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Mushrooms: Immune System Magic

From the depths of the muck of the earth, there is recycled, organic compounds forming into new creations. Mushrooms are among the most underrated superfoods on the planet.

Mushrooms act as an immune system regulator by stimulating the immune system without actually directly exposing the body to pathogens.

Due to their breakdown, mushrooms have compounds formulated to strengthen and balance the immune system beyond any other food.

Mushrooms balance the immune system because they have immune system stimulating compounds and immune system suppressing compounds; which is distributed in the body accordingly. They are called immunomodulators.

This means mushrooms can boost a weak immune system as well as pacifying an overactive (auto-immune) system.

Why you should give a Shiitake

Among the most popular mushrooms is the Shiitake; but do you know why? Aside from its flavor and great contribution to your dinner, it's famous for its vast amount of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are actually needed for fueling our bodily functions.

These nutrients include vitamin D, vitamin B, niacin, selenium, 7 (of the 8) amino acids, and an abundance of enzymes that result in better food absorption. Shiitake has also been proven to have anti-cancer activity due to how strongly it boosts the immune system.

If you're looking for a great healing mushroom to cook with, its the Shiitake!

Q Does cooking mushrooms cause them to loose their nutrients?

A Yes. But don't stress it. Cooking mushrooms down can take away up to half of their nutrients (mostly the water soluble ones) but it also allows you to use more mushrooms in your dish and it's possibly a more enjoyable option to your palate, depending on the meal. That being said, if you have an option for a raw mushroom dish (like chopped onto a salad, or mixed with your pasta) use it to reap the full benefits.

- SHIITAKE MISO SOUP -

recipe by allrecipes.com

4 c veggie broth

4 shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced

1/4 c miso paste

4 tsp soy sauce

1/3 c diced tofu

2 green onions trimmed and thinly sliced

Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a saucepan. Add the mushrooms, reduce heat tow low, and simmer for 4 minutes. Stir the miso paste and soy sauce together in a small bowl; add to the broth along with he tofu and continue cooking for 1 minute more. Pour the soup into bowls and top with the green onions to serve.

And now they're capsulated, you're welcome.

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