by Taetske | 3:50 pm
(Last Updated On: July 27, 2018)

How Mushrooms can save our Planet

 

Basket with Chantarelle

Basket with Chantarelle

Childhood memories

I have very fond childhood memories while still living in Holland. On the weekends my parent would often take me to visit the Hoge Veluwe park. Aside from being able to visit the famous Kruller Muller museum with the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, you will find beautiful nature, wild boars, and deer.  When the season was right, after some rain in the autumn, my mother would say it would be nice to go there and see if we might find mushrooms. She would make great omelets with Cantarella and from the velvet looking Boletus she would make up a dish where you would taste pieces of meat. I was taught that one should never pick the small ones, give them time to grow. Neither should one take all the mushrooms to not destroy that place. Always leave some so they can expand again. I am talking about the years from 1956 to 1965 because I left Holland that year to go and study but I still remember the smell of those woods after a light rain.

 

Boletus

Boletus

Mushrooms and its many healing properties

Mushrooms have a lot of health benefits for us humans. There you see how Mother Nature provides for us. Mushrooms have been used by most ancient civilizations for thousands of years as their healing properties are amazing. Research has identified more than 299 conditions where eating mushrooms would have a positive effect. They boost your health and help prevent many diseases. They are full of important nutrients, B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper and the important vitamin D. People who replaced most of the meat in their diet by mushrooms were reported having lost weight over a longer period as well had less diabetes.

It has been proven that mushrooms are a top fighter against cancer. Antitumor compounds are found in different mushroom species. Taking them in your diet on a regular basis help fight the risk of getting breast cancer, uterine cervical cancer, gastric cancer and quite a lot more of cancer types. In a study by the University of Western Australia in Perth 2000 women who consumed at least a third of an ounce of fresh mushroom dropped their risk of getting breast cancer by 64%

 

 

Healthy Mushrooms

Healthy Mushrooms

 

The above might not be new to my reader but the following news which I recently heard could well surprise you. Mycologist Mr. Paul Stamets explains in his very popular TED talk that mushrooms might well have the ability to solve some of the most pressing and serious problems we have today. Mushrooms are not only good for your health but they have a much bigger capacity still:

Some unknown and amazing facts on mushrooms

  • They can clean up oil spills. How often it has happened these past years that somewhere in the world a ship would wreck leaving beaches with black blobs and killed birds, fish and other animals living there.
  • Absorb farm pollution. We now know that cows pollute, especially kept in stables in bad and unnatural conditions. What about the products used by the farmer on his land? There is a lot of pollution to clean.
  • Smallpox and Flu viruses are battled by the mushroom. That is a better method than letting big Pharma take care of those problems.
  • Combat insects. Here again, to have a natural method to find a balance between all living things is better than taking your killer spray every day.
  • The creation of healthy environments, for farms and forests how good would that be. Be in harmony with nature I think there is a place for everything in our world.
  • Mushrooms could present a sustainable fuel source in the near future. A clean source which does not pollute and does not pose a health risk for all living things. Mushrooms form part of natures recycling system and in case they would not exist there would be no plants as mushrooms and mycelium break down rocks and organic matter, turning it into the soil which plants need to grow.

Please have a look at this video, it is so interesting and eye-opening.
Thank you, Mr. Paul Stamets, for this uplifting news.

 

Lindsay Oberst of the Food Revolution Network provided this exciting news.

Photo Source: Pixabay

Comments

Paul

Absolutely wonderful and thank you very much

Sep 12.2017 | 04:31 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Paul,

    Thank you for visiting my website.
    I find it absolutely fascinating that the mushroom can have such a big impact on our world. I hope you also enjoyed this TED talk, I find them so inspiring and also hope giving.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 12.2017 | 04:39 pm

Brendon

I have always been a mushroom eater, but I never knew they were all that nutritious.
After reading your article How Mushrooms can save our Planet. I have a new found appreciation for mushrooms beyond my dinner plate!
Quite amazing I must say, thanks for a great read1
Cheers,
Brendon

Sep 17.2017 | 09:03 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Brendon,

    Thank you for commenting on my post. I also see Mushrooms in a different light knowing they can save our Planet. I am happy my parents taught me when I was a little girl to be careful when you pick them, never take them all and always leave the little ones. I am always happy when I come on something positive as our planet needs help. My new post will be on something very positive which I have just now read about. Hope to see you again.
    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 18.2017 | 06:16 am

freddy

Hi Taetske

Great article about mushrooms, I always new they were good for you, but to be honest I didn’t realise just how many benefits they had. They seem pretty potent for fighting cancer as well. Anything that is good for cancer and diabetes, you cant go wrong with.
I was surprised to see that they have greater benefits as well Do you eat yours raw?
Thanks,
Freddy

Sep 17.2017 | 09:07 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Freddy,

    Thank you for visiting my website. To answer your question, yes, I do eat raw Mushrooms in my salads, I personally like it. In the Lidl super market nearby they sell a mixture frozen which is good as you would never get all these varieties together in nature. I am also interested in health and write on my other website about that. In our modern times it is quite difficult to remain healthy as toxins, pesticides, hormones, plastic, you name it, are everywhere and also in the food we eat. Hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 18.2017 | 06:25 am

Alejandra

Hello Taetske,
Thanks so much for sharing this great article about mushrooms, quite interesting to learn about how good they are for human health.
In Mexico people use to have mushrooms as a part of our daily diet, you can find there all kind of different edible mushrooms,
Have a nice weekend.
Alejandra

Nov 10.2017 | 10:37 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Alejandra,

    Thank you for reading my post on Mushrooms. Don’t you think it is amazing all the things Mother Nature provides for us? I wish that modern man would be more in touch with nature and instead of destroying her learn and benefit. Where I live in the south of Spain there are not many mushrooms, there is too little rain. This year has been very dry for the whole country anyhow. Still, in the supermarket you can find a mix of mushrooms which are frozen, that will have to do instead of the fresh ones. Thank you for your visit.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 11.2017 | 07:25 am

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