4 Types Of Medicinal Mushrooms And Their Benefits

Mushrooms are known across the world for their benefits and exquisite flavor. They are health boosting vegetables, which contain all the right ingredients to keep you in good health by warding off diseases. Most mushrooms are used to keep the immune system strong, remove toxins from your kidneys and liver, and manage your stress levels.

Mushrooms are used to prepare medicines, soups, edible dishes as well as tea. But no matter how they are used, mushrooms are definitely medicinal and give you all kinds of health benefits. In fact, they have been used for thousands of years and continue to be used as storehouses of health.

Types Of Medicinal Mushrooms:

But are all mushrooms medicinal? Not really! Some mushrooms are better than others when it comes to health benefits. Here are some of the top medicinal mushrooms that you can use:

1. Chaga Mushrooms:

Chaga Mushrooms are full of antioxidants. They stimulate the immune system, and reduce inflammation, stomach diseases and worms that grow within the intestines. These mushrooms have the ability to fight various types of cancer, such as breast, liver and uterus cancer. People looking for relief from symptoms of HIV/AIDS can make use of this amazing mushroom. Chaga mushrooms are usually consumed with tea.

2. Reishi Mushrooms:

Reishi Mushrooms help in increasing longevity, boost your memory, and fight diseases. Often these mushrooms are used to increase energy levels, manage tension, ease arthritis, pain and treat hepatitis too. Though these mushrooms are inedible, you can easily include them in your tea, coffee, soups, as other edible dishes. Check out a few reishi mushroom dishes to cook them safely.

3. Maitake Mushrooms:

Maitake Mushroom is a powerful medicinal mushroom that can control diabetes and cholesterol, protecting your body from several cardiovascular diseases. Since Maitake mushrooms are a source of beta-glucan polysaccharides, they can definitely help strengthen your immune system.

4. Cordyceps Mushroom:

The cordyceps mushroom is a special type of medicinal mushroom that can help you strengthen the body as well as the mind. These mushrooms help the body fight cancer and boost your immune system too. Often, cordyceps mushrooms are used to increase endurance and treat lymphoma. Most doctors and experts suggest that these medicinal mushrooms are enough to reduce the symptoms of asthma, respiratory disorders, and bronchitis. They can be powdered and added to tea or even included in healthy dishes and soups.

Health Benefits Of Medicinal Mushrooms:

The Cordyceps mushrooms offer various health benefits and they are:

  1. Medicinal mushrooms are good for people afflicted with conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension. People suffering from various kidney and liver problems too can benefit from these medicinal mushrooms.
  2. Medicinal mushrooms have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Many studies have shown that these mushrooms can go a long way in protecting the body from free radical damage, which causes cancer. Just add these mushrooms to your daily diet and cut the risk of cancer!
  3. If you are suffering from cold or flu, make some tasty soup using these medicinal mushrooms to get immediate relief! You can even use mushroom extracts to boost your immune system.

A Word Of Caution:

Most medicinal mushrooms are safe to be consumed. But to be safe, do consult your doctor before you include these healthy fungi in your diet. You should also be careful while preparing dishes with these mushrooms. Some, like reishi mushroom, can be toxic. Check out the safest ways to cook these mushrooms to stay safe.

Mushrooms are healthy and they taste great too! There are a number of recipes you can try to enjoy the health benefits of these medicinal mushrooms. Tea, soups, pizza toppings—the choices are endless, when it comes to mushroom dishes. Prepare the ones you love!

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