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Oh, yes: "maitake" means "dancing" -- ancient japanese people apparently danced with joy when finding these mushrooms. For thousands of years, healers have used them in tonics, soups, teas, prepared foods, and herbal formulas to promote health and long life. Researchers are now studying the medicinal effects of mushrooms on the immune system, cancer, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. ...Read more
Maitake Mushrooms: Maitake mushroom drops do not show enough evidence to be used for weight loss in humans. It also hasn't been studied enough to find all the side effects, however, it can affect blood sugar and interact with diabetic medications. For weight loss, the best idea is to eat a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables. Also, increase water intake and gradually increase exercise. ...Read more
Could be: Commercial mushrooms come from safe sources. If you are into foraging for them, either you must be an expert or do this with an expert. Some like morels are easy to identify but others can be difficult and mushroom poisoning is something you would rather not acquire. ...Read more
Is it possible to be allergic only to portobello mushrooms? I only have symptoms with portobellos. I have had truffles and no reaction.
Not proven: Although certain mushrooms are said to possess anti-cancer effect, there has been no scientific proof to support the assertion. However it will likely do no harm either except on the wallet. ...Read more
Morels: There are many health benefits from mushrooms but the specifics depending on what kind of mushroom it is. I will talk about what is most often called a morel. However, when we foraged for them in the blue ridge mountains as a child we called them merkels. They contain antioxidants and are reported to aid liver health. They contain fiber, vitamin d, potassium & iron. They are delicious (cont'd). ...Read more
No: Commercial mushrooms added to food makes them more palatable and interesting. Mushrooms from this source have few nutrients however. Be careful about harvesting your own as there are some seriously poisonous varieties growing wild. In general, however, mushrooms are neither bad nor good in the usual sense of these words. ...Read more
Very healthy!: Seems they are particularly good for you - even more than some other mushrooms. Especially for a strong immune system they are considered very beneficial. Read: http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice;dbid=97 no risks that i know of except possibly in the dirt or packaging. Best! ...Read more
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