Mushrooms are culinary delights. Some have hallucinogenic properties, and some are poisonous. Yet, new research supports an ancient notion that many have medicinal properties. Mushrooms are known to be anti-inflammatory due to their beta glucans, naturally occurring polysaccharides that boost the immune system. And in a 2018 NIH article, researchers examine four varieties of mushrooms that are showing promising anti-cancer properties.
According to Healthline the following mushrooms have these properties: Reishi – “nature’s Xanax” aids in weight loss and may “fiercely fight cancer cells.” Lion’s Mane is helpful for nerves and the brain. Shitake lowers LDL in mice and maintains healthy blood pressure. Turkey Tail supports the immune system and is an approved anti-cancer prescription in Japan. Be sure to check any side effects of taking powdered mushrooms but certainly consider cooking more often with them.
A warm welcome to our new Associate, Dr. Giovanni Cervantes
After a long-term search, Dr. Mallen is pleased to announce the perfect addition to the clinic. We are thrilled that our practice has grown so much over the years that we can bring another talented and knowledgeable doctor to help you in your path to wellness.
Dr. Cervantes was born and raised as a Florida native, holds a B.S. from Florida Atlantic in exercise physiology. He graduated magna cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL.
During his time at Palmer, he was a member of the sports council and the clinical nutrition club. He tutored for physical assessment classes, served as a clinical teaching assistant, and completed research in nutritional studies. Dr. Gio also has extensive experience with soft tissue modalities and adjusting techniques to ensure something suitable for all patients. When not at the office, he enjoys golfing, spending time with his family, and exercising above all. ¡También habla español! Dr. Cervantes sees patients on Fridays and on days when Dr. Mallen needs another doctor on staff.
Doctor Cure Thyself
Many years ago, when I was studying at the University of South Florida, I took a graduate course on mycology, the study of fungi. I was fascinated by the incredible variety of species, but I was particularly amazed at the interaction of mushrooms with the natural world. Did you know that the mycelium, the thread-like part of the fungus that forms in or on the soil, contains tiny communication fibers called hyphae? Mycelium can be microscopic or gigantic. And they have been found to have a symbiotic relationship to the forest trees, breaking down organic matter into nutrients.
Mushrooms can appear in one day. You can almost sit and watch them develop. This points to a powerful growth factor, and I’m not surprised that modern science is isolating the elements that make specific mushrooms medicinal.
I’ve always enjoyed eating mushrooms. Now, after reading about their health benefits, I’m adding them in larger amounts and more varieties to my diet. And I take a powdered Turkey Tail supplement from time to time to boost my immune system. Here’s to fungi!
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