6 November 2017
Here at Vita, we are slightly Mushroom Mad! We have a wide range of mushrooms, both powdered and raw, and we want you to love mushrooms as much as we do.
We are pleased to introduce our mushroom family:
The reishi mushroom is traditionally called ‘The God of Fungi’ and we think it has most definitely earnt that title! It is a potent fungus which has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. Reishi mushrooms are especially good at modifying the immune system by increasing it when weakened, or lowering it when it is too active. It also has over 400 different bioactive compounds. These compounds aid anti-inflammatory, sleep-promoting and anti-diabetic properties.
Other benefits of reishi mushrooms include:
- Reduces inflammation and acts as an antioxidant
- Improves anxiety and depression
- Enhances the immune system
- Relieves allergies
- Benefits the heart
- Helps prevent cancer
- Helps you sleep
- Heals the liver and kidneys
- Enhances your brain
- Aid gut health
The nameko mushroom is a small, amber-brown mushroom which is slightly gelatinous. They have an earthy, forest flavour which is enhanced when sauteed. They layer of naturally occurring gelatin on the cap allows the mushroom to lightly thicken soup and sauces. Nameko is popular in Asia where it is a standard ingredient in miso soup. The nameko is also rich in vitamins, calcium, potassium and sodium.
The medicinal properties are extremely important for the resistance of staph infection.
It helps to heal the human body by:
- Strengthening the immune system
- Lowering cholesterol
- Having anti-cancerous properties
- Treating depression
We offer not one, but two types of shiitake mushroom! The Dong Gu shiitake is known as the best grade of shiitake mushroom. It has a smoother texture and is cultivated in the winter – hence why it is called the ‘Dong Gu’ which means winter. The Hua Gu shiitake looks slightly cracked, compared to the more wrinkly Dong Gu. Both varieties of shiitake are extremely good for you.
Shiitake mushrooms have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. They help control blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. That’s right – all of these health benefits come from eating a mushroom.
Shiitakes are also unique for a plant because they contain all eight essential amino acids. They also contain a type of essential fatty acid called linoleic acid.
Linoleic acid helps with weight loss and building muscle. It also has bone-building benefits, improves digestion, and reduces food allergies.
Other benefits include:
- Fighting obesity
- Supporting immune functions
- Destroying cancer cells
- Supporting cardiovascular health
- Containing antimicrobial properties
- Boosting energy and brain function
- Providing vitamin D
- Promoting skin health
The tremella mushroom is also known as silver ear, snow ear or while jelly mushroom. It is extremely popular in China for its skin beautifying properties. Tremella contains anti-tumour agents, it helps in lowering blood glucose, lowering cholesterol, protecting against radiation and boosting the body’s antioxidant levels.
Tremella has traditionally been believed to benefit the skin and ‘enhance beauty’. It has also been developed for use in cosmetics due to its excellent skin moisture retention, skin protection, flexibility and flattening effects. It is also known for it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties.
Traditionally, Chinese women have used the Tremella Mushroom to make the skin moisturised and soft. Tremella mushroom nourishes the lung, stomach and kidney and strengthens the bones. It has also been proved to help maintain ideal weight.
wood ear fungus
Wood ear fungus is not like your standard white or brown mushroom. It is brown/black with a rubbery texture. There are extremely popular in Asian cooking, in dishes like Chicken with Day Lily and Wood Ear Fungus. You can reconstitute dried mushrooms and then add them to soups, stir-fries and salads. Their crunchy texture and dark, velvety colour add an unusual element to any dish.
They are not just super tasty, wood ear fungus is also good for you.
Wood Ear Fungus has lots of B, C, and D Vitamins and protein, as well as lots of great minerals too including selenium, zinc, and copper. Wood Ear also contains more iron than your liver! They are full of fiber and have large amounts of calcium. The mushrooms have also been shown to help prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, and also help with blood clotting.
I’m sure you now see why we love mushrooms and we hope you share our love! You can buy all our mushrooms here!