What is Mushrooms?
Mushrooms were used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years, they also have many therapeutic and medicinal properties. If you ask anyone why they eat mushrooms, most will say they like the taste or the texture, but not many will tell you about the highest level of nutrients found in mushrooms than any other vegetable.
Not many people know. There's all the hype about eating berries, apples, oranges, carrots, broccoli, and we know all the reasons why. When adding mushrooms to salads, people don't much realize that they are adding the most important vegetable to their plate.
Here are 7 helpful facts about mushrooms:
1) Mushrooms have low energy concentration. Fewer calories help to keep your weight in balance. Eating more mushrooms could contribute to weight loss.
2) Mushrooms have high raw fiber content. High raw fiber consumption results in the lack of hunger pangs which in turn prevents overeating.
3) Mushrooms have low sodium concentration. Anyone with hypertension can eat them without restrictions.
4) Mushrooms do not have starch. Rather, they contain mannitol which is half as sweet as cane sugar, and can be consumed by diabetics.
5) Mushrooms are low in purine. Beneficial to people suffering from gout and rheumatism
6) Mushrooms are highly concentrated in essential vitamins. Up to three times more than other traditional vegetables.
7) Mushrooms have high concentrations of essential minerals and trace elements like selenium and potassium.
Some statistics; in 100g of white mushrooms, the following was found.
Calories: 40 - Average of most vegetables
Sodium: 9mg - Significantly less than other vegetables
Potassium: 450mg - Significantly much more than other vegetables
Vitamin B-1: 0.10mg - Significantly much more than other vegetables
Vitamin B-2: 0.47mg - Four to Five times more than most other vegetables
Vitamin B-5: 2.25mg - Four to Five times more than most other vegetables
Vitamin B-9: 0.027mg - Four to Five times more than most other vegetables
Vitamin D: 1.88 micro g - One of the only vegetables with this vitamin
Selenium: 28 micro g - Twenty Eight times more than most vegetables
** As you can see, there are many amazing benefits to making mushrooms a part of your daily regimen of fiber. Eating mushrooms can help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Some other important functions include boosting your immune function, reducing your stress while helping to increase relaxation, fighting fatigue in the body while boosting energy and vitality levels, and helping to fight off chronic fatigue.
Mushrooms are also beneficial to those with asthma and bronchitis, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the mushrooms. In addition, they acts as an anti-coagulant, to help thin blood. Fighting allergies is also one of the functions of the mushrooms.
Many experts also look to the mushrooms for helping to lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and help increase the beauty and vitality of skin. While the studies still need to be conducted, some believe the mushrooms to be an anti-cancer agent, as well. The mushrooms contains polysaccharides, a substance that has fought cancerous tumors in mice. Polysaccharides also help to enhance the immune system. Triterpenes in the mushrooms are what is believed to assist in lowering blood pressure.
The side effects experienced by eating the mushrooms are generally rare, but they can include dry mouth, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, skin rashes, and nosebleeds in a small amount of the population.
If any of these symptoms arise in you, you should reduce your dosage or discontinue your use of the mushrooms.
Guidelines as far as dosage go as follows:
General health supplement: 500mg twice per day
Heart disease: 1500mg per day
Immune system enhancement: 500mg three times per day
Bronchitis: 1500mg per day while the condition persists
** mushrooms can also be found in supplements, capsules, powders, teas, and coffees, providing numerous ways to get your dose.
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