The Magic in Mushrooms. 8 health benefits of mushrooms plus a easy slow cooker recipe.


Mushrooms are loaded with essential nutrients.

Bullet proof your sleep with Mushrooms

Vitamin D deficiencies lead to sleep disorders. Most of us are vitamin D deficient. Low levels of of vitamin D can result in not only sleeping problems but depression, muscle pain, weight gain, lack of energy and digestive difficulties. Place your mushrooms in the sun for  60 minutes, allow them to soak up the vitamin d from the sun. One portion of sun-exposed mushrooms provides around 400 units. Other natural ways to help get your daily dose of vitamin d is sit in the sun for 20 minutes, fatty fish and egg yolks.

(Web MD suggests adults under 50 get at least 600 IU daily)


Could a mushroom a day help keep the doctor away?

A study done on mice and published by the American Society for Nutrition found that white button mushrooms boost your immunity function by increasing the production of antiviral and other proteins that are released by cells while they are trying to protect and repair the body’s tissues.

“If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial,” said Percival, an Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member. “We’re enhancing the immune system, but we’re also reducing the inflammation that the immune system produces.”


The “Antioxidant Superstar”

Mushrooms are excellent sources of antioxidants in general as they contain polyphenols and selenium.

Per Penn State :The ORAC values found in the latest study indicate that mushrooms are potent anti-oxidant sources. The research revealed that, of the mushrooms tested, portabella mushrooms and crimini mushrooms have the highest ORAC values. Criminis, which are brown, are otherwise similar to the popular white button mushroom, the one mostly commonly consumed in the U.S. The white button mushroom has an ORAC value of 6.9, above tomato, green pepper, pumpkin, zucchini, carrot, and green beans.


Kick up your metabolism

B vitamins are important for turning food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body burns to produce energy. They also help the body metabolize fats and protein. Mushrooms contain loads of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B3 (niacin): 100 grams (31/2 ounces) of crimini have 44 percent and 30 percent of your daily recommended amount, respectively, white button have 36 and 30 percent, and oyster mushrooms have 32 and 39 percent.

Cancer Prevention

White button mushrooms, such as crimini, commonly found in grocery stores and salad bars, help remove excess estrogen from circulation, making them helpful for preventing breast cancer. A tissue culture study published in the November 2010 issue of the journal “Experimental Biology and Medicine” found that white button mushrooms, along with four other varieties of common and specialty mushrooms, significantly suppressed breast cancer cell growth and reproduction states  Tracey Roizman, D.C., Demand Media



Mushrooms are a good source of chitin and beta-glucan, fibers that lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. A laboratory animal study published in the 2012 issue of the “International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms” found that pink oyster mushrooms reduced total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol and prevented arterial plaque formation. Further studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results. A compound in shiitake mushrooms, called critadenine, helps the liver process cholesterol. states Tracey Roizman, D.C., Demand Media

7)  Helps fight Anemia 8) Helps to lower Blood Pressure

Anemic patients are characterized by having low levels of iron in their blood, resulting in fatigue, headaches, reduced neural function, and digestive issues. Mushrooms are a good source of iron, and over 90% of the nutritive iron value can be absorbed by the body, which promotes the formation of red blood cells and keeps people healthy and functioning at their full potential. per an article written by organic Facts


 Helps to lower Blood Pressure

Studies of various types of mushrooms, including shitake and maitake mushrooms, have shown them to be high in potassium content. Potassium acts as a vasodilator, relaxing tension in blood vessels and therefore reducing blood pressure. High blood pressure is connected to a number of deadly conditions, particularly heart attacks and strokes. Potassium also increases cognitive function, because increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain stimulates neural activity. Studies have shown that increased levels of potassium improve memory and knowledge retention. per an article written by Organic Facts

 A Few Words of Caution:
Seriously, mushrooms can be very dangerous! Most species of mushrooms are not edible and are highly poisonous. Don’t ever try picking mushrooms for consumption from the woods, your yard or anywhere you see them growing. Mushrooms also have the ability to soak up the material that they grow on, either good or bad. This ability what gives mushrooms so much of their beneficial power, but also their dangerous aspects. Many mushrooms, when picked in the wild, contain heavy metals, which can be very toxic, as well as air and water pollutants. Buy your mushrooms from a trusted source or a local grocery store chain.

Medical disclaimer is committed to providing information on natural and alternative health, but I am not a health care professional. All material provided by my website is for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as medical advice or recommendation. Any health concern or condition should be addressed by a doctor or other appropriate health care professional. The information and opinions found on this website are written based on the best data available at the time of writing, and are believed to be accurate according to the best of my discernment . There is also hallucinogenic mushrooms but this blog isn’t about those trippy things.

There are roughly 200 species of mushroom that can be classified as ‘magic’. Their common ingredient, psilocybin, induces mind-altering effects by forming new neural pathways in the brain. This can result in euphoria, hallucinations, and changed perception of the passage of time. It can also induce nausea and panic attacks.


Here is a Slow Cooker recipe that includes mushrooms but not the “trippy” kind  from my upcoming book. A survivors cookbook guide to kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty!
Slow-Cooker Wild Rice with Cranberries and Mushrooms
Wild rice has a wonderfully gluten free nutty flavor and is actually considered an edible grass. Has twice as much protein as brown rice, very rich in antioxidants, high fiber content, essential minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and folate, Vitamins A, C and E. Wild rice could even turn out to be one of nature’s superfoods. In Chinese medicine wild rice is used as a treatment for diabetes for it might help to reduce insulin resistance. White button mushrooms can help enhance weight loss and it’s a good source of vitamin D, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, excellent for diabetic’s, helps to protect your liver and kidneys, increases blood flow, helps normalize your cholesterol levels. Mushrooms contain loads of vitamin B2 and vitamin B3 (niacin), just enough to jump start that metabolism. Dried cranberries has antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. Sounds like this dish is one of those must-eat for your health! Who knew being healthy can taste so good?
1 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
1 tablespoon Ghee or coconut oil, melted
¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt or Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup red onion, diced
2 cans (14 ounces each) vegetable broth
½ cup of white button mushrooms, diced
½ cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Rinse the wild rice in cold water in a mesh strainer. Sauté the onions in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee. Mix all ingredients except almonds and cranberries. Cover with lid and allow to cook on low heat setting 5 hours until wild rice is tender. In ungreased cast iron skillet, heat almonds over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until they start to brown, once it begins to brown , keep stirring until golden brown and smelling wonderfully fragrant; Stir in almonds and cranberries into rice mixture. Cover and cook on low heat additional 15 minutes.


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Xiaoshuang Dai, Joy M. Stanilka, Cheryl A. Rowe, Elizabethe A. Esteves, Carmelo Nieves, Samuel J. Spaiser, Mary C. Christman, Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, Susan S. Percival. ConsumingLentinula edodes(Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2015; 1 DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2014.950391
The above post is reprinted from materials provided by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The original item was written by Brad Buck. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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