Mushrooms are one of those overlooked, underestimated foods. They’re actually superfood stars known for their health benefits and adaptogenic powers. Often thought of as vegetables, mushrooms actually fall into the fungus category, but don’t be alarmed, this just means that they have no roots, seeds, flowers or leaves. Mushrooms are often overlooked as a simple topping for pizza, but mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses offering great health benefits. The following three types of mushrooms are especially beneficial to incorporate into your diet.
Shiitake mushrooms are known for immune boosting powers and as a great source of non-animal iron for those who don’t eat meat. They are also rich in vitamins B and are a good source of zinc. Shiitake mushrooms have a rich, smoky flavor that pairs well with meats like steak and lamb. For vegetarians, shiitake mushrooms are rich enough to substitute for meat in a dish like grilled vegetables skewers or a risotto.
Cordyceps are known for its restorative and cancer preventative properties. It can be found whole or dried and easily added to soups and stews. Or, it can be bought as an extract in liquid or capsule form for easy, frequent ingestion. If you need immunity support and overall energy and performance support, take cordyceps regularly to maintain overall wellness.
Also known as “hen of the woods” because it grows in large, feather-like clusters, Maitake has anticancer, antiviral and immune supporting properties. Maitake also helps to maintain regular blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Saute them in some heart-healthy olive oil and garlic to compliment a roasted chicken, or place them atop a thin-crust pizza with seasonal vegetables and sprinkle with parmesan.
Incorporate these three varieties of mushrooms into your diet to support your overall well being and create some new, exciting dishes!