Health Benefits of Mushrooms – Part 1
Posted on: March 23, 2019.

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Mushrooms are healthy foods rich in various nutrients, and a good source of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, and essential vitamins, whose health benefits include weight loss, relief from high cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Mushrooms are also a rich source of fibre, selenium, and Vitamins C & D, and also help in strengthening the immune system.

Following are the significant nutritional health benefits of edible mushrooms:

 
 

Selenium: Has potential anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties that could help in reducing the risk of cancer, heart diseases, thyroid disease, and cognitive decline.

Lowers Cholesterol: Mushrooms are a plentiful source of lean proteins that have no cholesterol or fat, and have very low carbohydrates, and furthermore helps burn cholesterol when digested. The fibre content and certain enzymes in mushrooms also help to lower cholesterol levels, by balancing LDL “bad cholesterol” and HDL “good cholesterol” levels, which is essential in the prevention of various cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

Prevents Diabetes: Mushrooms are an ideal low-energy diet for diabetics, as they have no fats, no cholesterol, very low levels of carbohydrates, high protein content, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals. They also contain a lot of water and fibre. Furthermore, they contain natural insulin and enzymes which help in the metabolism of sugar or starch in food. They are also known to help in the proper functioning of the liver, pancreas, and other endocrine glands, thereby promoting the formation and regulation of insulin across the body. The natural antibiotics in mushrooms bring relief to diabetics who often suffer from infections, particularly in their limbs, and painful and potentially life-threatening conditions, which tend to continue for long periods of time.

Improves Bone Health: The abundance of calcium in mushroom helps in the formation and strengthening of bones, and a steady supply of calcium in the diet can reduce chances of developing conditions like osteoporosis, reduce joint pain, and restore general lack of mobility associated with bone degradation.

Nutrient Absorption: Mushrooms, especially, have Vitamin D which is a relatively rare vitamin to find in vegetables, and edible forms of Vitamin D are not particularly common. Vitamin D facilitates the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous which mushrooms have in plenty. Consequently, the combined effects of Vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorous make mushrooms a good idea to eat whenever possible.

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