Did you know that Mushrooms were once a royalty? Yes, they were believed to increase the strength and hence eaten exclusively by the Egyptian warriors. Mushrooms are basically fungus that grows above the soil. It is said that the name “Mushroom” may have been derived from a French word. Before they became a delicacy and were cultivated on a large scale, they were picked up in the jungles by the local people and consumed. They had their own ways of checking whether it is poisonous or not. Poisonous mushrooms causes nausea and other serious ailments hence care was taken to properly select them for consumption. Mushrooms were consumed mostly for their medicinal benefits as known to the people who treated people based on their years of experience but not really qualified medical practitioners. In the recent times, awareness about the nutritional benefits of Mushrooms has become known to all hence leading to its cultivation on a mass scale. Due to various health benefits Mushrooms are also known as the poor man’s meat.
Let us know look at the five major benefits of consuming Mushrooms
Many studies which were conducted by the nutritionist over the globe showed that those who consumed Shiitake Mushrooms on a regular basis had good immunity. A substance called Beta-glucan which is present in it helps protect a person from cold and other viral infections. Shiitake Mushroom has a substance called Lentinan which is said to improve immunity immensely. Mushrooms are also known to help in lowering the cholesterol levels. They are also power house of antioxidants.
White Button Mushroom
It is said that white button mushrooms helps in removing the excess estrogen from the body which in turn prevents causing breast and prostate cancer. It is also known that consumption of white button mushrooms helps in reducing the size of the tumor.
We have always known that there is no better source of Vitamin D other than the sunlight. Just like the humans, mushrooms also produce Vitamin D when they are exposed to the sunlight. It has been found that about 85 grams of porcini mushrooms provides with 400 international units of Vitamin D. Mushrooms such as Porcini are good sources of Calcium, therefore consuming mushroom on regular basis will keep you healthy and fit.
One cup of portobello mushrooms per day is said to help in reducing the body weight to a great extent. It not just reduces the weight but help in maintaining the weight loss over a period of time. As mushrooms are high in fiber content, it keeps the person full for a long time and thus leading to less food consumption on regular basis. They are also high in iron and potassium and these help in keeping the body well hydrated for a long time. Also, the Selenium in the mushrooms is said to help in weight loss.
Though there are not many reports on this there have been a few studies conducted which shows that Oyster Mushrooms when consumed have been a good defense towards HIV virus because of its high content of anti-oxidants.
Yes, it has been proved that Mushrooms have numerous health benefits. But, care should also be taken to make sure the right kind of mushroom is consumed. Mushrooms when purchased should be firm and not slimy or bruised. So, what are you waiting for? If you still haven’t ever tried eating a mushroom, go ahead and include Mushrooms in your diet and lead a healthy life!!!