Health benefits include cancer fighting, cholesterol lowering
If we think about mushrooms at all, we may consider them a tasty addition to a salad or casserole. In fact, an estimated 38,000 species of mushrooms, most provide a wealth of protein, fiber, B vitamins, and vitamin C, as well as calcium and other minerals. And at least three species have demonstrated phenomenal healing potential: maitake, shiitake, and reishi. These medicinal mushrooms have been shown to boost heart health; lower the risk of cancer,; promote immune function; ward off viruses, bacteria, and fungi; reduce inflammation; combat allergies; help balance blood sugar levels; and support the body's detoxification mechanisms.
Why are medicinal mushrooms becoming increasingly popular in North America? Harriet Beinfield, acupuncturist and co-author of Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine, explains: " the movement began with healthy food in the late '60s; now it's health medicine. People are interested in medicinal mushrooms because they've been used effectively for thousands of years".
Maitake, shiitake, and reishi mushrooms
have many overlapping properties: all boost immune function,
all support cardiovascular health, and all show promise in lowering
the risk of - or treating - cancer. However, maitake is specifically
recommended for the stomach and intestines, as well as blood
sugar levels; shiitake treats nutritional deficiencies and liver
ailments; and reishi promotes respiratory health and spirituality.
Source: Nature's Impact Dec
/ Jan - 1997/98