11 Medicinal Mushroom Recipes That’ll Boost Your Immunity

“All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once.” – Terry Pratchett

For hundreds of years, mushrooms have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for healing purposes. Used in tinctures, powders and teas made from dried fungi, medicinal mushrooms were believed to support the immune system, protect heart health and promote longevity.

It turns out that these traditional healers were onto something. Not only are mushrooms packed with vitamin B and minerals like copper, selenium and zinc, they’re also an excellent source of antioxidants – substances that protect against cell damage from free radicals. That makes mushrooms great for fighting inflammation in the body and boosting your immunity.

What’s more, studies have found that medicinal mushrooms indeed contain powerful compounds that enhance your health. Although more research is needed, each mushroom seems to have their own unique benefits:

  • Shiitake support a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol in mice.
  • Reishi help your body adjust to physical and psychological stress, making it a natural remedy for anxiety, depression and sleeplessness.
  • Cordyceps are known for their energy-boosting powers. This mushroom fights fatigue and boosts athletic performance by enhancing cellular energy.
  • Chaga mushrooms are packed with antioxidants, helping you reduce disease-promoting inflammation in your body.
  • Maitake contain beta-glucans, which stimulate the immune system. In animal studies, maitake have been shown to reduce tumor growth and increase the number of cells fighting tumors.

Of course the most pleasurable way to get the benefits from these medicinal mushrooms is to add them to your diet. Because of their meaty texture and earthy flavors, mushrooms lend themselves really well for vegetarian dishes.

If you do want to take supplements, powders or tinctures, please check with your doctor for the right dosage, unwanted side effects and possible drug interactions. It’s also best not to eat mushrooms raw – and don’t forage them in the wild without expertise.

Include some medicinal mushroom magic in your meals with these 11 fungi recipes. 

 

11 Immunity-Boosting Recipes with Medicinal Mushrooms

Magic Mushroom Mocha Frap from The First Mess

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: Magic Mushroom Mocha Frap from The First Mess | The Health Sessions

 

The Ultimate Tonic from Nutrition Stripped

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: The Ultimate Mushroom Tonic from Nutrition Stripped | The Health Sessions

 

Roasted Mixed Mushrooms and Walnut Pate from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: Roasted Mixed Mushroom Pate from gourmandeinthekitchen.com | The Health Sessions

 

Vegan Mushroom Soup from The Awesome Green

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: Vegan Mushroom Soup from The Awesome Green | The Health Sessions

 

White Lentil Risotto with Mushrooms from My New Roots

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: White Lentil Risotto with Mushrooms from My New Roots | The Health Sessions

 

Vegan Pulled Mushroom Tacos from Lazy Cat Kitchen 

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: Vegan Pulled Mushroom Tacos from Lazy Cat Kitchen | The Health Sessions

 

The Best Vegan Mushroom Burger from Elephantastic Vegan

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: The Best Vegan Mushroom Burger from Elephantastic Vegan | The Health Sessions

 

Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom Risotto from Minimalist Baker

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom Risotto from Minimalist Baker | The Health Sessions

 

45-Minute Truffled Mushroom Chicken with Polenta and Roasted Broccolini from Half Baked Harvest 

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: 45-Minute Truffled Mushroom Chicken with Polenta and Roasted Broccolini from Half Baked Harvest | The Health Sessions

 

Chocolate Chaga Tahini Cookies from Living Minally 

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: Chocolate Chaga Tahini Cookies from Living Minnaly | The Health Sessions

 

Cinnamon Vanilla Cordyceps Latte from Food By Mars

Medicinal Mushroom Recipes: Cinnamon Vanilla Cordyceps Latte from Food by Mars | The Health Sessions

 

If you want to learn more about medicinal mushrooms and how to use them, check out Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide for Who Body Health by Tero Isokauppila.

Have you ever tried adding medicinal mushrooms to your meals? 

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