A Pizza Topping? Food for Anti-Aging

Mushrooms Are Magical!

We love ’em or we hate ’em on pizza, in omelets and even stuffed with sausage and cream cheese (Yum). I love them any way they’re made honestly. Just yesterday, I discovered, in my email inbox, a newsletter about mushrooms I’d like to share, in my own words of course. Then…..I’ll even put myself on stretch and give you some more info and some ideas for discuise for you mushroom “dislikers” out there. (I know you’re there, I have a best friend who HATES them)

So…Here we go.

Medicine & Mushrooms

Surprisingly, Mushroom Research has shown that these little dome shaped fungi can actually make your immune system stronger and  medicinal mushrooms have been used for a long time in eastern medicine to treat allergies, arthritis, bronchial sicknesses and even some forms of cancer. New research is now showing, and studies are shedding light on how valuable mushrooms really are.

Mushrooms and your skin

First of all, mushrooms are loaded with Vitamin D and antioxidants that prevent wrinkles and prevent discoloration of the skin casued by the sun and other invironmental damage. and they have properties that deter inflammation. Mushrooms can help stop topical skin ailments like eczema, acne and rosacea. And with so many kinds of mushrooms ranging from the little white buttons to morels and the more exotic types, consider the possibilities.

 The Kombucha

Until now, I had no idea this mushroom was where the new popular, fermented health food tea came from. Well, now I know and so do you! This might be something worth trying and even drinking on a regualr basis.

here’s what an article in the Miami Herald has to say:

The Kombucha mushroom has become a star reciently as an ingredient in one type of black tea. It might be a celebrity in some countries but very well known and used in China, Germany and Russia. Used for centuries for memory health, weight management, digestion and for those who wish to live to a ripe, older age.

Kombucha has also been shown, when taken by mouth, to have a positive effect on oxidative stress, also known as free radical damage. When applied to the skin, kombucha also stops glycation. Glycation happens when large amounts of sugar bind to collagen in our skin, which makes it brittle and that, my friend…causes wrinkles.

When I read that Kombucha was good for my skin, my first thought was so, do I use it like witch hazel or is there a moisturizer on the market that will work. I know I would rather put on a cream that have smelly Kombucha on my face. (It’s fermented, okay? it smells like vinegar) So, After some looking around, I found a good Kombucha face product. This is sold on amazon, so you can check out the reviews. HydroPeptide Face Lift Advanced Ultra-Lift Moisturizer


Now for another “youthful” mushroom (Pun intended 😉

The Reishi, one of mushrooms famous for it’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer benefits, has a new one, skin care! And to your total advantage,  Aveeno is one company that uses Reiki mushrooms in it’s “Absolutely Ageless” anti-aging products and another one I just found out about that you have probably never heard of either. Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom. I’ll review both of these anti-aging formulas soon.

I have realized this after reading up on mushrooms, I’m going to be eating them more often!

Now, for those of you who don’t like mushrooms, but love what they can do for you and your skin, here’s a website I found that has real people suggestions on how to learn to like and even love mushrooms.


With all this promising research, it will be interesting to see how the power of these magical mushrooms will be used to treat both health and skin disorders. Now that’s food for thought.



Publisher PhotoReady to turn over a new burger? I guarantee no one will be missing the beef after tasting these vegetarian burgers. They’re moist, tender and full of flavor. —Denise Hollebeke, Penhold, Alberta

Featured In: Veggie Burger Recipes


4 servings

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


  • 2 cups finely chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • lettuce leaves


In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Shape into four 3/4-in.-thick patties.In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add burgers; cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until crisp and lightly browned. Serve on buns with lettuce. Yield: 4 servings.Originally published as Mushroom Burgers in Country Woman March/April 2007, p29


1 burger: 330 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 736mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.

And one more:

My Favorite Recipes for STUFFED MUSHROOMS



Nutritional Information 

  • 2 (8 oz.) packages small white mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons canned minced clams, drained
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated mozzarella



How to Make It


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove stems from all mushrooms; set aside 20 mushroom caps. Chop and combine mushroom stems and remaining whole mushrooms.

Step 2

Melt butter over medium heat. Add chopped mushrooms, salt, pepper and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Place in a bowl; stir in 1/3 cup Parmesan, cream cheese, clams, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and 1 Tbsp. parsley.

Step 3

Fill mushroom caps with clam mixture. Pour 3 Tbsp. water into a baking dish and place mushrooms in a single layer; sprinkle with mozzarella and remaining Parmesan.

Step 4

Bake until tender, 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.


Whether you like mushrooms or not, I’d love to know if you found this post informative? Interesting? Do you have a good mushroom recipe or other Natural anti-aging ideas? I’d love to know! Or just tell me what you think of my website in general. I love hearing from my audience.











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