The Nutritional Benefits of Mushrooms

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‘Mushrooms are amazing and shocking the medical world by proving scientifically what our ancestors knew intuitively – they are a nutritional super food that just doesn’t get enough credit!

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Dr. Kayla Arthurs shares this list of four mushroom types that have been extensively researched:

Shiitake
Well known, easily available, and delicious, Shiitake has a history in China as far back as the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In Japan 1980s, research showed it is highly effective in supporting liver function and immune system activity.

Maitake
Unique in its anti-tumoral and immune enhancing activity, the concentrated D-Fraction in Maitake shows amazing results in US and Asian research studies to induce tumor cell death (apoptosis). In Europe researchers are even showing it able to effect the pro-apoptotic genetic component and provide new gene targeting treatment options for both breast and prostate cancers.

Royal Reshi
Reshi has long been recognized as the raw components of drug development in the East. Treasured by royalty, it was especially potent in heart heath. Reshi works by stabilizing blood pressure, balancing blood sugar levels and inhibiting clot formation.

Lion’s Mane
This white icicle shaped fungi is both beautiful and powerful. Japanese studies have shown that it is able to regenerate neurons using a nerve growth factor (NGF). Produced in the body NGF declines with age, and can significantly affect reaction time, intellectual acuity and reflexes. The bio-active compounds that act as NGF in Lion’s Mane can regenerate brain cells and improve memory, clarity, and coordination. This neural refreshing of the brain can effectively address neural damage and conditions that may result including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Dr. Kayla Arthurs is a naturopath in Arizona.