Mushrooms should have their own superfood status all on their own. This quiet little fungi has been used for thousands of years and thoroughly deserves a place on your plate.
Linked to enhancing our immune system for their powerful anti-ageing properties (Dr Weil created a whole skincare range around them) these subtly flavoured delights really have something to shout about.
More powerful than red wine
There is a wealth of evidence that confirms their ability to support human health. Oyster mushrooms have been shown to improve antioxidant production in the body, yielding a comparable anti-ageing effect to resveratrol (move than red wine!).
Powerful immune support
Shiitake, Maitake and Reishi mushrooms provide a range of immune modulating polysaccharides, triterpenes and vitamin D making them powerful immune support during the winter months. Maitake mushroom have been found to be particularly good at boosting our immune system and have been shown to utilise an inhibitory effect on the flu virus. And the reishi mushroom has a wide range of uses: Rebecca Wood author of ‘New Whole Foods Encyclopedia’ said “As an immunostimulant, it is helpful for people with AIDS, leaky-gut syndrome, Epstein-Barr, chronic bronchitis and other infectious diseases. It is used as an aid to sleep, as a diuretic, as a laxative and to lower cholesterol.”
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