Medicinal Mushrooms with Jeff Chilton (ep 41)

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Key Information

Mushrooms are rich in nutrients and antioxidants

Mushrooms contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and compounds that can boost immunity, fight inflammation, and protect against diseases.

Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine

Mushrooms have a long history of medicinal use in various cultures, especially in Asia, where they are valued for their healing and rejuvenating properties.

Mushrooms can enhance the flavor and texture of many dishes

Mushrooms have a savory, umami taste that can complement and enrich many cuisines, from soups and salads to stir-fries and burgers.

Mushrooms are easy to grow and cultivate

Mushrooms can be grown at home or commercially, using various substrates and techniques, and harvested throughout the year.

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We’re talking mushrooms with mushroom legend, Jeff Chilton.  Jeff has spent close to 50 years in the mushroom industry and is a true wealth of knowledge when it comes to fungi.  Jeff and I discuss medicinal mushrooms, edible mushrooms, magic mushrooms and what to specifically look for when sourcing mushrooms.

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About Jeff

Jeff Chilton studied Ethno-mycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties and in 1973
began a 10 year career as a large scale commercial mushroom grower. Jeff is the co-author of The
Mushroom Cultivator, published in 1983. In 1989 Jeff established Nammex, the first company to
supply medicinal mushroom extracts to the Nutritional Supplement industry. In 1997 he organized
the first organic certification workshop for mushroom production in China.
Jeff is a founding member of the World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products in
1994 and a Member of the International Society for Mushroom Science. Nammex extracts are
used by many supplement and food companies and are noted for their high quality based on
scientific analysis of the active compounds.

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Erik Abramowitz is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), Naturopathic Doctoral student, health coach, and father. He is the primary content creator for and the host of the Holistic Nootropics Podcast.

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