10 December 2015

Benefits of Mushrooms in our daily diet

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What are the benefits of mushrooms in our daily diet? Are there any health benefits of consuming mushrooms as part of our diet? Is it true that mushrooms are loaded with essential nutrients?

Let us find out ...


Health benefits of Mushrooms

Mushroom immunoceuticals are a blossoming boon to individuals with diminished immunity, tormented with cancer, or merely descending into ill health with the passing of time.

Mushrooms = Medicine?

Mushrooms are widely referred to as "medicinal foods” due to their fascinating ability of immune support. They are extremely resilient, kill viruses, bacteria, and even yeast. Some mushrooms destroy cancer cells, facilitate nerve regeneration and even survive radioactivity. The strongest first generation antibiotics like penicillin, streptomycin, and tetracycline are from fungal extracts.

The world-renowned mycologist Paul Stamets in his "The Most Powerful Medicine in Nature" about fungi states that out of million species of fungi, we have labelled only ten percent in which we have recognised the immune properties for only half a dozen of them. Many of the mushrooms valued for strong medicinal properties grow on trees, capturing the nutrients that the tree had stored for hundreds of years and turning it into a little medicinal powerhouse.

Each mushroom species has a unique anti-infective and immunomodulating agents that include polysaccharides, glycoproteins, ergosterols and triterpenoids. The orally-bioactive glucans, fructoglucans and proteoglycans isolated from these phytonutrients are currently the most promising class of immunoceuticals.

They are capable of simultaneously augmenting the activity of white cells in providing host immunity. Glucan and proteoglycan mushroom immunoceuticals offer hope for cancer patients. As dietary supplements, they are safe, clinically proven, and exhibit near-perfect benefit-risk profiles.

Common Varieties of Mushrooms

Eat only organically grown mushrooms as its property to become a medicine or a poison depends on the place it grows. Some of the common varieties sold in super markets are
  • Shiitake (Lentinula edodes),
  • Caterpillar or (Cordyceps), 
  • Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus), 
  • Button mush rooms (Agaricus spp).

How to preserve Mushrooms?

Refrigerate fresh mushrooms in a paper bag or their original container. They remain fresh when neither too dry, nor too damp. Before cooking, clean the soil with a soft brush or damp paper towel. Mushrooms absorb water easily, so do not soak in water for cleaning. Reject any portion of the stem holding a lot of soil.

An inclination towards combination of immunopotentiating agents with cancer regimens of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy is now cutting-edge in Japan and China where mushroom preparations have been an anticancer resource for centuries.

Let’s include more mushrooms in our daily diet to defend us!


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