eating, and in fact any edible, non-poisonous mushrooms are a boon to your health. Mushrooms are low in calories and sodium, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and free of fat and cholesterol.
Mushrooms also have antioxidant properties, and some clinical studies are confirming their anti-tumor properties, brain-boosting power, and other medicinal benefits in mushrooms.
If you don’t like the taste or texture of mushrooms, it’s worth looking for supplements or powder that make them easier to eat. However you consume mushrooms, it’s worth dining on these three mushrooms and a variety of other kinds as well.
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