Surprising Facts about Mushrooms and Your Health…

Surprising Truths about Gourmet
and Medicinal Mushrooms…

We noticed in a recent Wall Street Journal article that lots of Americans have been getting long-delayed medical exams and minor surgeries since Obamacare was declared to be Constitutional by the Supreme Court. It seems that people understand that, as more political hacks get involved in our medical system, the level of care will likely fall.
So let’s talk about another proactive thing you can do for your health in an era of rising politics in medicine.

Edible and Profitable Mushrooms

The unique food we have in mind here is mushrooms – not the canned variety served on pizza, but gourmet and medicinal mushrooms that are a bit harder to find but well worth the effort. Such mushrooms have a surprisingly large and passionate market. Yet they aren’t so strange that first-timers will turn up their noses.
Gourmet and medicinal mushrooms have been desired for hundreds, even thousands of years, around the world. They taste great and are a welcome addition to almost any diet. And many varieties have traditional uses as healing foods.
This unique food can provide you and your loved ones with high nutrition to keep you mentally and physically strong.

Mushrooms: Nature’s Gourmet Pharmacy?

Mushrooms are not vegetables as many mistakenly believe, they’re a fungus. The part we consume is called the mycelium. Mushrooms are low calorie, low sodium, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and are a rich source of selenium, vitamin D, potassium, niacin, riboflavin, and more.
According to the Fungi Perfecti Laboratories website, mushrooms enhance our immune system in at least seven important ways. That’s a tremendous benefit from a tiny and often-overlooked food, and just the kind of thing we want our families to be able to take advantage of when times are tough, infectious agents are spreading, or access to grocery stores is cut off.
Paul Stamets, a noted expert on the health benefits of mushroom, writes,
The immune system is activated multifactorially by many components in mushrooms… many of which work synergistically to optimize health.
He goes on:
Using mushrooms and mycelium in their natural forms makes them functional foods. With mushrooms, the adage that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ seems particularly descriptive. For the majority of us, mushrooms are a whole system tonic, benefitting overall human health, fortifying and readying your host defense of immunity.”
Mushrooms carry so many health benefits they should probably have their own corner on the Food Pyramid.

Mushrooms Can Help You Feel Full
in Lean Times or Lose Weight!

Food researchers claim mushrooms have one more important benefit, especially for lean times. They contain the ‘fifth’ basic taste, umami. The other tastes are sweet, salty, bitter, and sour.
The word ‘umami’ comes from the Japanese language, and the taste is described as “savory, brothy, rich, or meaty taste sensation. It’s a satisfying sense of deep, complete flavor, balancing savory flavors and full-bodied taste with distinctive qualities of aroma and mouthfeel. The more umami present in food, the more flavorful it will be. All mushrooms are a rich source of umami and the darker the mushroom the more umami it contains,” says research.
It’s worth mentioning this satisfying flavor from mushrooms comes with low salt and low fat, making mushrooms a great dish for weight loss and health.

Grow, Trade, and Sell Gourmet and
Medicinal Mushrooms at Home…

Grow   Your Own Mushroom Kit
Getting started is pretty easy today; you don’t have to go searching in the woods anymore. You can buy ready-made starter kits that have everything you need to successfully grow gourmet and medicinal mushrooms at home. You can grow popular and in demand varieties like shiitake, enoki, maitake, reishi, oyster, Portobello, the white button mushrooms used on pizzas, and more.
In-home kits cost less than $50 and offer multiple flushes (harvests). When you’re ready to graduate to outdoor mushroom growing, you can purchase kits for under $100. Depending on conditions, growing outdoors can give you more overall flushes, larger flushes, for a longer period of time (perhaps years); however, it takes longer for the first flush to mature and grow.
Growing mushrooms indoors or in your yard could be cheaper than buying them at the store, you can dry your mushrooms for later use (and retain the nutritional value) and even sell them to restaurants.
What we especially like about the idea of growing your own mushrooms is that it’s a doable step toward self-reliance and produces tangible results quickly. Producing your own mushrooms gives you a lifetime skill plus a healthy gourmet food item to add to your regular diet immediately.