No, I'm not talking about magic mushrooms! However, both culinary and medicinal mushrooms pack some real magic of their own, minus the psychedelics. This is particularly true for someone with the MTHFR gene mutation.
Edible mushrooms boast a wide array of health benefits. Just a few include:
-Boosted production of Vitamin D
-Enhanced immune function
-Loaded with B and C vitamins
-Rich in selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and fiber
-Contains cancer-fighting compounds
-Superb source of antioxidants that fight free radicals
The benefit that is specifically magical for a MTHFR lies in the antioxidant profile. Mushrooms are found to be exceptionally rich in two particular antioxidants - glutathione and ergothioneine, both of which are master antioxidants in the human body. People with the MTHFR mutation are notoriously deficient in glutathione. Therefore, mushrooms deliver just what a MTHFR needs the most.
Research shows that even the everyday white button mushroom packs a strong punch of glutathione, stronger than most other foods. However, the mushroom that offers the most potent dose of glutathione is none other than the culinary mushroom delicacy, porcini. Other wonderful medicinal mushrooms to try include lion's mane, chaga, reishi, turkey tail, shiitake and cordyceps.
Since learning this, I have been adding some medicinal mushroom powder to my daily green smoothie. I also purchased some porcini mushroom powder to cook with. I must say that I've noticed a real difference in a relatively short amount of time. My energy levels have been notably higher. My skin has also been looking just...healthier. I haven't changed my skincare routine at all, but it's been noticeably dewier and brighter. I've even gotten comments that I look healthier lately. While a seemingly superficial change, my logic is that something good must be going on internally to show up on my skin in such a noticeable way!
**It's important to note that scavenging for your own mushrooms can be very dangerous and is not advisable unless you are an expert. Many species of mushrooms are highly poisonous and can be difficult to differentiate from their edible relatives.