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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


"Shiitake Mushrooms Are Better To Eat"



There are various species of mushrooms in the world and the ones that we should be concentrating in  adding to our healthy diet are not as popular as the cultivated white or "button" mushrooms, portobello, and criminin mushrooms known to be found on supermarket shelves throughout the United States.  According to Dr. Andrew Weil white mushrooms, portobello, and criminin has natural carcinogens that are toxic.  Mushrooms should not be eaten raw.  Mushrooms should be cooked - heat helps break down many of the toxic constituents.
What are the other mushrooms that we should be eating instead?
Shiitake Mushrooms an edible fungus native to Asia that has health promoting medical properties.  Shiitake has 10x the flavor than the white button mushrooms and a meaty texture.  These mushrooms are known for their immune system support.  The compound, lentinan, in shiitake helps makes the immune system strong, fights off disease, infections, and free radicals.  According to the American Cancer Society, lentinan is believed to stop or slow down the tumor growths.  Another compound, D-Eritadenine (DEA), found in shiitake helps lower cholesterol levels and supports cardiovascular health.  More research is coming out that shiitake can help fight cavities and tooth decay.
Excellent sources of the following:
  • Iron
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin Bs
  • Zinc
  • Fiber
  • Selenium
  • Copper

**An added bonus...

By exposing mushrooms in the sun for at least 60 minutes (1 hour), it will provide as much Vitamin D as a supplement.  Cooking does not reduce the Vitamin D consumption. How about that!

Remove the mushrooms from its package.
Shiitake Mushrooms

Place mushrooms outdoors directly in sun.
1 hour (60 minutes) in full sunlight during the
hours of 10am-4pm sun's highest sun rays.

Sun Exposed Mushrooms
Vitamin D!
Ready to be cook and eat

Maitake, Reishi, Lion's Mane, Enoki, and Cordyceps are some of the exotic mushroom varieties that are now becoming available in the United States.  Maitake, Shiitake, and Reishi are known as the "medical mushrooms" due to their long history in alternative Chinese medicine world.

In conclusion it is worth investing in buying and eating the exotic mushrooms, like shiitake or the maitake, to get the health benefit and to avoid the other mushrooms that have the carcinogens toxic.  Keep in mind all mushrooms must be cooked to kill off the toxins.

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