Shrooms, man

The Magic of Mushrooms
            No, not those ‘magic mushrooms”, I am talking about your regular everyday mushrooms.  Mushrooms are anti-inflammatory, disease fighting, immune boosting, and have a unique and powerful antioxidant known as ergothioneine, a “master antioxidant” with unparalleled health promoting benefits, which include:
·         Reduction of oxidative stress by efficient “scavenging & quenching” harmful free radicals;
·         Conservation and maintenance of the levels of other more transitory antioxidants such as Vitamins E, Vitamin C and glutathione;
·         Increased availability of cellular energy sources;
·         Increased metabolic respiration and oxidation of fat;
·         Protection of mitochondria from oxidative damage by superoxide that is physiologically generated by mitochondrial metabolism;
·         Reduction of the damaging effects of environmental UV rays;
·         Protection against the effects of neurotoxins believed to have a role in cognitive decline.
·         Maintenance of system homeostasis as a regulator or effector
·         Protection of hemoglobin in red blood cells
·         Chelation of heavy metals for removal from the body(1)
 Mushrooms are rich sources of not only ergothioneine but also many other important bioactive antioxidants such selenomethionine, selenium, polyphenols and glutathione.  This combination of several antioxidants in a single dietary supplement may well provide synergistic benefits beyond that provided by the individual components in isolation. (1) Mushrooms are also low in carbohydrates and calories and a good source of B vitamins, fiber, trace minerals and protein.  In Asian countries the medicinal use of mushrooms goes back generations.  New, recent studies show how biologically active and significantly beneficial to health mushrooms are.
            Published in 2012 in 3 Biotech by Patel and Goyal, they stated that certain mushrooms can kill c_a_n_c_e_r by a variety of mechanisms.  Despite the scientific gobblety gook, I want you to see exactly what they were talking about.  The chief medicinal uses of mushrooms discovered so far are as anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol), anti-tumor, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory(stimulates the immune system), anti-allergic, nephroprotective(protects the kidneys), and anti-microbial agents. The mushrooms credited with success against cancer belong to the genus Phellinus, Pleurotus, Agaricus, Ganoderma, Clitocybe, Antrodia, Trametes, Cordyceps, Xerocomus, Calvatia, Schizophyllum, Flammulina, Suillus, Inonotus, Inocybe, Funlia, Lactarius, Albatrellus, Russula, and Fomes. The anti-cancer compounds play crucial role as reactive oxygen species inducer, mitotic kinase inhibitor, anti-mitotic, angiogenesis inhibitor, topoisomerase inhibitor, leading to apoptosis(C_A_N_C_E_R CELL DEATH), and eventually checking cancer proliferation.  I included exactly what they said so you can forward the exact information to anyone who needs it.  Because mushrooms absorb and concentrate what they “eat” it is important to eat only organically grown mushrooms.  In a polluted growing environment, mushrooms have been known to absorb and concentrate heavy metals and pollutants. So be careful.

            In another article from 2005 from the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, they found that mushrooms contain compounds that are, “antimicrobial, antiviral, antitumor, antiallergic(prevents allergies), immunomodulating(boosts immune function), anti-inflammatory, antiatherogenic(prevents fatty deposits in arteries), hypoglycemic(lowers blood sugar) and hepatoprotective(protects liver) activities.”  To survive in their environment, they developed strong antibacterial and antifungal properties.  So strong, in fact, that mushrooms are effective against multi-resistant strains of bacteria and other microorganisms.  Of modern antibiotics, penicillin, streptomycin and tetracycline are all mushroom derivatives.
            Mushrooms also protect your cardiovascular system by keeping fatty deposits from sticking to the arterial wall, lowering “bad” cholesterol while raising “good” cholesterol.  They contain sterol compounds that interfere with the liver’s production of cholesterol.  The B vitamins in mushrooms, protect adrenal function, support neurotransmitter function preventing brain fog and supports thyroid function.
            Eating mushrooms several times per week, promotes weight loss as it is a nutrient dense low-calorie food which has been linked to less body fat and waist reduction.  They also provide a good dose of Vitamin D, the lack thereof causes everything from heart disease to depression.  This can also lead to strengthening of the bones as Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption.
            As an esthetician, I would be remiss if I did not mention how great mushrooms are for your skin!  If you have fine lines and wrinkles look for products containing snow mushrooms, which are better than hyaluronic acid as the particles are much smaller and penetrate the skin more deeply and easily.  For acne, look for products with Agarikon mushrooms which reduces oiliness without drying the skin.  For sun damage or hyperpigmentation, look for Songyi mushrooms and kojic acid from shiitake mushrooms.  Mushrooms also provide diverse nutrients, which include antioxidants, B vitamins, copper and selenium.  Mushrooms offer benefits for every skin type!

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