Medicinal Mushrooms, are they magic?
Some of you are most probably raising an eyebrow and saying “WHAT, mushrooms are poison to dogs aren’t they?” Although some are, lots are not and worth looking into, here is a little of why.
Let’s keep it simple
Quite simply, medicinal mushrooms are known for the following:
- Immune boosting/modifying
- Analgesic/pain relieving qualities
- Anti-cancer properties
There are many ongoing research trials with medicinal mushrooms with interesting results.
The immune modulating properties in medicinal mushrooms are worth singing about.
If you are a person or a dog with allergies or other immune issues, such as arthritis, then the ability to give the immune system a little push and shove to help it to behave better can be of great benefit.
Those Beta Glucans are at it again!
Beta Glucans are Polysaccharides, these are large molecules made up of smaller ones.
The Beta Glucans in mushrooms are starting to raise eyebrows with their ability to fight diseases. In on-going clinical trials they are being harnessed, and added to different types of foods, look out for those Shitake Vanilla Yogurts in a store near you soon!
Beta Glucans from mushrooms are also being singled out & used alone, or alongside medication in clinical trials & in diabetes management due to their insulin increasing capabilities.
Mushrooms can be very soothing on the gut and can be given to those recovering from gastro issues, as well as Pancreatitis or upset tums when they are ready to try food again, their natural enzymes assist with aiding digestion.
Reishi Mushrooms in particular have shown in trials to see gut imbalance do a total u turn, the fatty acids ensuring intestinal repair. A complete game changer for those with Chrohns, colitis, IBS, Candidia overgrowth etc.
Let us not forget Chaga, Shitake, Lions Mane & many other medicinal shrooms, all have tremendous powers within the gut.
Since over 70% of our immune system resides in the gut it is always the first place to build a solid wall of resistance to illness, mushrooms can assist greatly in this.
If I were to list all the ailments medicinal shrooms are used for and are treating we would be here all day, but it’s pretty impressive & here are just a few:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Surgery recovery
They might just be magic after-all, just not in the way you think!
We feed fresh mushrooms lightly cooked on low heat in just a little water & also give the mushroom synergy powder, a blend of 7 mushrooms.
Try making this Superdooper Immune broth:
Great for recovery, illness or allergies & one to share!
This mushroom broth is a great addition for any pet (or human come to that) but especially those with allergies, or that are recovering from illness or operations.
30 to 50g of mushrooms such as Shitake, Reishi, Cordycepts, Turkey tail etc, Try adding our powdered mushroom complex mix in at the last 5 minutes.
No need to be exact, make it your own.
Rough chop the following:
Good chunk of turmeric root
Small chunk of Ginger
Sprig of Thyme
Teeny few grains of good clean sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
Cover with filtered water. (Roughly around 6 to 8 cups but enough to cover ingredients by a few inches)
Bring to the boil & simmer gently for 20 minutes. There is no need to boil the life out of it.
Optional: Garlic, pepper, little red cabbage, orange pepper, broccoli, handful of spinach added at the end.
Serve on its own or add to meals. Can also be frozen, loses 3 to 8% of nutrients when freezing so not dire and some is better than none in our opinion.