Currently there are over 10,000 known species of mushrooms  , only a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands that exists worldwide. Although well-known crimini and portobello mushrooms provide a nutritious addition to many meals, there are also a number of medicinal mushrooms with a vast amount of significant medicinal and health benefits that scientists are only beginning to discover.
Mushrooms are an extraordinary organism, a type of fungi said to be more closely related genetically to animals than they are to other plants. Like humans, they take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide as a waste product. They also have an enzymatic digestive system and store their food as glycogen, two characteristics unique to animals. 
Critical to the environment, most mushrooms grow from the ground are “decomposers” that recycle decaying plant and animal matter. However, when consumed, they are also a great source of lean protein containing virtually no fat or ch...
The best way to keep your allergy symptoms in check is to minimize your contact with the things that trigger them. Typically, allergy triggers include:
Pollen from grass, trees, and weeds
Animal dander from furry and feathered pets
Mold spores, both indoor and outdoor varieties
Let's take a look at some of the main ways you can avoid allergy triggers.
Pollen triggers. Pollen is a tiny egg-shaped particle from flowering plants. All plants have pollen, but only pollen from certain trees, grasses and weeds trigger allergies. Their pollen tends to be small, light, and dry, so winds can spread it far and wide. The heavier, waxier pollens found on roses and other flowers is not spread as easily and is less likely to cause allergy symptoms.
To avoid pollen, the best bet is to stay indoors during hot, dry, windy days in the spring, summer and fall, especially in the early morning, when pollen counts tend to be highest. Keep your windows closed and t...
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