Are Mushrooms Good for You?
Q: Are mushrooms good for me?
A. Yes, mushrooms are high in Vitamin D, Iron and they lower our cholesterol. You may think twice about pushing them aside!
Q. Are mushrooms a vegetable?
A. No, all mushrooms are Fungi.
Q. OK, which mushrooms fight cancer?
A. Shiitake mushrooms fight tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. Shiitake is also very good for fighting infection. Maitake Mushrooms are good for breast cancer. You can eat a half-cup a day to improve immune response. Reishi Mushrooms are also good for anti cancer effects, as well as anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
Q. Do mushrooms help protect us in other ways?
A. Studies show that consumption of mushrooms do also help with inflammation, particularly the Porcini Mushroom. The Porcini mushroom is similar to the Portabella mushroom.
Q. Thanks Dr Liz! Can you tell me about the shimeji mushrooms?
A. Sure. The Shimeji Mushrooms are known to treat asthma, Allergies and diabetes.
Q. What about oyster mushrooms?
A. Oyster mushrooms are high in anti-oxidants and are being studied to treat HIV.
Q. What types of mushrooms do you like to eat?
A. I love all types of mushrooms. If you’re a little hesitant to indulge in these little treasures, I recommend getting a mixed package of white mushrooms, and mix them in with a handful of Shiitake. Saute them for 7 minutes in coconut oil. Delicious!
About Dr. Liz Perry
Dr. Liz is a primary care provider with a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Harvard University. For over 22 years, Dr. Liz has worked as an international healthcare consultant, has traveled the world, and has written hundreds of published articles as a health journalist.