With over 38,000 species of mushrooms known to man, it’s not hard to find some that both medicinal and great in recipes. While some mushrooms tend to have a mixed reputation, many are not only delicious but also medicinal.
But from the Vikings to the Ancient Greeks, the practice of using medicinal mushrooms for food and medicine has been enjoyed by people for centuries.
With the wonders of modern medicine, we now know more than ever before about the benefits of medicinal mushrooms and that they are great in recipes.
Shiitake mushrooms – for blood health…and more
Shiitake mushrooms are popular staples in traditional Japanese dishes. Whether you throw it into a soup to help enhance the umami flavor of the broth, or into a stir fry for some added crunch, shiitake mushrooms have a solid place in a variety of dishes.
As a superfood, shiitake mushrooms have been known to help people with weight loss and with maintaining healthy skin. They are also proven to boost the immune system to help fight off illnesses.
As a part of this, shiitake mushrooms improve blood flow, which can be especially beneficial to those suffering from atherosclerosis.
As an excellent source of vitamins B and D, the shiitake mushroom makes an excellent addition to any meal you plan to cook for yourself or your loved ones.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms – for cognitive support and brain health… and more
The popularity of lion’s mane mushrooms lie in their promotion of cognitive health. The two compounds found in lion’s mane, hericenones and erinacines, support the growth of brain cells, improving cognitive functionality.
This mushroom also possesses an abundance of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, they improve gut health, and can stabilize your mood.
Lion’s mane is best enjoyed either fried of sautéed. It is important to remember that these mushrooms retain large amounts of water, so you must either avoid washing them or give them time to dry before tossing them into the frying pan.
Morels – for bone health…and more
There is a reason morels are so treasured. Their thin, earthy, meaty flavor is unmatched in the world of mushrooms.
Simply sauté them with a little oil, butter, wine, or cream, and you’ll have yourself the tastiest of meals.
These mushrooms are a great source of calcium, making them ideal for improving bone health and for preventing osteoporosis.
They are also high in important vitamins and minerals including as Vitamin B12 and Copper.
Cordyceps mushrooms – for energy and immune health…and more
Used as a medicine in ancient China, Cordyceps have the potential to offer valuable healing properties.
They are proven to increase adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which boosts energy during exercise.
There is also research to suggest that cordyceps may also have anti-aging properties, have the ability to heal tumors, help stabilize blood sugar levels, and help reduce fatty triglyceride in your blood.
Cook this earthy mushroom into a pasta or soup and enjoy reaping the plentiful health benefits.
Port0bello mushrooms – for the heart…and more
Meaty, hearty, and bursting with flavor, portobellos are a tried and tested favorite in many kitchens.
As a highly versatile mushroom, they can be grilled with steaks, or as steaks, and savory barbeque sauce, or grilled alone as mushroom bacon.
Otherwise Portobello mushrooms can also be sautéed with garlic butter or can even be used to create mouthwatering stuffed mushrooms. portobellos can go with just about anything.
Portobello mushrooms are also a fantastic source of copper, potassium, and Vitamin B6. Containing 11% of your daily fiber, these mushrooms have proven to lower your risk of heart disease and improve digestion.
Wrapping it up
There is so much more to mushrooms than the tried and true button mushrooms, tasty, healthful and versatile as they are.
Combining the medicinal with the culinary benefits, mushrooms are a must for most kitchens…and medicine cabinets. Be sure to keep an eye out as we explore even more varieties of mushrooms for the gifts they bring to life.