Common mushroom could be the key to keeping the weight off

Remember the good old days — when you could wash down a double cheeseburger and a vanilla milkshake and not put on a pound?

And then you hit 40…

Once we reach our middle ages, it feels like we gain weight every time we even just look at a donut.

If you’d like to start eating like a human again… without worrying about struggling to button your jeans… it may be time to add a powerful Chinese mushroom to your menu.

A study just published in the journal Nature Communications found that the reishi mushroom (which you can buy cheaply online or at most health food shops) may dramatically slow how quickly you gain weight.

In this latest study, researchers gave mice reishi mushrooms or a placebo and then literally stuffed them full of food for eight weeks. The mice given reishi mushrooms gained weight much more slowly — in fact, by the end of the experiment they were 20 per cent slimmer than the mice that didn’t get the mushroom.

While this experiment was only on mice, reishi mushrooms could play an important role in helping you control your weight.

Reishi mushrooms work by boosting the number of good bacteria in your stomach and by controlling inflammation. I’ve found that keeping a good balance of gut bacteria and reducing inflammation are two great ways to control your weight — whether you’re a human or a mouse.

I’ve spent so much time studying Traditional Chinese Medicine that I practically have dual citizenship by now. I’ve never understood why our mainstream medical establishment is so quick to dismiss Chinese alternatives breakthroughs like reishi mushrooms, which have been used for thousands of years.

Reishi mushrooms have long been given to patients to help boost their immune systems, fight off viral infections, reduce fatigue and improve heart health. There’s even a common prostate cancer treatment regimen that incorporates reishi mushrooms.

Mushrooms like reishi are also rich in antioxidants and can help naturally detoxify your body.

Researchers say reishi mushrooms may also be useful as a prebiotic, taken before meals. if this affordable, powerful and proven mushroom can give you a head start in the Battle of the Bulge, it’s probably worth a try.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Mushroom used in Chinese medicine ‘slows weight gain, bbc.com

Mushroom supplement could be one way to tackle obesity, nhs.uk

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