The Healing Powers of Medicinal Mushrooms

Early in recovering my health, my nutrition practitioner suggested I take a maitake green tea. “Hmmm, a mushroom tea?” Yes, she told me that maitake is one of the most effective medicinal mushrooms for inhibiting tumor growth and while I didn’t have cancerous tumors, my body seemed to create fatty tumors that pressed on nerves as a side effect of the connective tissue disorder I had been diagnosed with.

From that point on, I became curious about medicinal mushrooms. They grow quickly in dark, moist places. Rich in minerals, antioxidants and B vitamins, they can provide good nutrition, although they are best eaten cooked, rather than raw.

Where they are superstars is for your immune system. When you cook them, they release beta glucans — highly prized for their immune-supporting benefits. In fact, it was mushroom research that led to the discovery of penicillin. And their ability to reduce cholesterol led to the development of the first statin drug in 1976. Here again, we find pharmaceuticals being developed from nature’s innate wisdom. So what if you want to try medicinal mushrooms for yourself — can you reach for them instead of pharmaceutical drugs?

Dr. Judy Mikovits, molecular biologist with expertise in immunology, virology, epigenetics and cancer says yes! And she taught us about it last night in The Wellness Project by Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation’s gathering on Immune-Healing Foods, Supplements and Remedies Part 2.

Here are some brief highlights:

  • Reishi – great for immunity, especially cancer and viral conditions and retroviruses.
  • Cordyceps – great for lungs, asthma, COPD, bronchitis
  • Turkey Tail – helps with blood sugar metabolism
  • Shitake – helps regulate cholesterol
  • Chaga – helps regulate vitamin D and boost energy

Consuming medicinal mushrooms can be excellent for conditions like Lyme disease, autoimmune conditions, connective tissue disorders, autism, gut problems, and more. However, it’s important to beware of how they are produced. For example, it’s critical that they are not dried with glyphosate (toxic herbicide). It’s critical to seek out organic or wildcrafted, properly prepared medicinal mushrooms if you are using them for your health.

If you want to learn more, just say yes in comments and I’ll post the link to the video replay once it’s up. This is a non-profit program and tickets are on a sliding scale, starting at free.

Learn How to Use Nature’s Healing Foods and Remedies!

In Immune-Healing Foods, Supplements, and Remedies Part 2, You Will Learn:

  • Healing with Medicinal Mushrooms – Cut through the confusion about what medicinal mushrooms do for your innate and adaptive immune responses. Find out how to choose the right medicinal mushrooms that support you – which have too much immunity or too little immunity. Find out which products Judy has tested for purity and the clinical results she’s seen.
  • Camel Milk – Camel milk is making a big impact in the natural health world because it contains important nanobodies (very small, single chain antibodies) that cross the blood brain barrier. Some people with autism, ME/CFS and other chronic health conditions don’t make the right antibodies for immunity. Find out why camel milk has important nanobodies that can support your immune system. Learn how to find the best camel milk, how much to take, and whether this could be a solution that works for you.
  • Q&A: Healing Remedies – In our first two events, we learned about how your immune system works and how to use foods, supplements, and remedies to support your immune system health. In this event, we’ll discuss how to put all of this together, how to choose whether some or all are right for you, and guidelines for how much, timing, and listening to your body.
  • Video Recording – All people who register for the live event will also get the video recording.
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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!