Saturday, October 1, 2011


Mushrooms are a staple in my house for flavoring so many foods. I always knew it was a nutrition food but until I decided to do some research on additional benefits on mushrooms, I didn't realize how much more important they were to our health.

Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years both as food and for medicinal purposes. They are often classified as a vegetable or a herb, but they are actually fungi. While there are over 14,000 mushrooms, only about 3,000 are edible, about 700 have known medicinal properties, and fewer than one percent are recognized as poisonous.

Mushrooms are low in carbohydrates, calories and sodium and are cholesterol and fat free! They are high in riboflavin and contain as much fiber as 1 medium tomato. They are also a good source of niacin, pantothenate and copper.

Mushrooms are valuable health food - low in calories, high in vegetable proteins, chitin, iron, zinc, fiber, essential amino acids, vitamins & minerals. Mushrooms also have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine . Their legendary effects on promoting good health and vitality and increasing your body's adaptive abilities have been supported by recent studies.

The health benefits of Mushrooms:

1. Stimulates the Immune System

2. Aids in combating disorders of auto-immune system such as allergies, erythematosus lupus and systemic lupus.

3. May help in the treatment of cancer.

4. Has been used successfully to diminish the harmful effects of chemotherapy.

5. Improves hypertension and hypotensions

6. Promotes good blood circulation by eliminating thrombi (blood clots)in the blood streams.

7. Mushroom protects the liver from damaging toxic chemicals.

8. Has a calming effect to the body's muscles, thus can help against insomnia.

9. Help in normalizing and Improving Allergic Reaction.

Maintaining a strong immune system is very important, especially as you get older. Mushrooms are among the best foods you can eat to bolster your immunity. In addition to their immune benefits, research into the mushroom cancer link holds great promise for the future.

So now you know why Super Mario love it.

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