Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » 8 Types of Medicinal Mushrooms

8 Types of Medicinal Mushrooms

Diet and Nutrition News & Advice, Featured, Mobile Slider Featured

For thousands of years mushrooms have been used to help sustain people around the world. But they do more than simply feed us and keep us alive. Mushrooms can also promote health and vitality, carrying out certain functions that other foods cannot.

The trick is knowing which mushrooms do what and how to find them. Thanks to the advancements of modern science, we now know more about mushrooms than ever before, including how mushrooms can reduce inflammation, boost our immune system power, and give us more energy…

1. Cordyceps Mushroom

This rare mushroom can be found on caterpillars in the north of China. Traditionally, cordyceps been used to treat a range of health conditions, from type 2 diabetes to severe asthma. Now, experts are focusing on the potential of cordyceps to improve kidney function in patients undergoing kidney transplant.

But that’s not all; according to research from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, it’s even possible that cordyceps can boost our endurance, making us able to run faster and jump higher. So, this isn’t the type of mushroom you’ll be slipping into your favorite pasta sauce, but it might make the difference if you’re looking to boost your overall state of health.

shutterstock_242103904

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat

  • 8 Amazing Things You Didn't Know You Could do with Eggs!
    Forget the age old debate of what came first, the chicken or the egg? It's time to focus on the many things you're favorite breakfast food and baking ingredient can do in your...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Cacao vs. Cocoa: 6 Sweet Ways to Tell the Difference
    Just one tiny slip of a little "a" and cocoa becomes cacao. And trust me; these two foods share very different properties and health benefits (or lack thereof).
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Zesty, Creamy, Cheesy Benefits of Nutritional Yeast
    Nutritional yeast might not sound very appetizing as it rolls off your tongue, but trust me; a few sprinkles over a freshly popped bowl of stove-popped corn will convince you to...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Superfoods from Grandma's Kitchen
    Do you think for a second that your grandma and grandpa ate chia seeds? Seriously, the concept of “clean eating” wasn’t even in their vocabulary.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Foods That Are Healthier When Eaten Raw
    If someone asked you to name your favorite food, chances are you’d reply with something—like cake, steak, or French fries—that requires at least some cooking.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Health Benefits of Rosemary
    Dried or used fresh in culinary dishes or extracted as an oil and used in hand creams, soaps, and applied topically to treat chronic dry skin (eczema) and ward off insects—it...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Power of Paprika
    That vibrant dusting of crimson red atop mom’s famous potato salad or deviled eggs is more than just decoration.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Health Benefits of Oregano
    Nothing fills the senses (and Nona’s kitchen) with warmth as much as aromatic oregano.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 5 Things You Should Know about Quinoa
    It would seem that the super food quinoa lives up to it’s health star status. The super grain is actually pretty amazing, but even though it’s a newer feature in North American...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Nuts You Should Eat
    For many reasons, nuts should be a staple of every healthy person’s diet. Put aside your fears of their fat content and focus on the many positive nutritional aspects of these...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Kale vs. Spinach: Which Leafy Green is King?
    Are you faced with a leafy green conundrum at the grocery store or farmer’s market? We know that dark leafy green veggies are good for us, but I get a lot of readers asking if...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Go Ape for the Health Benefits of Bananas
    Tucked into briefcases and lunch boxes, cut up into cereal or yogurt, blended into smoothies, or smeared with nut butter for an evening snack—North Americans are undeniably ape...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Lesser Known, Health-Boosting Beans
    Do you tend to stick to the same dried or canned black and kidney beans every time you make chili or soup?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Health Benefits of Beets
    Sure, they might look a little rugged on the outside, but beets. Are. Great. Not only are beets packed with sweet flavor and nutrition (i.e.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Health Benefits of Honey
    A certain teddy bear from a favorite childhood story always seemed to be getting him in trouble searching for his favorite food.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice