Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Come on, King Winter!
My buy: Shiitake mushrooms, ginger and seaweed.
Coming close to winter I suddenly wish to be very healthy! Is this because I think I can fight winter? Maybe people also felt that in the old days, when summer ended, and when autumn was a preparation for the winter season. Foods had to be stored, corn, fish, meat, vegetables - they knew how to handle this. I know nothing about salting fish, drying meat, conserving vegetables - I just buy my way through winter.
But I'll have to do something. So I have been looking for healthy things! Someone told me about some new scientific research. Mushrooms have just been an addition to my meals before, but they are much more healthy than considered, especially the shiitake mushrooms. It was common to use shiitake mushrooms for medicine in China for thousands of years, but China was always clever about such things.
New scientific research shows that Shiitake mushrooms strengthen the immune system - they even say dramatically. Well, who could not be in the need of strengthening the immune system, i.e. lots of people have got allergy, and a cure is difficult to find. A compound in these mushrooms, lentinan, has the power to improve the immune system and help protect it from disease - and in some cases it is effective of fighting off sickness. This lentinan is also said to destroy cancer cells in the body.
Another compound, eritadenine, can improve the health of the heart. The shiitake mushrooms can lower the cholesterol like garlic and many other things can do. There is an extremely high content of antioxidants, which of course gives benefits too. What is most fantastic is that the scientists have discovered that the shiitake mushrooms can improve the situation considerably for people suffering from aids. This sounds incredible, but I think this must be the most important discovery.
But since I wish to improve my immune system, because I've got some allergy - and because it is always good to prevent other nasty things, then I bought some shiitake mushrooms yesterday and fried them for my meal. I had fish, but this suited okay. They do not taste "too much". A very neutral taste. I'm a single girl, so I divided the portion in two, and I'll try to use them in an omelet today!
If they are as healthy as they say and improve the health in general, then I'll add them to my food this winter - together with other healthy things, for I'm a bit of a hypochondriac! Maybe more than a bit........
I'll look out for ginger and seaweed next!