Dr Holly’s Gardening:  Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Last Update: April 14, 2021 at 12:38 pm




DATE:  APRIL 14, 2021


Dr Holly’s Gardening:  Grow Your Own Mushrooms


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Growing mushrooms

Mushrooms are great ons steaks and in a variety of foods like omelets, sauces, salads, etc. but are you
aware of how good various mushrooms are for you?

In general, mushrooms have a good supply of B vitamins, potassium (heart and muscles), choline (brain
and muscle), copper (energy and collagen), fiber (blood glucose uptake) selenium (depression/anxiety,
fatigue, immune), antioxidants and anti inflammatories.

Many mushrooms contain high levels of a polysaccharide called beta glucans (so do a variety of barley,
yeast, bacteria, and fungi). Beta glycans provide tremendous immune support and various ones are
specific to helping eliminate cancers, ie., Coriolis versicolor aka turkey tail mushrooms, or cordyceps.
Others are known for their capacity to affect the genes in white blood cells; increase natural killer cells
and alter inflammation pathways like Red reishi (12 different types).

There has been a load of research on the benefits of various mushrooms. The seven most researched
mushrooms for medicinal benefits include:

 Red reishi – immune support, improve sleep, reduce stress/fatigue
 Turkey tail – increases immune function (cytokine production and natural killer cells)
 Lion’s mane – antitumor, immune modulating, antioxidants, neuro-protective
 Shiitake – immune system, liver, and cardio function
 Maitake – immune system (lymphocytes, natural killer cells and t-helper cells)
 Chaga – rich in antioxidants, supports immune system, liver, brain and increases longevity
 Cordyceps – energy boosting (increases ATP production), increases appetite and endurance. The
North American grown cordyceps has a hi amount of grain/low beta glycans – grown from
myceliated grain; the species you want is Cordyceps militaris.
Ultimately various mushrooms are beneficial to:
 The immune system
 For antioxidants
 Anti-inflammatories
 Regulate blood sugars
 Support brain health (concentration, memory, cognition)
 Support the nervous system
 Increase energy and stamina
Here are a few articles on the benefits of medicinal benefits of mushrooms, but remember, there
are a huge number you can read.
 7 Medicinal benefits for health
 https://www.realmushrooms.com/7-medicinal-mushroom-benefits-for-health/
 Health Benefits of Mushrooms

 9 Proven Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms

 https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/reishi-mushrooms.html
 Polysaccharide K and Coriolus versicolor extracts for lung cancer: a systematic review

Most people do buy their mushrooms from the grocery store. If you go into the Chinese grocery store
you are more likely to see a broader range of mushrooms. As opposed to the just the white button
mushrooms, you may see black and king oyster mushroom, enoki mushrooms, beech mushrooms,
shiitake mushrooms, etc.

You can, however, grow some species of mushrooms in pails – the following are a couple of YouTube
that show how incredibly simple it is. Various mushrooms can be grown in these alpine chips (typically
made from birch and other deciduous trees, using what is called a sawdust spawn.

It is suggested that only one species is grown per bucket…so I have several buckets. The YouTube claim
oyster mushrooms are typically the easiest to grow and can include, elm oyster, blue oyster, pearl
oyster, yellow oyster and king oyster.

Other types that you may want to try include turkey tail and lion’s mane. Having said that I am going to
attempt to work with shiitake and maitake as well.

These other species are typically grown in different types of trees using plug spawn. If you go to sites like
www.growmushroomscanada.ca or www.curativemushrooms.com or

https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/growing-mushrooms-at-home or various
other sites you can read and or watch how simple it is to grow mushrooms. I purchase the mushroom
spawn from www.growmushroomscanada.ca but I am sure if you can find sites in your own country that
you can order from.

Some sites will also show you how to create your own spawn. I have attempted that but haven’t
mastered it yet, so I purchase the mushroom spawn..