Well…..did you go out and buy anything from my list on SuperNutrition, Healing Foods & SuperWolfe: Part I? Just so you know how serious I am about this all, I went out and got a couple more….
It’s true that these foods can be very spendy. It’s not that you have to run to your local Whole Foods or Trader Joes this second and invest. I didn’t. I have made these purchases overtime, and I will continue to make these purchases each time I step foot in those stores. Then again, like I’ve said before, I would rather spend all my extra money on healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle in general than a pair of shoes, a new purse or a little black dress.
During the MEGA IIN Conference, David Wolfe stated, “We need to start taking medicinal mushrooms more seriously.” With that, he named multiple mushrooms. I’ve always taken a liking to the fungus, but never thought too much of them from a medicinal standpoint. Researching them has been fun and very educational.
Today’s SuperNutrition and healing foods are mostly mushrooms with a hint of root, herb and a couple classics.
The Chaga mushroom is a fungi that grows on the wounds of birches. It is a wilderness medicinal mushroom that is known for its huge load of immune stimulating phytochemicals. Some experts claim that the
Chaga is the best anti-cancer mushroom of all.
The medicinal benefits have been known throughout the Asian world for years. As Western medicine has begun to accept some holistic theories, many alternative practitioners have started working with the Chaga mushroom as well. Chaga is referred to as many things such as: “Gift from God,” “Mushroom of Immortality,” “The Diamond of the Forest” and “King of Plants.” Chaga “contains numerous B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals, and enzymes. It is also one of the world’s densest sources of pantothenic acid, and this vitamin is needed by the adrenal glands as well as digestive organs. It also contains riboflavin and niacin in significant amounts.”
The Chaga Mushroom has been used in the treatment of everything from stomach problems to cancer and hypertension to diabetes. It’s also been referred to as the longevity mushroom.
Red Reishi, “commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits.” It is non-toxic, can restore the body to its natural state and regulates the immune system. Its elements have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects. “Red Reishi is also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma.” Many use it for lymphoma and prostate cancer/prostate heath in general as well.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Red Reishi is an herb they use to help the body maintain proper balance so that one does not get sick or balance once one has already become ill.
Astragalus Root is known as a “superior tonic” and used for healthy digestion and metabolism. It holds many of the same benefits as the Red Reishi Mushroom, and many times the two are mentioned side-by-side. Astragalus contains flavonoids, polysaccharides, triterpene glycosides, amino acids, and trace minerals.
Dr. Weil (whom I absolutely adore by the way), puts Astragalus in the “immune system boosting supplement” category. He notes that it, along with maitake, shiitake and reishi stimulates “the immune system and may limit or stop the growth of cancer cells.”
Note: Speaking of maitake and shiitake, along with the spirulina and raw cacao I got yesterday, I also got a bag of an Organic Mushroom Medley. I haven’t decided what I’m going to make with these yet, but I’m thinking of dabbling into them this upcoming weekend. What would you do with them?!
Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Chinese and Japanese doctors have been using the Lion’s Mane Mushrooms for a long time already in treating patients with problems of the digestive tract including stomach and duodenal ulcers, as well as for cancers of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Lion’s Mane may stimulate the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor ((NGF = a small secreted protein that is important for the growth, maintenance, and survival of certain target neurons (nerve cells).) It is because of that fact why the Lion’s Mane Mushrooms have been used in treating Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological diseases. Legend has it that,
Those who consumed lion’s mane mushroom would have “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.”
David mentioned that the Lion’s Mane Mushrooms are powerful for Parkinson’s disease, as they help create anti-stress in the body. He mentioned the mushroom as a powerful radiation remover, helpful for cancer in general and that it makes a wonderful tea.
He Shou Wu
He Shou Wu is David’s favorite Chinese herb. He Shou Wu (pronounced huh – similar to English “huh”, but not as open – show woo) “is one of the most popular and highly revered tonic herbs in Asian herbalism. He Shou Wu is the prepared tuberous root of Polygonum multiflorum, a plant that grows in the mountains of central and southern China.”
The herb is rich in iron, antioxidants and in antioxidant-potentiating molecules. It has been known to enhance sexual drive, increase sperm count and to strengthen sperm and ova. It is also used for the following: calming the nervous system, as an anti-inflammatory, ionizing radiation damage, improving adrenal gland functioning, strengthening and stabilizing lower back and knees and cleaning out the kidney and liver to clean out blood.
