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Mushrooms Health

Can Eating Enoki Mushrooms Lower Your Cancer Risk?

Paul Stamets | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

While there are no clusters of enoki growers and enoki eaters to study in the U.S. like there are in Nagano, this Japanese study could inspire epidemiologists to study the effect of higher mushroom consumption.

Maitake: The Magnificent 'Dancing' Mushroom

Paul Stamets | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

Feeding upon the dead roots of aging trees, maitake mushrooms emerge from dark grey mounds that form a few inches under the soil at that base of the tree. From the underside of their flaring leaf-like protrusions, white spores dust the ground below or are sent adrift into the wind.

The Mighty Oyster Mushroom: The Workhorse Of Gourmet Fungi

Paul Stamets | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

Of all mushrooms commonly consumed, oyster mushrooms in the genus Pleurotus stand out as exceptional allies for improving human and environmental health.

Chaga, The Clinker Fungus: This Mushroom Looks Scary But Can Benefit Health

Paul Stamets | Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

While this strange-looking mushroom has been called a "tree cancer" since it will eventually kill its host tree, it has attracted interest for centuries in fighting human cancer and other diseases.

Agarikon: Ancient Mushroom For Modern Medicine

Paul Stamets | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

I am convinced Agarikon and other polypore mushrooms hold yet-undiscovered medicines of incalculable value. If Agarikon's antivirals prove to be effective in clinical trials, I do not think it is an exaggeration to say we should save our old growth forests as a matter of national defense.

Lion's Mane: A Mushroom That Improves Your Memory And Mood?

Paul Stamets | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

Mushrooms provide a vast array of potential medicinal compounds. Many mushrooms are well-known for these properties, but the lion's mane mushroom, in particular, has drawn the attention of researchers for its notable nerve-regenerative properties.

A Supplement-Free Way To Get Your Vitamin D

Paul Stamets | Posted 09.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

Mushrooms are not only wonderful sources of vitamin D, but they offer us many opportunities for maintaining and improving health. Whether you expose cultivated mushrooms or wildly-harvested edibles, both become jam-packed with vitamin D after light exposure.

Beyond Sunlight: Try This Trick To Get More D

Paul Stamets | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that boosts the immune system and plays vital roles in human metabolism. Did you know that tasty mushrooms are one source for vitamin D, and that you can naturally multiply their levels by exposing them to sunlight?