Recently I took a walk in my favorite piece of woods and found myself in a world of mushrooms. After returning home I started researching what types I had photographed. (no mushroom was harmed in the making of this blog) I learned which were poisonous, hallucinogenic and edible. As a rule; don’t eat unless you are certain and then still be cautious. I came across some of the most lethal mushrooms in North America.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly; Please enjoy the Fungus among us as I did…
A few health benefits of the mushroom: Mushrooms may do a lot more for your health than fuel your body. They have antibacterial properties. They can help lower cholesterol. They’re good for your immune system. They may even help prevent or treat Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.
It’s important for your heart, muscles, and nerves. When you think of foods that have a lot of it, bananas or potatoes might come to mind. But mushrooms are right up there in potassium content. For example: two-thirds of a cup of grilled, sliced portabellas — large mushrooms with smooth brown or tan caps — has as much potassium as a medium banana
You’ve been hearing for years that fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants. Mushrooms are the highest food source of two: ergothioneine and glutathione. Porcini mushrooms are packed with these antioxidants, which may have anti-aging powers. Researchers think that in the future, ergothioneine and glutathione may be studied in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.