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6 Medicinal Mushrooms That Promote a Healthier Body and Mind

| 2/27/2019 11:16:00 AM

When you hear the word fungus or fungi, you may think of mold or fungal infections — yuck! But some fungi are quite tasty, nutritious, and good for your health. Mushrooms are indeed savory fungi, and people have been eating them for thousands of years.

Various types of mushrooms are known and used in many dishes around the world. If you like pizza, then you must have eaten a lot of mushrooms, specifically the common button mushrooms. Besides being a great choice for a pizza or pasta topping, certain types of mushrooms are used in traditional medicine and have been shown to possess therapeutic properties.

Of the many edible mushroom varieties, there are six that top the list when it comes to giving you the most health benefits. If you are looking to enhance your health in a natural way, you should start getting more of these healthy and nutritious fungi in your diet.

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Asian cultures have long revered shiitake mushrooms for their health and longevity enhancing benefits. This is one that is relatively easy to find in your local supermarket, and you can incorporate it into soups and main dishes to give you a boost of natural goodness.

Shiitake mushrooms contain different nutrients, including B and D vitamins, as well as copper, selenium, and other minerals. With proven antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, shiitake mushrooms have been used to fight tumors and cancer.[1] They are also used to lower cholesterol levels and boost immunity.[2] If you are worried about getting sick during cold and flu season, start piling these on your plate.

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