Mycophobia: The fear of mushrooms. Many, many people have this fear, stemming from the idea that there are thousands of types of mushrooms out there, and some of them are poisonous. And then some people are grossed out just by the fact that it’s a fungus and don’t enjoy the taste or smell.
What these people may or may not realize, however, is how beneficial mushrooms truly are to us.
Despite having a negative reputation as a poisonous fungus, mushrooms are actually known for their healing powers and health benefits. Not only have they been used for thousands of years because of their medicinal properties, but they’re a healthy food because they’re a low calorie source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Research also shows that other being nutritional, they can boost your health in more ways than one.
Mushrooms contain what is known as Beta Glucan, which has been linked to boosting heart health and improving cholesterol, as well as regulate blood sugar. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms contain these. Mushrooms can also contain B vitamins, which range from protecting heart health, and benefits red blood cells, the digestive system, and maintaining healthy skin. Some mushrooms are full of an antioxidant called Selenium, which gives support to the immune system and helps to protect cells and tissues from damage. Some types of mushrooms contain a sugar molecule known as the lentinin compound, which according to studies, helped to fight cancer by strengthening the immune system. Studies have shown that mushrooms, such as Reishi, have been found to support relaxation and fight depression.
On top of being a healthy food and helping to manage weight when introduced into a diet, mushrooms have proven for years that they can improve our bodies and protect them against diseases.
If you’re like me and want all the goodness that comes with consuming mushrooms but find that you don’t like the taste or texture, there are a couple different options that Our Remedies has thought of. The first has to do with Chaga, one of our favorite types of mushrooms. You can boil the Chaga in water, scoop out the Chaga, and then use the Chaga water to your liking. You can use it as a water substitute in your coffee pot, or add it to your iced tea; the possibilities are endless! The second is our Chaga and Reishi Tincture. You can squirt a couple drops into your glass of water or cup of coffee, or just apply it directly under the tongue.
In short, don’t be afraid to add mushrooms to your daily diet! Obviously be careful of wild mushrooms that you find in the forest, and make sure that the mushrooms you consume come from a trusted source that knows how to properly harvest.