2017 is the year of the mushroom. Actually, the mushroom has burst onto the superfood scene as more than a staple of the culinary arts. No longer just for stroganoffs and stir-fry dishes, mushrooms are being used in recipes and drinks due to their abilities to balance blood sugar, reduce inflammation, fight cancer, improve blood flow, support the respiratory system, regenerate nerves, normalize cholesterol, protect the liver, reduce the risk of heart disease and more. Their anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties make them the one of the most viable natural sources in the world for healing people suffering from a wide array of diseases and conditions.
Mushrooms contain compounds that work by increasing the white blood cell count in a person, thus activating the immune system. They are a surprising source of natural vitamin D, delivering a dose of 140 to 2000 IU for every 100 grams of mushrooms consumed. They absorb minerals, vitamins, and all other nutrients from the soil, trees, or plants they grow. It is important to note that mushrooms will absorb harmful, toxic, unhealthy substances if they are grown in poor conditions. Ensure your mushrooms are sourced from a safe, reputable source to ensure they were grown in good environments. Sometimes the nutrients soaked up by the spongy material has been building up for decades, making it one of the most powerful superfoods nature has to offer. The minerals and vitamins found in mushrooms include folate, niacin, zinc, vitamin B6, iron, riboflavin, thiamin, copper, panthothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and selenium.
Long Standing History
Mushrooms have long been known for their healing powers. Japan, China, and Russia have used mushrooms for medicinal purposes for numerous centuries. Mushrooms are the foundation of many modern drugs too, including anticancer drugs, statin treatments, and penicillin. So, even though they have long been recognized in various cultures for their incredible benefits, why are they just becoming so popular in America now?
Newest Mushroom Craze
The 2017 mushroom craze and new excitement is majority based on the health benefits and solutions to modern day health issues, especially the big ones. They are shown to have great promise when it comes to protecting and detoxing the body of the multitudes of toxins and pathogens that come our way daily. There are several types of mushrooms that are adaptogenic; translating into the fact that our bodies go through a variety of modern day stressors and these types can help our bodies adapt to them.
Clemson University and Mushroom Mountain have both sited they are investigating the medicinal uses of mushrooms as well as their amazing power in healing those who are suffering from auto-immune conditions. Mushroom Mountain is investigating mushrooms for numerous uses across industries (not just for edible consumerism), all falling under what is being called ‘mushroom science.’
Mushroom Powdered Extracts
Powdered mushrooms extracts are the product of new processes that pull the most beneficial parts of the mushrooms into a form that is easily consumed by people. For optimal health advantages, look for a combination of some sort containing lion’s mane, reishi, cordyceps, turkey tail, himematsutake, chaga. Other products found include a Vanilla Protein Mushroom Shake from Moon Juice and a Golden Milk Latte from Erewhon Market.
How to Get the Superfood in Your Body
The mushroom extract powder is not only packed with superfood healing properties, but is also tasty in tea, smoothies and coffee. Some say it is best to use strong flavors with mushroom powders to enhance the mild earthly, neutral taste. Local health stores and some groceries will have these products, but of course the real thing can be purchased from your farmer’s market or grocery store. Check out these popular recipes if you are not sure where to start, but want to get involved with the power of mushrooms in your diet.
Superfood Mushroom Hot Chocolate
- Raw cacao powder (generous dose)
- Healthy sweetener of choice
- 6 oz. water
Directions: Mix ingredients in water and stir until well blended. Drunk until satisfied!
- Milk of choice (soy, almond, dairy, cashew, etc.)
- Mushroom powder extract
Directions: Mix until a thick and creamy consistency is reached and enjoy!
Make your own mushroom blend at home by blending them together. It is recommended to use several species of mushrooms for your home blend. Here’s one great trio to try:
DIY Mushroom Powder