Dr. Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
In Asia, mushrooms are favored for their earthy flavor
and their therapeutic properties. Ancient Chinese lore is filled with
legends of mortals that stumbled upon a 1,000-year-old mushroom and
Not too long ago, I was in Kunming, China, and in an underground
stalactite cave, I discovered a reishi mushroom that measured four feet
in diameter and was carbon dated to be 800 years old!
There are over 100,000 varieties of mushrooms in existence, about 700 of
which are edible. Some of the excellent anti-aging mushroom varieties
include: maitake, reishi, shiitake, and tree ear. Mushrooms have been
discovered to contain a wealth of nutrients.
Depending on the type of mushroom, they may contain amino acids,
antioxidants, coumarin, polysaccharides, sterols, as well as many other
vitamins and minerals that boost your immunity, lower bad cholesterol,
balance blood sugar, and protect your body from cancer and virus.
The next time you are in the mood to search for an elixir, you don't
have to dig for mushrooms in the mountains; you can readily find them in
your local health food stores. Try oyster mushrooms, chanterelle,
Portobello, or even truffles, and the star of the recipe below: porcini
Dr. Mao's Immune Boost Borscht with Porcini Mushrooms
Here is a recipe from one of my patient's mother, a woman who recently
passed away at age 100. She came from Poland and traditionally
celebrated Christmas dinner with a clear broth borscht soup. I have
modified the recipe slightly by including the whole mushroom instead of
just the broth because porcini mushrooms are such a wonderful healing
food, both tasty and good for your immune system.
Also, beets, the colorful vegetable that Russian centenarians have in
common, contain powerful antioxidants and nutrients that help protect
against heart disease, birth defects and cancer, especially colon
cancer. And don't forget about the greens that are attached to the root!
Beet greens are delicious and also rich in vitamins and minerals.
2 medium-sized bunches of beets with leaves
2 medium onions
3 medium carrots
3 stalks celery
2 to 3 garlic cloves
8 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 tbsp powdered chicken bouillon
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Peel beets and push through a juicer along with the leaves, onions,
carrots, celery and garlic; reserve. Remove pulp from juicer, transfer
to a skillet and fill with enough water to cover; simmer 20 minutes.
Strain liquid into a bowl and discard pulp. Combine with reserved juice.
2. Place mushrooms in a skillet and fill with enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until tender, about 30
minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to a cutting board,
let cool and finely chop; return to skillet. Add liquid beet mixture,
tomato sauce and bouillon to skillet; bring to a boil, then simmer 15
minutes, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into
bowls and serve.
I hope you make room for mushrooms and enjoy the longevity benefits! I
invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and
longevity tips with me.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!