A Delicious & Easy Way To Boost Your Immunity Here is a delicious and easy way to boost your body's ability to respond to allergies, infections and inflammatory conditions. Medicinal mushroom experts have been telling us for years that mushrooms can help prevent numerous immunological conditions, including cancer and inflammatory ailments. Is this simply wishful thinking? No. Now we find that even so-called culinary mushrooms also have many of these immunity-boosting effects. The most recent evidence comes in the form of a clinical study conducted at the University of Florida's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. The researchers conducted a four-week study using 52 healthy young adult volunteers, ages ranging from 21 to 41 years old. The test subjects were divided into two groups. Before and after the four weeks of mushroom consumption, the volunteers' blood and saliva were analyzed. After four weeks of eating the shiitake mushrooms, the subjects showed significant increases in immunity parameters. Additional Research:
The Most Potent Healing Mushroom on This Planet Photo credit: bigstock.com Of all the hundreds of varieties of edible mushrooms on this planet, one stands head and shoulders above the rest; Cordyceps. Although it has actually been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, this mushroom really burst into the mainstream back in 1993 when the women’s track and field runners from China broke nine world records at the Chinese National Games, held that year in Beijing, China. Suspected of using steroids, all the women on the team were tested but the results were negative for anabolic steroids. Although Cordyceps has no steroidal compounds, it does improve performance, and helps the body to build muscle. This powerful fungus has been greatly treasured throughout China and has been used for numerous health conditions, as a sexual aphrodisiac, and as an adaptogenic herb, helping people’s body’s better cope with stress. There are two different types of Cordyceps mushrooms, Cordyceps militaris or Cordyceps sinensis. 1. 2. 3.
Chaga Mushroom: The Immune-Boosting Superfood Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) is a mushroom that typically grows on birch trees in colder climates across the Northern Hemisphere. At first glance, the mushroom doesn’t look very appealing; actually, it doesn’t even looks like a mushroom at all! Appearances can be deceiving, however, as this special mushroom packs a punch when it comes to its health value. What Is Chaga Mushroom? Chaga has been consumed for centuries in the East, most typically as tea, where its health benefits are well established. More recently, chaga has been gaining popularity in the West, where its numerous health benefits are now being recognized by many health gurus. What Are the Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms? The health benefits of Chaga are numerous, many of which can be attributed to its immune-boosting ingredients and antioxidants.  Let’s go through each of the top 6 health benefits: 1. Chaga has an abundance of Beta-D-Glucans which help balance the response of the body’s immune system. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. 2. 3.
Medicinal Mushrooms - Ancient Knowledge, Modern Healing By Gavin Bragg Guest Writer for Wake Up World Mushrooms have been used by all ancient cultures all over the world. They were highly revered in ancient Peru, where they “used the power of mushrooms medicinally, nutritionally and spiritually.” Even more amazing, Amadou mushrooms have the ability to store fire! Medicinally speaking, mushrooms are one of nature’s greatest gifts. But where medical mushrooms really excel is with immune system modulation. (3) Ancient Knowledge, Modern Healing Different mushroom have different properties so, to get the full spectrum of all the different kinds of healing agents mushrooms offer, it is best to utilise a blend of several mushroom species. Immunomodulating agents in medicinal mushrooms include: PolysaccharidesGlycoproteinsErgosterols (steroid-like compounds that create vitamin D in sunlight)Triterpenoids”(1) It is the synergism between these elements that makes mushrooms so medicinally powerful. “… for high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
Agaricus blazei - Agaricus brasiliensis, Himematsutake, 姫松茸 Agaricus blazei (Agaricus brasiliensis, Himematsutake, 姫松茸) This is a species of mushroom whose identification seems to have begun in the West unlike many other mushrooms and medicinal plants. It was found in the north eastern side of the US and Canada. Later on it was identified in Hawaii, California, UK, the Netherlands, Philippines, Brazil and Taiwan. Every community that uses it refers to it very fondly. Its various names are God’s mushroom, mushroom of life, royal sun agaricus, Mushroom of the sun, almond mushroom, princess, and many other beautiful names. The look of Agaricus Blazei The mushroom has a cap whose colour varies from white, grey, all through to reddish-brown. The shape of the cap begins as a hemisphere then it develops into a convex shape. The gills, which are squeezed closely together, begin as white, and then they develop to pink as the mushroom grows. When the mushroom is young its stipe is solid but it becomes hollow as it ages. The Culinary Use of Agaricus Blazei
Shaggy Manes and Inky Caps - Mushrooms, Uses and Health Effects The Mycelium As in all fungi that produce mushrooms, the body of the shaggy mane mushroom consists of thread-like structures called hyphae that are hidden in the mushroom's substrate. The branching hyphae form a mass known as a mycelium. The mycelium produces aerial mushrooms to distribute the reproductive spores of the fungus. Fungi belong to their own kingdom. Some fungi are more active than others in their effort to get food. The Mushroom The shaggy mane mushroom is roughly cylindrical in shape and is white or cream in color. The mushroom doesn't open to form the typical umbrella shape of grocery store mushrooms until it begins autodigestion, turning black as it does so. Autodigestion begins at the edge of the cap and proceeds inwards. The production of an inky liquid is not the shaggy mane's only claim to fame. Distribution and Habitat The shaggy mane is found in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
5 Ancient Legends About the Secret of Immortality Chasing down the ancient world’s alchemical obsession with obtaining the Philospher’s Stone: the secret of immortality Mortality has tormented our consciousness since the first human witnessed death and realized his or her own eventual demise. The inevitability of death and speculation upon the nature of afterlife has always been an object of obsession for mystics and philosophers. For many cultures, mortality is one of the major qualities that separates humanity from the Gods. While humans are born, subjected to the will of nature and die, the gods of the ancients and the gods of today are usually characterized as immortal; immune to the darkness that awaits every man and woman. Naturally, the earliest storytellers and holy men dreamed of ways to become immortal as well. In mythologies around the world, humans who achieve immortality are often regarded as gods, or as possessing god-like qualities. Lingzhi Mushroom (Via Wikimedia Commons) 1. Amanita Muscaria (via) 2. 3. 4. 5.
