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Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms

This is interesting for me as I have just started taking Reishi mushroom powder in tea form. Reason –   I have been having trouble with a mild form of Vertigo which I find very debilitating and frustrating as I have it for weeks at a time.  I have been taking it now  for a week now first thing in the morning on an empty stomach before I head off to the gym. Result – so far the vertigo has disappeared after two days. I have to say I have stopped all other vitamins at this time so that I can evaluate the powder. I know that it is said to be a physical problem, with crystals in our inner ear but I believe it could also be a deficiency of sorts as well that can cause the swimming of ones vision and head. 

Will take this powder for two weeks and see how it goes.

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Did You Know – 12/05/2017

 

  1. It does not matter what size the eyes happen to be on humans and animals alikee, longest eye lashes length are always 1/3 the width of the eyes. Apparently they are just the right length to minimize air flow over the eye-ball so it does not dry out and helps keep out the dust. Source

 

2. How to tell if the eggs you are about to purchase are fresh. 

The number next to the expiration date, say for example 268.This is the number of days in the year (25th September) when those eggs were placed in the carton. The sell by date is say 14th November. Those eggs have been in that carton for 45 days by that date. Not so fresh in my opinion.

The example above – 211 days is July 30 so by the sell by date those eggs will have been in the carton just under a month.

3. Richard Nixon once smuggled a suitcase full of weed through the airport for Louis Armstrong.

According to Snopes .

Supposedly true Louis Armstrong was flying back from Europe, and on the same plane was
then-Congressman Richard Nixon. Nixon was apparently a fan of Louis and
they chatted throughout the flight.

When they arrived in New York, Louis said to Nixon, listen I’m an old man
and I’ve got all this stuff to carry, why don’t you carry my trumpet for
me and help me out?

And that is the story of how Richard Nixon carried Louis Armstrong’s stash
of weed through customs at the New York airport

 

4. Now here is a word we can all use often with some people.  If someone gives opinions on topics they know nothing about, they’re an ultracrepidarian.

noun, adjective. beyond one’s knowledge or province; pertaining to opinions given on matters beyond one’s knowledge; also written ultra-crepidarian. Word Origin. from Latin ‘beyond the sole’. Source

 

 

 

Digging up a Prototaxites fossil. Photo: University of Chicago

5.  Earth used to be covered with giant mushrooms that were 24 feet tall and three feet wide, instead of trees.

From around 420 to 350 million years ago, when land plants were still the relatively new kids on the evolutionary block and “the tallest trees stood just a few feet high,” giant spires of life poked from the Earth. “The ancient organism boasted trunks up to 24 feet (8 meters) high and as wide as three feet (one meter),” said National Geographic in 2007.  With the help of a fossil dug up in Saudi Arabia scientists finally figured out what the giant creature was: a fungus. (We think.)

The towering fungus spires would have stood out against a landscape scarce of such giants, said New Scientist in 2007.

Source: Smithsonian

 

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Did You Know – 10/27/2015 –

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  1. Magic Mushrooms Hyperconnect the brain – 

Researchers at King’s college  London asked 15 volunteers undergo brain scanning by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. They did so once after ingesting a dose of magic mushrooms, and once after taking a placebo. The resulting brain connectivity maps showed that, while under the influence of the drug, the brain synchronizes activity among areas that would not normally be connected.

A 2011 study found that after one dose of psilocybin, some people became more open to new experiences for at least 14 months.

2. More about Mushrooms –  Long before trees overtook the land, earth was covered by giant mushrooms  – Source

3. And More –  Lightning makes mushrooms more plentiful, according to ongoing research that offers a solid scientific basis for Japanese farming lore. – Source

4. Still more –  In a 2004 study, Chinese women who ate mushrooms and drank green tea reduced their risk of breast cancer by nearly 90% – Source

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5. Jellybeans are a tasty treat and come in many flavours, but did you realize their shiny coating is made from bug feces? Shellac, also known as confectioner’s glaze, is made from a resin excreted by the female lac beetle, indigenous to India and Thailand. The resin is processed into flakes, dissolved in denatured alcohol to make liquid shellac, and then sprayed on food products

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6. Gelatin is made from cattle hides and pork skins

Gelatin is used to make many desserts, such as jelly powders, marshmallows and frozen cakes. Gelatin is made from the collagen of animal skin and bones. Gelatin melts to a liquid state when heated, and solidifies when it cools. You may see gelatin form if you use animal bones to make your own soup stock and cool the broth.

Gelatin is the main ingredient in jelly powder. During the manufacturing of gelatin, chemical changes take place so that the final product, the composition, and the identity of the original material is completely eliminated.
Beware Vegans !

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7. An American typically takes 14 minutes to eat a meal at McDonald’s, while a Frenchman lingers on for about 22 minutes.

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Chicken Cacciatore with Mushrooms- Looks Delicious


Chicken Cacciatore

Your entire family will love this yummy classic. Hearty portobello mushrooms, sweet green peppers, and gently browned chicken give the chunky tomato such amazing flavor, you’ll want more topping and less pasta. For dessert, Greek yogurt with your favorite seasonal fruit and a drizzle of honey is a sweet, low-calorie finish.

Ingredients

Serves: 6 Prep: 10min|Cook: 28min |Total: 38min

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size chunks
1 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
salt
ground black pepper
1 box (10 ounces) baby portobello mushrooms, quartered
2 tablespoons dry white wine or chicken broth
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1/2 pound whole wheat pasta
Directions

1.In a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken and bell pepper, and sprinkle with the garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is lightly browned.

2.Add the mushrooms and wine or broth. Cook, stirring often, for 8 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the sauce is lightly thickened.

3.Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and transfer to the skillet. Toss to mix well.

Nutritional Facts per serving

CALORIES 358.8 CAL

FAT 7.1 G

SATURATED FAT 1.1 G

CHOLESTEROL 65.8 MG

SODIUM 285.2 MG

CARBOHYDRATES 36.8 G

TOTAL SUGARS 1.6 G

DIETARY FIBER 7.8 G

PROTEIN 35.9 G

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