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.
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