Identify Poisonous Mushrooms: Some Detailed Tips Below you'll find a list of common characteristics to help you identify poisonous mushrooms of the Amanita genus. This list is by no means the final word! Weather and other environmental factors can change the shape of a mushroom, making it difficult to identify. So please remember that this is just a guide to supplement learning, which should be done through books and especially guided forays. Don't eat any mushroom based on what you've read here! An amanita forms as a small button in the shape of an egg. During the young button phase it's easy to mistake an amanita for a puffball. While not all amanitas are deadly, some contain the powerful toxin amanitin. Below are common traits that will help you identify these poisonous mushrooms (with some visual aids, of course!). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Amanitas usually start appearing during the second half of the season, in summer and fall. Knowing how to identify poisonous mushrooms will go a long way towards the prevention of poisoning yourself.
Mushroomers ClubGrowing Mushrooms The Easy Way With Hydrogen Peroxide ~ mushroomers club What Is Hydrogen Peroxide and Why is it Used in Mushroom Cultivation? According to Wikipedia, hydrogen peroxide is a clear and odorless liquid similar to water with a strong oxidizing capacity. Due to its oxidizing properties it is used as a bleach or cleaning agent. For consumers, it is usually available from pharmacies at 3 and 6wt% concentrations. Commercial grades from 70 to 98% are also available, but the latter require special care and dedicated storage. Hydrogen peroxide decomposes into water and oxygen while this process is thermodinamically dependent. between 3%-8% it is used to bleach human hairused to whiten bones6% is useful for disinfecting cuts and to stop bleeding in superficial cutsit can be used to clean tile and grout on floorsat a concentration of 35% it is used as an antimicrobial agentetc. As far as I know, and underlined by Randall and others, commercial hydrogen peroxide is obtained chemically (but there are also natural ways to obtain hydrogen peroxide). C.
Healthy News and Information by J HERMAN Growing delicious mushrooms doesn’t take very much effort – you can even do so in something as simple as coffee grounds. There are just a few things you’ll need to do this well, which I will cover. I’ll be showing you how to grow pearl oyster mushrooms, for the record. They are quite easy to grow, taste great and make for a good first time project if you’ve never planted mushrooms before. For this project, you’ll need:- A bucket or container of some kind; a 5 gallon plastic pail is recommended. – A good amount of coffee grounds; you’ll want to fill half of your pail with the grounds – Mushroom spore (like these) – Plastic wrap (optional) – Spray bottle for watering your mushrooms If you’re going to be building up your coffee grounds over time, it’s a good idea to store them in your freezer as this will prevent them from getting moldy. Take the grounds out of your freezer 24 hours before you’ll use them as this will allow them to reach room temperature and settle there. Share:
How To: Growing Oyster Mushrooms Growing edible mushrooms can be easy, but you must pay attention to the requirements of the species you are growing. Each species has specific “ideal” requirements for temperature, humidity, light, and nutrition. Generally, oyster mushrooms are the easiest to get started with, and you can start with a kit or buy some spawn online to grow them in straw. Grey Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are very forgiving, but they grow faster and produce better with the following conditions: Spawn Run: 75F, 85-95% Humidity, 12-21 Days, no lightPrimordia: 50F-60F, 95-100% Humidity, 3-5 days, Fresh air 3 times daily, Partial ShadeFruiting: 60F-70F, 85-95% Humidity, 4-7 days, Fresh air 3 times daily, Partial Shade Pink Oysters (Pleurotus djamor) are better for warmer weather: Spawn Run: 75F-85F, 90%-100% humidity, 7-10 daysPrimordia: 65F-75F, 95%-100% humidity, fresh air 3 times a day, full light, 2-4 daysFruiting: 70F-85F, 85%-95% humidity, fresh air 3 times a day, full light, 3-5 days Materials
How to tincture medicinal mushroooms | Natural Health by Karen Ganoderma, also known as Lingzhi or Reishi (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Medicinal mushrooms are in great demand because of their adaptogenic effects and their actions against cancer. They improve the immune system, balance the hormones of the HPA axis, are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, tonify the heart, protect the liver and soothe the nerves. Taking them in an effective way is not so easy. If you want to take them as a tea (decoction) you need to simmer them for at least an hour to separate the medicine from the chitin. Tinctures or liquid extracts are portable, let you taste them which makes them more effective than capsules, but are not simple to make. Polysaccharides clump together when exposed to alcohol and become inert. For 250 grams, slightly over 1/2 pound of mushrooms you will want to make 1 1/4 liters of liquid extract. The first stage is to decoct the the given weight of dried mushrooms in water. Start with your ground dry mushrooms. 32 people like this post.