Questioning the benefits of eating mushrooms? I did, and now I am convinced eating more of them is the way to go.
My daughter loves them, and I find myself buying a big bag of them every time I do the shopping. Every week I look for a creative way to cook them up so the family can enjoy.
Mushrooms are not a vegetable, or herb, as they don’t have any leaves or roots, yet they offer as many vitamins and antioxidants as vegetables. In fact, what makes these fungi special, it has a nutritional content that can also be compared to meat and grains.
Yes, the benefits of eating mushrooms are becoming very popular which makes it the new superfood.
If you are not in the habit of eating these fungi, it has a similar taste to black bean.
Benefits Of Eating Mushrooms
Well, I have to thank my daughter, because if it was not for her wanting to eat them all the time. I would bypass these fungi as usual when out doing the weekly shop.
Nowadays, I can’t get enough of them. Especially since I have done some research on the number of nutritional goodness mushrooms contain.
What I love most about this fungi, it has two important antioxidants glutathione and ergothioneine. Depending on the type of mushroom some contain higher amounts than others.
Scientists believe these two antioxidants can help with signs of aging and improve health. There is one mushroom that has the highest amount of glutathione and ergothioneine and it is the Porcini.
Of course, to enjoy the benefits of eating mushrooms I try to eat mainly the Porcini mushroom. I usually buy them at the local market.
Around 13 types of mushrooms have been tested for these two antioxidants.
Porcini the highest and the white button type which is the most common has the lowest amount of glutathione and ergothioneine.
A recent study finds these two antioxidants make it a great longevity food to eat. So, if you are looking for ways to live a longer, healthier life, this is one food to eat more of.
Cooking mushrooms do not seem to lower the amount of glutathione and ergothioneine either. Which is great, because I don’t like eating them raw.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating uncooked mushrooms despite some authority figures claiming they contain toxins.
They are perfect for any dish and a pizza is just not the same without them.
Vitamins And Minerals in Mushrooms
The benefits of eating mushrooms will help support a strong immune system.
You get vitamin D, which is important as many people are quite low in this vitamin. Due to avoiding the sun and most people covering with sunblock. Vitamin D is also good for helping the body absorb calcium.
B vitamins, copper, potassium, selenium, magnesium, and zinc.
They are low in calories, a good source of unsaturated fatty acids and fiber, contain a low amount of sodium, and gluten-free.
Eating more foods with unsaturated fatty acids is the best way to help keep cholesterol levels down and are good for heart health.
The benefits of eating mushrooms make it the perfect food for helping cut the enzyme aromatase which in turn can help fight off cancer cells. They are one of the top foods to eat for helping fight breast cancer.
Clinical tries on the Shiitake mushroom found it able to arrest production of cancer cells. Shiitake is well-known for its medicinal properties.
Mushrooms For Skin Care And Supplement
Shitake powder is a very popular supplement on the market. I have a friend who adds Shiitake powder to her smoothie in the mornings.
Another well-known mushroom is the Reishi and like the Shiitake you can find either of these two in many skin care products.
Both the Shitake and Reishi are two popular ones used, for their high antioxidant levels and vitamin D. Some skin care products use white mushrooms as an ingredient.
All mushrooms no matter which type you like have anti-inflammatory properties and contain antioxidants.
This is what makes them attractive in skin care products. Apparently, anything you use with mushroom is good for healing any skin problems.
One ingredient for helping keep skin hydrated and plump found in these fungi is polysaccharide and is comparable to hyaluronic acid. However, I would caution against getting carried away by a product marketing polysaccharide as it may make no difference to your skin.
Just like hyaluronic acid, which I never found to make much of a change in my skin.
In all honesty, there are many products on the market these days adding mushroom as a miracle ingredient. Yet, I fail to see how any product can improve your skin if you don’t have a healthy diet, and have a belief you are aging.
Any negative belief about aging you hold will make a far greater impact on your skin than any product will.
I much rather enjoy the benefits of eating mushrooms than applying a product with mushroom to my face.
Having said that, I do think making your own facial mask with mushroom powder is a great idea. I have done this on a couple of occasions.
A mushroom powder can then serve two purposes, make a face mask and add it to a smoothie or dish.
Make sure when buying mushroom they are plump, firm, and clean. Don’t soak them in water to clean, as they are liable to become soggy. Gently wipe clean with a small amount of water.
My favourite ways to enjoy the benefits of eating mushrooms is a risotto and a creamy pasta.