Things that make you go mmmm......
Some of the most esteemed medicinals in Chinese medicine that have been used for thousands of years are mushrooms.
Modern science and medical research has found these wonder fungi to contain compounds that can have these effects:
· Radical scavenging
Now one of the funky superfoods, they can also;
· Be rich in antioxidants
· Stabilize the immune system
· Boost brain power
· Help to balance hormones
· Relieve digestive problems
So what are the best and how do I use them?
1. Reishi (Ling Zhi)
The "mushroom of immortality" Powder / capsule / smoothies etc or soups..
2. Cordyceps ( Dong Chong Xia Cao)
The "caterpillar fungus." Tincture or powder / shakes and teas.
3. Turkey Tail ( Yun Zhi)
One of the most extensively researched of all medicinal mushrooms it has a very mild mushroom flavour and can be made into a simple decoction and drunk as a tea alone.
4. Lion’s Mane (Hóu Tóu Gū)
5. Chaga (Hua Jie Kong Jun)
High levels of melanin give Chaga a dark color and results in it having strong antioxidant and genoprotective effects. Best taken as a tincture.
So get your cook on!
We are what we eat so get your cook on, explore the world of new foods and new recipes and live from your kitchen.
To get you started this guide on using medicinal mushrooms from these peeps has recipes and ideas to get your creative ideas flowing.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.