Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms
There are about 35 species of mushrooms available, most are edible and have medicinal properties. Americans are slow to embrace these meaty morsels but they are becoming increasing popular, both in the kitchen and in laboratories studies.
Mushroom are not only an important source of nutrients but they stimulate the immune system as well. Researchers are discovering what eastern medicine has known for ages. Researchers say that can possibly help high cholesterol, fight cancer and perhaps AIDS.
Fight Cancer Eh?
Recent studies at City of Hope in Duarte, California have found that the white stuffing mushrooms has the greatest effect but white button mushrooms, shiitake, cremini, baby button mushroo and Portobello has medicinal value, to preventing breast cancer. They contain a phytochemical called conjugated linoleic acid that inhibits aromataste, the protein in your body that makes estrogen.
In postmenopausal women, these mushroo suppress estrogen production. In fact, they found that there was a 58% reduction in the growth of breast tumors when mushrom extract was consumed.
About 60% of premenopausal women and 75% of postmenopausal women with breast cancer have a hormone-dependent cancer, which means estrogen helps tumors grow. Therefore, controlling your estrogen levels can limit or prevent tumors.
Postmenopausal women have smaller amounts of estrogen in their bodies, so the mushrooms provide even greater protection for them.
The active polysaccharide in maitake mushrooms, a.k.a. beta-glucan or D-fraction has been “more effective than lentinan in shrinking tumors”, experts say.
Stimulate the Immune System and AIDS
Eating maitake musrooms and shiitake mushroos have proven to be a very good way to boost the immune system. In fact, scientist have tested the success of the beta-glucan, which was able to prevent HIV from killing T cells, the immune system’s crucial white blood cells, against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Take a Stab at Reducing Cholesterol
Who’s at risk for having high cholesterol? Your cholesterol levels are approaching the high risk zone if your levels are 200 and above.
Eritadenine, one of the compounds in shiitake mushrooms can effectively lower cholesterol levels.
Eating oyster mushrooms, dried mushrooms, can reduce blood cholesterol levels by 45%.
Great Source to Obtain Vitamin B
Mushrooms, white button mushroom and shiitake mushrooms, are a great source to obtain Vitamin B, both rifoflavin and niacin (niacin is one of the action packed active ingredients in NATUREAL Revert 10.0).
Introduce Your Family to Mushrooms
If you or your children don’t like the taste of chop them up very small. Otherwise cover dried mushroms with water, bring them to a rolling boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Our favorite is sautee’ cremini .
Reference the recipe below and let us know your thoughts on our family’s new side menu favorite!
Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms
1 lb. Cremini , Remove Stems
2 Shallots, Minced
1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme Leaves
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
½ Cup White Wine
Dash Sea Salt
Dash Fresh Ground Pepper