Health

What Are Medicinal Mushrooms?

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, January 18, 2018

Aired January 18, 2018

We all know what mushrooms are (they’re loaded with B vitamins and fiber, and also have a little bit of Vitamin D in there, according to celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman) -- but what exactly are medicinal mushrooms?

Intriguing, right?

Well, when Keri visited our show to dish on the superfoods of 2018 (is kale so 2017?!), she gave us the lowdown.

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"They're super high in anti-inflammatory benefits and antioxidants," Keri says, “but these in particular are also known to have a nootropic effect, which is really just a fancy word for compounds that are known to boost brain health."

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Plus, there are options!

There are various different types of medicinal mushrooms (cordycep, reishi and chaga), and they can come in three different forms, according to Keri, including pill form, dried form and powder form.

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And each type has its own benefits!

Keri suggests cordycep to boost your energy, reishi to help you sleep (have a cup of reishi tea before bed, she proposes) and chaga to help boost your immune system (sprinkle some in miso soup to add an earthy taste).

Oh, and word to the wise -- don’t go searching for medicinal mushrooms next to your standard fruits and veggies in the grocery store, Keri notes. You’ve got to venture into the health food section to find these guys!

As always, you should check with your doctor before making any dietary changes.