The Guide To Medicinal Mushrooms

The Guide To Medicinal Mushrooms By Mushroom Mike for Natural Blaze

You’ve witnessed the decline of the American healthcare system and the constant attacks on American infrastructure and are extremely concerned about how non-stop money printing is going to impact your wallet. You’ve started to look into growing your own mushrooms for food, but you’re also wondering whether medicinal mushrooms have a place within your secret garden.

If this is where you find yourself, read on.

What mushrooms are considered medicinal mushrooms?

The world of mushrooms is fascinating. The research that mycologists are churning out now on a daily basis is truly electrifying as we learn more of the secrets that mushrooms have in store. They can be used to pull heavy metals out of the ground, to decontaminate water, as food, and, yes, even for different health reasons.

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Just about any mushroom out there could be found to have some form of health benefit. It appears Hippocrates was right when he said, “Let food be thy medicine.”

Mushrooms can be difficult to grow, however. If you’re interested in learning more about growing what could be considered medicinal mushrooms, you’re likely to get involved in raising/foraging one of the following mushroom varieties below.

Oyster mushrooms

Oysters are widely considered the easiest mushroom to grow. The cool thing about these eager-to-please little boogers is that they have a good amount of lovastatin within them. Lovastatin can lower one’s cholesterol levels.

It should be pointed out that there are a wide variety of oyster mushrooms out there, though. According to one study which tested grey, white, and pink oyster mushrooms, it was the grey-colored oyster mushrooms that had the highest levels of lovastatin.

(Hey, while you’re checking out mushroom information, open our free QUICKSTART Guide to home canning in another tab. You’ll be glad you did!)

Shiitake mushrooms

The ability to potentially lower cholesterol seems to be a trend amongst mushrooms, and shiitake are no exception. These mushrooms are high in a chemical compound called eritadenine, which also helps to lower one’s cholesterol levels.

Plenty of beta-glucans are also present, which limits the gut’s ability to even absorb cholesterol, and has the added benefit of reducing inflammation within the body. They’re good for your body’s ability to produce white blood cells as well and may help benefit one’s immune system as a result.

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