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Have a Cold? Mushroom Ginger Soup by Daphne Miller

Have a Cold? Mushroom Ginger Soup by Daphne Miller

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By Daphne Miller
SBy Daphne Miller
Special to the Washington Post
Monday, May 25, 2009; 7:16 PM

Daphne Miller's Mushroom Soup with Ginger

By Daphne Miller
Special to the Washington Post
Monday, May 25, 2009; 7:16 PM
1 ¼ cup shiitake, white button, maitake, cremini, or oyster mushrooms cut in

¼ inch slices

1/2 inch cube of fresh ginger (you can add a bit more if you really love ginger)

2 cups cold water

1 tablespoon white or red miso paste

1 tsp Mirin, sake or rice vinegar

1 tbsp finely chopped scallion

Put mushrooms, ginger and water in a pot with a lid and bring to a boil, immediately turn down heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and take out ginger. Put ¼ up of broth in a bowl and stir in miso paste and Mirin.

Stir this mixture into the pot. Serve topped with scallions.

Serving size: 1 dose


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By Daphne Miller
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
"Just a cold? I thought I was dying." Martha sounded irritated.

She had hustled the kids off to day care and skipped work, clearly expecting to hear that something more dramatic was brewing than a late springtime cold. But what motivated her visit to my office, I realized, was not the infection itself as much as the dizzying array of symptoms caused by her self-administered treatments: The fatigue and stomach pain appeared to intensify with each dose of opioid-derived cough suppressant she chugged; as for her headache, dry mouth and racing heart, they coincided suspiciously with a decongestant that contained pseudoephedrine (a close cousin to methamphetamine).

Bolstered by a growing body of data and my own clinical experience, I opened my electronic medical record and entered a prescription that would give Martha relief without more side effects: mushroom ginger soup. The recipe sits right there on my screen, one click below morphine and one above mycostatin.

Over the years, these frustrating experiences have prompted me to take a closer look at nutrition and herbal research. Take that soup: Unlike standard pharmaceutical cold preparations, which study after study has shown do little to block symptoms or speed up recovery, ginger and mushrooms have the potential to help, and with virtually no ill effects. Indeed, a phalanx of lab-coated scientists have finally convinced me of something that generations of traditional Chinese and Japanese healers, and my great-grandmother, already knew to be true: Ginger is an excellent decongestant, and mushrooms boost your immune system.

Some of the most compelling mushroom research has been done by Keith Martin, a nutritionist at Arizona State University and author of more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Martin and his colleagues have tested a variety of common mushrooms, such as white buttons and shiitakes, and found that in the presence of viruses such as those that cause cold and flu symptoms, all of them can raise the levels of the immune system's proteins to three to five times normal.

Although mushroom extracts and supplements have gained popularity on store shelves, with promises that they can stop the spread of cancer and help manage infections, Martin cautions that no one has been able to definitively pinpoint the substances that give fungi the immune-boosting qualities he has identified. "Nutrition researchers have gotten themselves in trouble before when they tried to find the magic bullet in foods," he says, referring to studies where high-dose nutrient extracts given to reduce a cancer paradoxically caused a cancer spike in the study participants.

Martin, who does get some funding from the mushroom industry, went on to advise that eating whole fungi rather than taking supplements is likely to be the healthier choice. Lucky for us, it happens to be the tastier option as well.

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