Wild About Mushrooms

 
Last night I used mushrooms for two different purposes that I loved, so I thought I would share them here along with a few brief tidbits on the wide array of benefits mushrooms may provide in your life.
 
1. My face: Origins: Plantidote Mega Mushroom lotion/serum
  
The ladies will understand this one: I am on the never ending quest for the perfect facial lotion/serum for my skin. My skin has changed some over the years, mostly due to hormones I believe. Currently I have the next to impossible to treat without breaking the bank with multiple products- combination skin. Normal to dry cheeks, somewhat oily T- zone. And quite a bit of redness in my skintone, not rosacea, though this product claims to treat both.
Everything I try either strips my skin of the good oils and dries it out or leaves a residue and breaks it out. On top of which nothing I have tried has actually treated anything for which I have purchased the product: fine lines, uneven skintone, not even blemishes. I am only on the second week of this product but so far I have had great results.
  
I noticed my skin was smoother the second day I used this. It healed my skin irritations,  is very soft and smooth, and I currently have no blemishes. I haven’t been using it long enough to know if it will even out my skin tone or make my fine lines disappear. I’m not sure that I am convinced any serum can actually do that. But so far, I am in love.
 
2. A fabulous recipe:   Shrimp & shiitake stir fry with crispy noodles
It’s healthy too!
 
Ingredients:
 
1-1/2 tsp cornmeal
1/ cup chicken broth
2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
small head bok choy
1 lb uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbsp canola oil, divided
2 tbsp minced fresh gingerroot ( i skipped this, didn’t have any)
1 clove garlic ( I used 6, we love garlic)
 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 cups fresh shiitake mushrooms
1/4 cup chow mein noodles
hot brown rice, optional
 
In a small bowl, combine the cornmeal, broth and soy sauce until smooth; set aside. Cut off and discard root end of bok choy, leaving stalks and leaves. Cut leaves from stalks. Slice leaves, set aside. Slice stalks.
 
In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry shrimp in 1 tbsp of oil until shrimp turn pink. Remove and keep warm.
 
Stir fry the ginger, garlic and pepper flakes in remaining oil for 1 minute. Add the onion, mushrooms and bok choy stalks; stir fry for 4 minutes. Add bok choy leaves; stir fry for 2-4 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
 
Stir cornmeal mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or untl thickened. Add the shrimp; heat through. Serve with rice if desired. Sprinkle with chow mein noodles.
 
<nutritional facts: 1 cup stir fry with chow mein noodles equals 288 calories; 10 g fat (1 g saturated) 15 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 24 g protein>
 
AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS:
 
Shiitakes have four to ten times the flavor of common white button mushrooms. In addition to their robust/pungent, woodsy flavor and meaty texture, shiitakes provide high levels of protein (18%), potassium, niacin and B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties and are used nutritionally to fight viruses, lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. Lentinan, an immunostimulant derived from shiitakes, has been used to treat cancer, AIDS, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease, and other conditions with impressive results. Researchers S. Suzuki and Oshima found that a raw shiitake eaten daily for one week lowered serum cholesterol by 12%.
  
 
Shiitake skin creams for firmer, brighter Skin
Many cosmetic companies are making skin creams using shiitake mushrooms because shiitakes contain kojic acid. Kojic acid prevents the formation of melanin, or pigment, in skin, resulting in a brighter, more even complexion. In addition, kojic acid has an astringent quality that temporarily tightens the skin and makes it taut. Manufacturers of shiitake skin creams include Kinerase, Skin Ceuticals, DDF, BeComing, SCO, origins, Chanel, and so any more. If you are concerned about the cancer causing hype of hydroquinone, kojic acid is a natural and safe alternative.

 

Polysaccharides stimulate the immune system
The basis of the mushroom’s impressive health properties are complex carbohydrates called polysaccharides that build the immune system. According to mushroom researcher and cultivator Jeff Chilton:”These compounds have been the primary focus of research due to their ability to inhibit tumors in laboratory test animals. Mushroom polysaccharides act by enhancing host defenses rather than directly killing tumor cells. For this reason they are called host defense potentiators (HDP).“The specific effect of these polysaccharides is the activation of macrophages and T-lymphocytes, stimulation of interferon (a cellular protein produced in response to infection which acts to inhibit viral growth), and the overall enhancement of cell-mediated immune response. They have no toxic effects on humans, and are clinically safe.     

5 ways to incorporate mushrooms into your daily diet:
 
add to your soups, salads, or sandwiches
add to scrambled eggs or omlettes
add to a veggie burger, or on your hamburger for that matter
add to your pizza
add in a stir fry
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