Organic Morels Mushrooms 20 gms
Organic Dried Morel Mushrooms from Earthy Delights are prized like no other mushroom. Rich, smoky, earthy and fragrant; dried morels are fabulous in sauces with meat, poultry or pasta. Also excellent in risottos, omelettes, quiche, stews and stir frys.
While fresh morel mushroomss have no equal, they're available for all too short a time. Dried morels, on the other hand, are always in season! And, while they may seem expensive, they're actually quite a bargain. Like other dried mushrooms, dried morel mushrooms rehydrate to 6 or 8 times their dry weight. What's more, they don't require refrigeration.
Let’s take a look at some of these unique characteristics, focusing on one species of yellow morel mushroom, Morchella esculenta.
Mushrooms exposed to sunlight or UV radiation are great sources of dietary vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). While most vitamin D supplements contain D3 (cholecalciferol), dietary D2 from mushrooms has been shown to be as effective as vitamin D2 and D3 supplements in raising and maintaining 25(OH)D. Morel mushrooms contain approximately 206 IUs of vitamin D2 per 100 grams of fresh material.
Protection against drug side effects
Pharmaceutical drugs are commonly known to create side effects, and cisplatin (a chemotherapy drug) and gentamicin (an antibiotic) are no exceptions.
When given to mice, these drugs can deplete the internal antioxidant defense system and induce kidney failure.
Research shows, however, that an aqueous-ethanol (water and alcohol) extract from cultivated morel mycelium has the remarkable ability to enhance the internal antioxidant defense system,thereby protecting against toxicity caused by the chemotherapy and antibiotic drugs
Oxidative stress is associated with numerous conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes types 1 and 2.
Consuming antioxidant-rich food, therefore, is an important strategy to protect against this internal damage.Studies have shown that extracts from morel mycelium are effective in combating oxidation. This is primarily accomplished through the scavenging of damaging molecules known as reactive oxygen species (ROS),including the superoxide, hydroxyl, and nitric oxide radicals .
Antioxidants from morel mushrooms have also been shown to inhibit lipid peroxidation – a process involving tissue damage which, if left unchecked, can lead to inflammation and cancer.
Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is an inorganic compound which has been linked to disorders of the central nervous system and kidneys.
Research on animals has shown that administration of CCl4 with ethanol damages the liver by, among other things, depleting internal antioxidant stores. When supplied with an extract of morel mycelium, however, protection is provided against liver damage, and antioxidant reserves can be restored.
This suggests that morel mushroom mycelium may provide therapeutic use as a liver-protecting agent.
Immune system activity
A 2002 study analyzed the immuno-stimulatory property of a unique polysaccharide isolated from the morel mushroom.
Known as galactomannan, this compound comprises 2.0% of the dry fungal material, and may work on both innate immunity and adaptive immunity by enhancing macrophage activity.