Mushrooms for Health: Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi

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The United States spends more on health care and medical research than any other country, yet we are just beginning to recognize the potential of mushrooms as aids to healthy living.

In traditional cultures the world over, mushrooms are a much-loved source of food and an ingredient in health-maintaining tonics. Today, scientists are confirming that compounds found in medicinal fungi support immune system function, have antimicrobial properties, and provide antioxidant and ...

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Overview

The United States spends more on health care and medical research than any other country, yet we are just beginning to recognize the potential of mushrooms as aids to healthy living.

In traditional cultures the world over, mushrooms are a much-loved source of food and an ingredient in health-maintaining tonics. Today, scientists are confirming that compounds found in medicinal fungi support immune system function, have antimicrobial properties, and provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also reassuring to know that none of the medicinal closely resembles any toxic species.

Written for anyone interested in the potential health benefits of medicinal fungi, Mushrooms for Health will help you locate, identify, and use ten of the most available and well-researched species found in the Northeastern United States.

"As an avid amateur mycologist and mushroom educator bringing the world of mushrooms to hundreds of people each year, I see many individuals seeking to reintegrate mushrooms into their lives," says Greg Marley, who has studied mushrooms for more than three decades. He also publishes an Internet newsletter called Coastal Maine Mushrooming, serves as a volunteer consultant to the Northern New England Poison Control Center, and is the proprietor of Mushrooms for Health, a business that cultivates edible and medicinal mushrooms. He lives in Rockland, Maine.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780892728084
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 442,950
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

How to Use This Book 7

What Is a Mushroom? 13

Mushrooms and Our Health 19

Our Immune System and How It Works 23

The Medicinal Components of Mushrooms 30

Mushrooms as Functional Food 40

Medicinal Mushroom Species 44

Table: Northeastern Medicinal Mushrooms and Their Uses 45

Reishi Ganoderma tsugae G. lucidum 46

Maitake Grifola frondosa 55

Turkey Tail Trametes versicolor 64

Oyster Mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus P. populinus 88

Chaga Inonotus obliquus 94

Lion's Mane and Comb Tooth Hericium erinaceus H. americanum H. coralloides 102

Birch Polypore Piptoporus betulinus 108

Artist's Conk Ganoderma applanatum 112

Red-belted Polypore Fomitopsis Pinicola 116

Tinder Conk Fomes fomentarius 120

Appendixes

Making a Double Extraction Mushroom Tincture 125

Glossary 130

References 133

Index 138

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