Herbal Ally-Mysterious Mushrooms

As the summer nights turn into autumn, the Catskill Mountains, upstate New York, become awash with magical, mystical, and medicinal mushrooms. “Toadstool” refers to the multitude of mushrooms that emerge between rains. “Fungi” is the technical term. Fungi are plants. However, they do not have roots or flowers. You can find mushrooms in any witch’s recipe because of their strange and sometimes sexually suggestive shapes, ability to grow (and glow!) in the dark, or psychedelic color. There are many reasons mushrooms should be a regular part of your diet. Is it enough to fight cancer? You can get the best guide on http://www.ayahuascahealings.com/ayahuasca-retreats-usa-ayahuasca-church/ayahuasca-ceremony-trip-preparation.

It’s true. All edible fungi, including the ordinary white button mushrooms found in supermarkets, are capable of preventing or reversing cancerous cell changes. We are not sure why. Maybe it’s because the fungi find, concentrate, then share with us trace minerals that we need to build powerful and healthy immune systems. Perhaps it’s their abundance of polysaccharides which seem to be all-round health-promoters. This could be because mushrooms provide a good source of protein, B vitamins and low-calorie sodium. You could also highlight the anti-cancer, antioxidant, and immuno-tumor properties found in the stalks, caps, gills and underground structures (mycelia), of every edible mushrooms.

You should cook your mushrooms. Researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical School found out that mice who ate unlimited amounts of mushrooms (Agaricus bifidus) developed more malignant tumors in their lives than mice who ate the same amount of cooked mushrooms.

I love to go on August and September walks barefoot on bright green mosses and lightly on the fragrant fallen pine and hemlock needles. I also enjoy climbing up rocky outcrops with ferny whiskers and skirting swamps buzzing with mosquitoes. I am always looking for my fungi buddies, whether I’m following a stream down the bank or walking on stone walls and inhaling the smell of righteous decay.