Queen of Green: Reishi the Magic Mushroom

(Photo by Natures Paparazzi) Lauren Von Der Pool’s hunger for healthy living began in Washington, D.C. where she grew up in a food desert—an environment totally lacking fresh, healthy options. When Von Der Pool realized that what was going on in her life and community was happening globally, she began to educate herself, her community, and the world about healthy living. A passionate humanitarian and artist, Von Der Pool dedicates her life to raising awareness about living a conscious, creative, green life.

This is the second in a series of guest posts by Queen of Green Lauren Von Der Pool about healthy and natural lifestyle tips.

No, these won’t make you hallucinate but Reishi mushrooms do have some pretty magical health benefits. The Reishi mushroom is a fungus that has been used for ages in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries for its health promoting effects. It has been studied for its anticancer and tumor-fighting potential. One component, Beta Glucan is known for its ability to enhance the immune system and it has been found to be one of the strongest immune system supplements there is.

Even if you don’t need it to fight disease, Reishi mushrooms are known for their anti-aging benefits and will provide you with sustained energy, strength and stamina! You may find them dried whole, powered, or sold as an extract. All forms can be used to create teas, elixirs, smoothies and soups to promote vitality and longevity.

Click here for my recipe for Miso Reishi Mushroom Stock, and find more amazing and easy recipes in my book Eat Yourself Sexy. Follow me on Twitter @QueenOfGreenLV and Instagram @QueenOfGreen