Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mushrooms!! Who knew??

This is CRAZY!!!! and very interesting! Well, for me anyway, because I'm all about how food can be used to heal the body. I'm of the opinion that nature provides everything we need to be healthy. With the onset of fast and convenient foods we have lost the ability to use food to maintain health. So, now we have to continually search out these foods. Here's one for ya!! Guess what it is.... Go on, Guess!!!

It's a mushroom!! Wait, you cheated! It was in the title. Its called Lion's Mane mushroom.

The cool thing about this mushroom, besides the way it looks, is that it is super nutritious!

Did you know that a mushroom has a DNA profile more similar to humans than plants??? Isn't that amazing?
Mushrooms, as you probably know, are a fungus. But what prompted me to write this is I was reading my Well Being Journal yesterday in between bouts of manic housecleaning. And I found an article about this mushroom. It's being studied right now with positive results in people with Alzheimer's and Dementia. It's shown to work just as well and sometimes even better than the prescription drugs currently being used to treat these diseases. And there are no side effects.

Basically, this mushroom actually grows nerve cells. That's pretty big news!

This mushroom has been used for years in traditional Chinese medicine. In 2005 a study on rats showed that compounds in the mushroom have antioxidant properties, may lower blood lipid levels, and even reduce blood glucose levels. It also showed to stimulate nerve growth and myelination.

In case you don't know, the myelin is the sheath that covers the nerves. Think of an extension cord. The electrical wires (your nerves) are wrapped in a rubber, insulating sheath (myelin). People with Multiple Sclerosis usually have lesions in the myelin. When there is a gap in the myelin the signal from the brain to the muscles get "lost" making it difficult for people with MS to use their muscles properly. I know this because my husband has MS. We're treating it naturally without drugs too by the way. More effectively than the drugs I might add!!

So, the mushroom thing is very exciting news!!

We'll need to keep an eye on this. I know a lot people are super skeptical of natural methods and will want to talk to their doctors first. I say, from a safety standpoint and advice giver go ahead, that's a good idea. I, however, will just jump in and try it. It's a mushroom, for goodness' sake!! It's food. I never consult my doctor before eating food, because my doctor doesn't know jack diddly about food matters. He knows drugs.
My husband's neurologist told him that aspartame was very safe because its FDA approved. Are you kidding me?? We almost broke out into a fist fight over that little argument. Everyone in the know, knows that aspartame is absolutely not safe!!! A neurologist should know better.

Okay, enough ranting!! Doesn't it seem like every post I submit has a rant? Sorry, I try to contain myself. I just can't seem to help myself.

Back to the good news!! They sell the mushroom extract in a pill form. You can order it from amazon.com at the top of this post. You can also get it from iherb.com. I get tea from there. Its a reputable company.

If you try it, let me know how it works for you! 


  1. Misty,
    That mushroom looks neat. I have to admit that I've alway been partial to mushrooms. The DNA fact is very interesting. Be careful out in the country picking mushrooms... All of you cats and dogs may look start to look like the Lion's Mane Mushroom with leg's, begging for attention.


  2. Oh, I don't think I would eat wild mushrooms anyway! I have friends. who can go out and find good ones. But, I see a lot of them growing in my yard, on old logs, and in our horse's poop. I've been told they aren't safe species. I can't tell the safe ones from the unsafe ones, so I guess I'll just buy them!