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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
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
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
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
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
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
Hi . Please tell me how do i know if mushroom is bad or safe to eat? What should i looking for first to know?
Suggeation: If not absolutely, clearly, 100% sure that a mushroom is safe to eat, then do not eat it. Some mushrooms can kill you. Not an authoritative or definitive guide. Avoid parasol-shaped, that look like wide-open umbrellas with white rings around the stem and white, milky gills. Brightly colored and spotted parasols, may be Amanitas, full of one of nature's deadliest poisons. Avoid cream-colored caps ...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 to the mushroom: I'm sure the mushroom might be offended if it knew that it had such a bad rap with humans....but to answer your question, they are currently not used medicinally because of their high potential for abuse and addiction. They cause changes in mental status and cognition and therefore, I would advise against their use as harm can come to you or others while under their influence. Try rhubarb instead. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psilocybin: "magic mushrooms" contain a chemical called psilocybin, which is a natural hallucinogen (similar to lsd, which is synthetic). You can read warnings about it here: http://tinyurl.Com/9gxhsdz and lots more info, some of it very subjective and even positive here: http://tinyurl.Com/4f7qh like all powerful mind-altering drugs, psilocybin can be very dangerous depending on the circumstances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some can: Amanita phalloides and others (a. Virosa, a. Verna, a. Bisporigera, galerina autumnalis, g. Marginata, g. Venenata, lepiota helveola) are associated with potentially fatal hepatitis. These are fairly uncommon varieties and wouldn't be found in stores. In general, wild mushrooms should not be consumed. ...Read more
Hallucinations: Used recreationally, hallucinogenic mushrooms can lead to psychosis, intense fear, and panic. Doses are extremely variable, and can be too high. In contained therapeutic situations, research is being done with more moderate doses of the active compound, psilocybin. Some participants spoke of a mystical experience of sacred connectedness. For some, positive change. http://tinyurl.com/8o33k5a. ...Read more
It depends: What mushroom, how much, in what context (the person taking it, age, medical conditions, why used etc) are all elements required to fairly answer that question. I don't think, however, just because something is psychodelic, it means it is bad for you, but that opinion is unfortunately not widely held in our current american culture. This brings up the legal concerns regarding use. ...Read more
Not realistically: There is a hydrazine derivative in some mushrooms called agaritine that binds to DNA and in ridiculously high doses produces cancer in a few animal models. I know no bioscientist who avoids mushrooms. Such chemicals are ubiquitous and unavoidable. Orange juice and pepper contain similar stuff and so does your own feces. Enjoy life without troubling yourself over minuscule risks. ...Read more
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