27 Apr Medicinal Mushrooms are the Future of Longevity—Find These Ones on Your Next Hike!
Over 2,400 years ago, famous herbalist Shen Nong praised reishi mushrooms as the superior healing substances that can extend a person’s life and even raise their level of consciousness. Without side effects, this mushroom works on all aspects of your being and creates harmony between the body, mind, and spirit.
Reishi is one of the most powerful mushrooms known today, but it certainly is not the only one. There are over 10,000 types of mushrooms that are currently found in the world, and mycologists predict that many are still waiting to be discovered. Some mushrooms are poisonous, many are culinary, but a group of them possess such strong medicinal properties that they are becoming the very future of longevity and well-being.
These mushrooms can prevent and cure cancer, detoxify the body, improve functions in all organs, protect against viruses, and even improve your energy and mood.
Here are the main ones you should know about to use in your daily life and incorporate into your wellness routine.
Five Medicinal Mushrooms To Look For in Nature
A lot of mushrooms are rare to find in nature and are instead grown by farmers for culinary and medicinal uses. However, these five mushrooms are often found by foragers and are not uncommon to come across accidentally. You may have seen some while hiking in the woods without knowing it.
When looking for mushrooms, it is important to learn from those who have been mushroom-hunting (foraging) for years, and who know the area you are in. When in doubt, rather than foraging for them yourself, it is best instead to look for fresh picks at farmers markets or buy them at a store. Medicinal varieties will come in a supplement form more often than fresh.
Reishi Mushrooms: Mushrooms of Immortality
Medicinal properties: anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-tumor, antioxidant; good for the liver; promote healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar; prevent disease.
Reishi mushrooms are one of the easiest to identify, and they have no poisonous look-alikes. There are many different species, which grow all around the world on dead and dying trees and tree stumps. They need to be harvested young when their underside is still white. When they get old, hazardous mold can grow on them.
Dried reishi mushrooms can be used to make tinctures or to brew medicinal tea. Their healing properties include being able to better adapt to life’s stressors: both mental and physical. For this reason, it is recommended to take this mushroom daily.
Reishi also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties. These mushrooms can help regular healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. They are excellent at preventing the majority of diseases.
The only side effect ever reported from consuming reishi is a rare chance of an allergy, which is something to be aware off with any new food or plant.
Chaga Mushrooms: A Superfood for Immunity
Medicinal properties: boost the immune system, anti-inflammatory, cancer prevention, anti-aging, good for the liver.
Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that commonly grows on birch trees in the Northern hemisphere. It is found in the forest of the United States, Canada, Russia, Korea, and Northern European countries.
Chaga is a rare mushroom, and it needs to be harvest sustainably. When harvesting it, leave about 20% of it left on the tree as this will assure its survival.
Using Chaga medicinally stimulates the immune system by increasing the production of cytokines. These substances serve as immune system messengers and work together with the white blood cells to fight infections and disease while also reducing inflammation.
Nutrients found in Chaga act as amazing preventatives against many types of cancer. They also protect the health of the liver. Like Reishi, Chaga also has anti-aging properties.
Lion’s Mane: Brain Power
Medicinal properties: protect the brain, fight cancer.
Lion’s Mane grows on different dead and dying trees in the woods. Its appearance stands out from the rest of the mushroom family. Instead of a stem and a cap, it looks like a giant white sponge. It does have a poisonous look-alike, and many prefer to grow it instead.
It is a popular mushroom for culinary mushroom connoisseurs because of it seafood-like flavor. It is a great seafood substitute for vegetarians and vegans.
Lion’s mane is also popular for its medicinal benefits. This mushroom is one of the best foods for preventing neurological and brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. It also is a great cancer-fighting food.
Turkey Tail: A Powerful Healer
Medicinal properties: prevent cancer, boost immunity.
Turkey Tail gets its name from its multicolored banded caps. These medicinal mushrooms are found on all continents except for Antarctica, and they have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Dry turkey tail mushrooms can be used in both tinctures and teas.
Like Reishi, they boost the immune system and help prevent cancer. They can be found in the woods, purchased in stores, or found in supplement form.
When foraging for these mushrooms, it is important to make sure that the location is clean and not next to a factory or another environmental hazard because turkey tail absorbs and store heavy metals.
Morels: Most Prized Culinary Delight
Medicinal properties: a source of vitamin D, antioxidant, liver protection, immune system booster, protects against damage done by pharmaceutical drugs.
Morel mushrooms are a favorite of many people living in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. They are considered one of the most prized edible finds and cost a lot of money because of their rarity and amazing flavor.
Many people hunt for morels themselves to save money and feel the joy of finding these sneaky fungi. Morels do have a poisonous look-alike, but they are not hard to tell apart.
False or poisonous morels have an inside stem when cut in half while true edible morels are completely hollow.. In a true morel, the whole mushroom should look like one connected body. However, there are many reasons to harvest or purchase morel mushrooms besides their taste.
Morels are highly medicinal and can provide numerous benefits. Morels are a good source of vitamin D. They are full of antioxidants. They enhance the immune system function and protect the liver. Lastly, they have a unique ability to protect the body from damage when taking pharmaceutical drugs, including chemotherapy. Research has shown that a strong extract made from morels boosts the natural defense of the cells thus protecting them from toxicity-induced damage. Whether for their taste or healing properties, you will want to find morels this spring.
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