Ashwagandha is one of the most vital herbs in Ayruvedic medicine. It is from the same family as the tomato. Medical researchers have been studying ashwagandha with great interest and as of this date have carried out 216 studies of its healing benefits, including: “combating effects of stress, learning, memory, and reaction time, reducing anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness, stabilizing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, anti-malarial properties and anti-inflammatory benefits.” Some use it for depression and OCD and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, tardive dyskinesia, cerebral ishemia, and even in the management of drug addiction.
Ashwagandha’s nutrients include: “amino acids, calcium, choline and flavonoids.”
Mucuna Pruriens is the “official” name. But let’s just be unofficial and real today and call it, Mucuna. Now let’s have a little play on words…
Mucuna – Hakuna – Hakuna Matata
Hakuna matata = no worries for the rest of your life
Yes, that’s how David Wolfe explained it to us.
After researching it, I now understand why. Mucuna is a legume, and it has the highest known source of L-Dopa which is an amino acid that converts into dopamine. Dopamine is like serotonin, and it helps our bodies handle stress. And we all know the importance of serotonin: helps keep us happy; the opposite of depression. Macuna can help us detox from long-term use of stimulants. Macuna has also been used in Parkinson’s disease, in increasing sperm count, helping with adrenal rejuvenation and dramatically strengthens the immune system.
As a side note: Davide mentions in the video above that it has a chocolate taste sort of, and will actually pair very nicely with chocolate. Grab that cacao and make a smoothie!
Shatavari is an herb which comes from asparagus root. In India, Shatavari means, “she who possesses 100 husbands,” referring to the herbs rejuvenation effect upon the female reproductive organs. In Australia, it is used more often to treat gastrointestinal disorders and as an external wash for wounds.
Once I read the following, I knew that Shatavari is an herb I need to learn much more about:
Tulsi (Holy basil)
David’s lecture came at the perfect time in my life. Ryan and I have been working on a spice, herb, sauce, flavor, etc. project. Why? Because most packaged gluten-free flavorings in the grocery store are junk! Prior to hearing his lecture, I had already been studying much of this. One day I was learning about and studying basil. I always thought….
a basil is a basil is a basil
I was wrong. Basil comes in several types including: Thai basil, Genovese basil, Lemon basil, Cinnamon basil, Ornamental basil, Siam queen basil, Dark opal basil, Purple ruffles basil, African blue basil and Holy basil. Wow, right?
Tulsi (Holy basil) was described in ancient scriptures as the protector of life. Tulsi has been known to relieve stress and is yet another adaptogen, which if you remember from the Maca yesterday is a substance which raises the non-specific resistance in an organism. (Note: many of the foods I have been talking about yesterday and today are adaptogens. Adaptogens are so important that I may do an entire post on them.) Other health benefits of Tulsi include: immunity boost, enhance stamina, provide support during cold season, promote healthy metabolism and acts as a natural immuno-modulator.
Nearly everyone has heard of Chamomile. When I first heard David say it, I immediately thought of “Chamomile Tea” to ease the stomach and help put us to sleep at night. I am so glad I dug a little deeper into Chamomile, as the implications on the digestive system are super positive.
Chamomile is a plant in the daisy family, and comes in capsule, liquid or tea form. Chamomile is used for many things, but I especially noted: indigestion, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, IBS, peptic ulcer and Colitis. Bingo! Time for me to research more on this flower. As I’m continuously on a mission to inspire and help heal others with digestive issues, I need to know even more about Chamomile.
Last, but not least, a couple classics: wine and olive oil.
Both are known to keep good hormones in place longer and act as natural aroma taste inhibitors. They also are proven for longevity. I felt that these two deserved much less research to provide to you today as they are very common, and have been featured in articles upon articles already. I am a fan of both, and was very excited that David mentioned them!
I hope you all have enjoyed the SuperNutrition, Healing Foods & SuperWolfe posts. I am even more inspired than ever before…..and I continue to be amazed that with all the healing and great health that is possible!
Question: What are some other superfoods, healing foods, herbs, spices, etc. that you would love to know more about?