No, not the hallucinogenic ones!
I’m talking about my TOP 7 “Fun Guys” aka Fungi or in Italian “funghi”.
You might have heard of Porcini, Button, Cremini, Portabella which are used in cooking but I want to talk about Shitakii, Reishi, Cordyceps, Chaga, Maitake, Lions Mane and Turkey Tail.
Medicinal mushrooms have been used for over 5,300 years and there are more than 20,000 species but only 30 species are safe to eat.
So, why have we not been hearing more about them and seeing them more in stores?
My guess is that they are one of those “hidden secrets” but that is all about to change and it should!
These TOP 7 Medicinal Mushrooms are Immune Supporting Superfoods! WHY?
They contain a powerhouse of healthy pre-biotic bacteria for our gut microbiome which I talked about in a previous blog.
They are also high in fiber and protein. Loaded with B1, B2, B12, C, D, E, selenium and potassium too! They have natural compounds like flavonoids, polyunsaturated fatty acids and polysaccharides which are beneficial for supporting immune function and gut health!
Medicinal mushrooms are anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory!
Shitakii and Oyster mushrooms can be found in most conventional grocery stores. Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail and Maitake are more rare but can still be found in dried form at most Asian grocery stores. If you prefer to take them in capsule, powder or tincture form, visit your local healthfood store.
Did you know …..?
You can grow your own medicinal mushrooms using coffee grinds! https://growmushroomscanada.ca/#!/home
It’s simple, eco-friendly and good for your health! So, enjoy making that homemade cuppa joe https://www.pavincaffe.ca/coffee-tea-and-consumablesand save the grinds to grow your fungi!