The Health Benefits Of Mushrooms

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The Benefits Of Mushrooms

Eating mushrooms comes with many health benefits including:

  • Anti-tumor
  • Immuno-modulating
  • Anti-allergic
  • Antioxidant and radical scavenging
  • Cardiovascular
  • Anti-hypercholesterolemic (lower or help maintain healthy cholesterol levels)
  • Anti-viral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antifungal
  • Supports detoxification
  • Hepatoprotective (liver protective)
  • Blood sugar balancing (anti diabetic)
  • Skin diseases
  • Anti-fatigue
  • Source of vitamin D

More than 600 studies have been conducted worldwide, and numerous human clinical trials on MMs have been published. Several of the mushroom compounds have proceeded through phase I, II, and III clinical studies and are used extensively and successfully in Asia to treat various cancers and other diseases.

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Are Mushrooms A Super Food?

In all certainty, edible mushrooms can be referred to as a “superfood” and are recommended as a valuable constituent of the daily diet.

Mushrooms are rich in anti-inflammatory components, such as polysaccharides, phenolic and indolic compounds, mycosteroids, fatty acids, carotenoids, vitamins, and biometals. Metabolites from mushrooms possess antioxidant, anticancer, and most significantly, anti-inflammatory properties. Recent reports indicate that edible mushroom extracts exhibit favourable therapeutic and health-promoting benefits, particularly in relation to diseases associated with inflammation. In all certainty, edible mushrooms can be referred to as a “superfood” and are recommended as a valuable constituent of the daily diet.

There is a counter argument to this however which is mushrooms have been shown to have a natural ability to accumulate heavy metals. This is why it is so important to choose reputable companies/brands and not go with the cheapest option you can find.

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Do Mushrooms Help Gut Health?

Mushrooms are known prebiotics, and thus stimulate the growth of gut microbiota, conferring health benefits to the host (i.e us!). The important sources of prebiotics in mushrooms are non-digestible mushroom polysaccharides which can inhibit pathogen (‘bad bugs’) proliferation by enhancing the growth of probiotic bacteria in the gut.

Do Mushrooms Help Fatigue?

Many studies have demonstrated the antifatigue effects of edible and medicinal mushrooms.

These mushrooms probably mitigate human fatigue through effects on the functional systems, including the muscular, cardiovascular, hormone, and immune system. The bioactive constituents that contribute to the anti-fatigue effects of mushrooms may include polysaccharides, peptides, nucleosides, phenolic compounds, and triterpenoids.

Magic Mushrooms

Now the health benefits of magic mushrooms deserves a blog in it’s own write with research being published discussing their potential benefit in inflammatory conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to psoriasis to neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Summary

Mushrooms should be a regular feature in our diets for all of the above health benefits. And they are so easy to include! Ideas include:

  • Fry some up for a weekend brunch
  • Throw some in to a stir fry
  • Have some dried mushrooms in the cupboard and soak, then add to dishes such as bolognese.
  • Drink mushroom based coffee’s from companies such as Four Sigmatic: click here.
  • Drink mushroom tea – I know sound horrible but I love this organic reishi tea: click here.
  • Supplement them.

References

  1. Medicinal Mushrooms in Human Clinical Studies. Part I. Anticancer, Oncoimmunological, and Immunomodulatory Activities: A Review: click here.
  2. Anti-inflammatory properties of edible mushrooms: A review: click here.
  3. A Critical Review on Health Promoting Benefits of Edible Mushrooms through Gut Microbiota: click here.
  4. Medicinal Mushrooms in Human Clinical Studies. Part I. Anticancer, Oncoimmunological, and Immunomodulatory Activities: A Review: click here.
  5. A Review of Mushrooms as a Potential Source of Dietary Vitamin D: click here.
  6. Antifatigue Functions and Mechanisms of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms: click here.
  7. Advances in antiviral polysaccharides derived from edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms: click here.
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