Which mushroom did Dr. Oz recommend last week to support energy production?
A) Portobello - 38%
B) Crimini - 10%
C) Cordyceps - 28%
D) Maitake - 22%
Mushrooms were on the plate on last week's The Dr. Oz Show airing 2/23/12: Weird Reasons for Exhaustion. Dr. Oz shared that cordyceps mushrooms can naturally increase energy and physical performance.
Mushrooms in general are packed with nutrition and supportive of the immune system. Each mushroom tends to have a speciality in cooking and in supporting overall health.
Portobello & Crimini
A portobello mushroom is a crimini that has grown up. Portebellos and criminis contain selenium, supportive of the immune system, as well as high amounts of copper, phospherous, and potassium, according to LiveStrong.com. Both the stems and caps are edible however, the caps is where all the nutrition resides.
You could be doing all the right things, as far as nutrition and exercise, and still feel tired. Dr. Oz says that's when cordyceps can help with energy production. Dr. Oz recommends taking 3g of cordyceps mushroom extract daily until you begin to feel your energy come back.
Cordyceps are not edible mushrooms but are in the category of medicinal mushrooms - used in supplements and therapies instead of on the dinner plate. Learning about how cordyceps grow will keep you from every trying to eat them.
Cordyceps is a parasitic fungus that grows from the head of a caterpillar. That's right, the fungus takes root on the head of a caterpillar then consumes the little multi-legged critter for food. Creepy!
Maitake mushrooms are an eatable mushroom and they don't sacrifice any caterpillars in order to grow either. Maitake's contain high amounts of folate and phospherous and are also high in Vitamin D.
I found a delicious looking recipe using the Maitake mushroom from TheWellSeasonedCook.com blog: Maitake Mushrooms Roasted in Butter and Honey Kale. Place the maitake dish on a be of kale and quinoa and you've got a power-packed dish that will fill you up and provide lasting energy.
Adding mushrooms to your daily routine is a great way to provide the body with valuable vitamins and minerals. Most common mushrooms found at grocery store, white button and crimini, can be incorporated into soups, stews, a dressing for rice and quinoa as a side dish, stir-fried with any combination of your favorite vegetables.
Recently, I've been adding a chopped mushroom to my fried egg in the morning and even took it a few steps further. My fried egg has turned into an asparagus, mushroom, and garlic fried egg and it doesn't take but two minutes more to prepare. I chop a few stalks of asparagus, one mushroom, and a clove of garlic. These are sauteed briefly in a little bit of olive oil. To that I'll add my two eggs to fry and top with my favorite spices: oregano, turmeric, Spike season blend, and chili flakes. Delicious!
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