Botanical Nutrition

by Rob Seeman official blogger of the health food movement


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Mushrooms Can Give Bees A Chance

For a number of years, Paul Stamets – the world’s preeminent mycologist (and prototype for Star Trek’s new Lieutenant Stamets Space Mycologist) has been working on solving the problem of colony collapse.  This is a major problem, as our whole ecosphere depends on bees.

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A couple of years ago NPR addressed his work in an article titled Could A Mushroom Save the Honeybee? The answer, thankfully, is – yes.

Paul has been working on saving the human race with mushrooms for many years.  His synthesis of the research on mushrooms and the support of the human immune system has led to military research, public initiatives and the formation of Fungi Perfecti – a company best known for their Host Defense organic mushroom nutritional supplement line.

The takeaway for many natural enthusiasts is this – the answer has always been here. Look to the natural world for the solution, and we will quite often find – it has been right under our proverbial noses.

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Medical experts : Don’t eat raw mushrooms!

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Well-respected medical expert Andrew Weil, MD tells his readers you should NEVER eat raw mushrooms.  Not only are the fruiting body (what most people know as a ‘mushroom’) walls made up of a tough to digest fiber called chitin, they also contains small amounts of toxins that are destroyed when mushrooms are cooked.

“Because of these concerns and because they offer little in the way of improving health, common button mushrooms are best avoided. But the types eaten in Asia—shiitake, maitake, oyster mushrooms, and enoki—provide a range of health benefits,” says Weill.

Weill also mentions in the above article that he takes a couple of blends from Paul Stamets’ Host Defense product line, which also include the above mentioned species of mycelia as well as others.  Many of these mushrooms are of immense physical benefits to humans, often when consumed in the mycelial form.

Just this week, the world’s foremost mycologist Paul Stamets also released a statement on easting raw mushroom fruiting bodies and, frankly, why you shouldn’t. Not surprisingly his sentiments echo many of Weill’s statements.

In answer to the question “Should you eat raw mushrooms?” Paul had this to say :

“No, absolutely not! Raw mushrooms are largely indigestible because of their tough cell walls, mainly composed
of chitin.”

Dr Stamets continues, “Raw mushrooms and raw mycelium may pose potential health hazards from harmful pathogens and heat sensitive toxins—causing gastrointestinal irritation and allergic reactions, such as skin rashes.”

Dr Stamets own medicinal product lines, Fungi Perfecti and Host Defense, are made with mushroom mycelia (and fruiting bodies) which are heat treated “to activate and unlock the nutritional compounds and ensure their bioavailability.”