Mushrooms can prepare many delicious dishes, provide nutrients, enhance immunity, and fight aging.
According to a study published in March, white button mushrooms can slow the progression of prostate cancer. This finding shouldn’t come as much of a surprise because mushrooms are a nutrient-dense, low-calorie, low-sodium and cholesterol-free food.
Mushrooms provide B vitamins, making them an ideal choice for vegetarians. This dish also adds some important minerals like copper (creates red blood cells), selenium (an antioxidant) and potassium (supports nerve and muscle function).
Here are the effects of eating mushrooms regularly:
* Increase immunity.
According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, cooked shiitake mushrooms can boost the immune system. University of Florida scientists instructed 52 volunteers (ages 21 to 41) to eat a 100g serving of shiitake mushrooms daily for four weeks.
In order not to affect the results, the participants avoided tea, supplements, and probiotics.
After the experiment ended, blood tests showed that the adults had large amounts of T cells, reducing the risk of inflammation. These are two factors that make the immune system stronger.
* Balance blood sugar.
Consuming mushrooms increases the amount of prevotella, a “friendly” gut bacteria, which in turn produces more short-chain fatty acids. This alters the expression of genes involved in the management of glucose produced in the liver.
* Reduced risk of cognitive decline.
Crossword puzzles aren’t the only way to strengthen your memory and decision-making skills. National University of Singapore researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 600 elderly people over six years.
To assess cognitive health and dementia, a team of nurses conducted extensive interviews and tests to assess eating habits, psychological factors, walking speed, patient consciousness.
Their findings, published in the journal Alzheimer’s Disease, reported that adults who ate mushrooms each week had a 50% lower risk of mild cognitive impairment.
Elderly people have consumed dried, canned mushrooms, yellow mushrooms, oysters, shiitake, white button mushrooms.
* Reduces signs of aging.
Researchers have found that mushrooms are rich in ergothioneine and glutathione.
These are two antioxidants that play an important role in protecting the body from cell damage associated with many chronic diseases in the elderly such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The antioxidant content varied among the 13 mushrooms tested. Mushrooms lower on the list like white button mushrooms still provide a large amount of antioxidants. Cooking the mushrooms does not affect this property.