The idea of ”food as medicine” can be a little difficult to swallow, especially if you have a gourmand palate. What if you could fight a host of diseases and even increase longevity, just by adding delicious servings of fungi to your diet every day?
Paul Stamets, the famous mycologist (an expert on mushrooms) and Favorite TedTalkStrongly thought so Mushrooms could save the world. He describes fungi as “the great molecular decomposers of nature” due to their transformative ability to generate humus soil from decomposing organic matter. Fungi transform nature’s decomposition into nutrients for plants, trees, animals and humans alike. As part of this amazing dance of biosynthesis, mushrooms form the most powerful elements of Earth for the benefit of mankind. Fungi produce our best antibiotics, and have medicinal potential for a host of ailments. Certain types of mushrooms possess psychological properties that have been valued from at least the beginning of recorded time, and some scientists even state that “Magic mushrooms” are the key to human evolution. But these beneficial qualities just scratch the surface What does the kingdom of fungi doWhich is convenient, since most of the prolific activity of fungi occurs downstairs where our eyes can see it.
The Fungi kingdom represents a distinct type of living organism, separated from animals, plants and bacteria. Like animals, fungi absorb nutrients from the environment and secrete digestive enzymes, in the case of mushrooms, into the surrounding soil. Pie It is the invisible part of the fungus that extends under the soil. Thread-like roots known as filaments are very similar to neural networks, and can extend for miles into the ground, absorbing nutrients and decomposing organic matter. In his book, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the WorldPaul Stamets has proven his belief mycelia isNature’s Neural Network. Intrinsically aware of their host’s needs, Paul believes mushrooms are conscious, “devising diverse enzymatic and chemical responses to complex challenges” perceived in their environment. Beyond sensation, Paul demonstrates that mushrooms possess a shared creative consciousness, and it would greatly benefit humanity to learn how to react: Because these external neural networks sense any impression, from footsteps to deciduous tree branches, they can transmit massive amounts of data regarding the movements of all living things across the landscape. ”
Paul researched the post recently It explores another essential way in which fungi communicate with humanity: through our digestive systems. Mushrooms from prebiotics, which boosts Microbiome Beneficial bacteria, such as Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium, which improve digestion and overall health. Recent independent research shows that certain types of mushrooms are also our best dietary sources of powerful antioxidants, such as sulfur-rich ergothionine and glutathione’s “major biological antioxidant”. A diet rich in antioxidants such as ergothionine and glutathione protects cells from free radicals, helping the body withstand the natural oxidative stress that harms healthy cells. In addition to enhancing longevity, mushrooms contain a large amount of nutrients, Rich source of Vitamin D.Essential for strong immune system function.
Adding almost any edible mushroom to your diet will provide a healthy dose of nutrients, but there are some mushrooms that stand out from the rest. A recent study Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine tested eleven mushrooms to determine which ones possessed the strongest antioxidant properties. Of the 11 varieties tested, the top 7 mushrooms with the strongest antioxidant components are also the most nutritionally dense. According to this latest research, these are the 7 mushrooms we should be eating, arranged in order:
Porcini is a large mushroom, which can reach 12 inches in diameter. Popular in Italian cuisine, porcini Mushrooms Representing several different species, they are usually reddish brown, have a thick stalk, and are slightly sticky to the touch. This type of mushroom is from summer to fall, so you can find it most of the year in specialty markets. If you are a forager, look for porcini mushrooms in shrubs covered in hardwood forests with pine, chestnut, hemlock and spruce trees.
2. Golden oysters
Golden oyster mushrooms are typically grown rather than harvested in the wild, which makes them a great mushroom to grow at home. Grow them in almost anything, using straw mats and regular compost, with mushrooms ‘garnishes’ from pollination kits that can be purchased at specialty stores. They have a golden hue, grow in clusters, and have a nutty, slightly bitter flavor.
The Pioppino fungus, often called Velvet Pioppino, grows due to the velvety brown appearance of small covers, on decaying tree trunks or at the base of a littered hardwood tree. Pioppinos have a mild, peppery flavor, making them a popular choice to add to recipes. They grow in clusters on long, strong stems, are smaller in size (hats are only about 2 cm wide), and they maintain a sturdy texture when cooked.
Oysters It is among the most common and versatile types of mushrooms. Easy to grow, oysters mainly grow on decaying wood and have a slightly sweet scent that smells like anise. Called “clams,” due to their appearance similar to that of a sea creature, the oyster mushroom fungi eats small worms and bacteria, making them one of the few species of carnivorous mushrooms. Colors range from green to pink to yellow, depending on the variety. Fluted hats extend 2 to 8 inches long, with white gills on the underside and a short, short torso.
5. The black mane
It’s easy to see how Lion’s Mane mushroom got its name! This popular edible and medicinal mushroom Exceptional nerve powersThanks to its ability to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) synthesis. NGF is a protein that plays a major role in maintenance, survival and Nerve cell regeneration In the central and peripheral nervous system. Known for improving memory and mood, Lion’s Mane mushroom is a staple of traditional Chinese medicine, and it can be found in supplement form as a powder or tincture in many health food stores. If you prefer to enjoy the texture of meat at a meal, fry it in butter to intensify the flavor, or boil it as a substitute for meat in soups or stews.
Found in groups, usually at the base of oak trees, Maitake mushroom It has powerful antagonistscancer Properties. A multinucleated mushroom, the Maitake lacks the distinctive gills on the underside of the cap. Multiple hats appear in layers of one thick underground stem, and can grow very large. The entire Fruit Body can weigh 50 pounds or more, with a single lid up to 12 inches in diameter. The lids range from white to brown, are nearly sticky when cooked, and have a slightly earthy flavor that matches the taste of your cooking medium. Maitakes have been researched for a variety of health benefits, including reduction Cholesterol And the blood glucose level in mice.
Shiitake mushrooms One of the most popular mushrooms in the world, and with good reason. Shiitake mushroom has been revered in Asia for centuries for its powerful medicinal properties, and has become a symbol of longevity in some cultures. The hearty and versatile Cheetax can be eaten raw or cooked, and are found in supplement form at many herbal drugstores. Cheetah plants grow in groups on decaying hardwood trees, and are also commonly grown for food and medicinal purposes. Classic umbrella shape, beautiful and big shiitakes. The hats range from white to light brown with white spots, and can be up to eight inches in diameter. Cooking triggersgarlic The aroma of pine nuts and the flavor is rich and earthy. Good luck to us – shiitakes are available year-round in most regions.
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2. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (Stamets, Paul, 2005, ISBN 1-58008-579-2)
Originally Posted: 2017-12-05
The article has been updated: 2019-2-16
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