Why Mushrooms Are Magical
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Have you ever met someone that is so passionate about a certain “thing” that their enthusiasm convinces you that their interest is the best “THING” ever?
In other words, their excitement infects you with a curiosity to learn more about what has them so fired up.
Well… that unexpectedly happened to me last week when I was volunteering in an English immersion program in the countryside of Hungary where I met a man who was a mushroom enthusiast.
Yes – MUSHROOMS.
He hunted, documented, studied and adored mushrooms… which obviously made me think:
“What makes mushrooms so GREAT?”
I’ve previously cooked and eaten mushrooms, but never really thought twice about their magical health powers… until now.
Come with me on a mini mission to discover the health benefits of mushrooms!
The Many Health Benefits Of Mushrooms
|Boost Your Immune System
- Increases the production of antiviral and other proteins released by cells when protecting and repairing your body’s tissues (particularly white button mushrooms)
- Promotes the maturation of immune system cells
- Enhances your body’s immunity
- Leads to better defense against invading microbes
|Encourage Weight Loss
- Nutrient dense with no fat or cholesterol
- Minimal carbohydrates
- Contain a healthy amount of fiber
- These characteristics make a great combination for a food to regularly consume when wanting to lose weight
|Boost Your Metabolism
- Mushrooms contain tons of vitamin B2 and B3
- B vitamins are important for turning food into fuel (carbs into glucose)
- Helps your body metabolize fats and protein
- B2 and B3 vitamin content of 3.5 ounces of mushrooms based on daily recommended amount:
- Crimini: 44 and 30 percent
- White button: 36 and 30 percent
- Oyster: 32 and 39 percent
|Increase Your Vitamin D
- The ONLY fruit or vegetable source of vitamin D
- Mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight (like humans)
|Get Your Dose of Antioxidants
- Antioxidants help fight off free radicals that are the result of oxidation in your body
- Crimini and portobello mushrooms have the same amount of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) as red peppers
|Improve Your Cholesterol
- Mushrooms provide you with lean proteins
- Have NO cholesterol or fat
- Very low in carbohydrates
- Fiber and enzymes help lower your cholesterol levels
- High lean protein content helps burn cholesterol when they are digested
- Low iron in your blood can lead to fatigue, headaches, reduced neural function and digestive issues (all characteristics of anemia)
- Mushrooms are a great source of IRON
- 90% of the nutritive iron value is absorbed into your body
- Promote the formation of red blood cells
- Keeps you healthy and functioning at your optimum level
|Supports Bone Health
- Rich source of calcium
- Essential nutrient for the formation and strength of bones
- Reduces your risk of developing osteoporosis
- Helps minimize joint pain
- Reduces your lack of mobility associated with bone degradation
Before you go off hunting your local market for the perfect mushroom, there are a few things to consider when make your selection:
- Mushrooms can be VERY dangerous
- Most species of mushrooms are NOT edible
- They are highly poisonous
- Look similar to their edible counterparts
- DO NOT pick mushrooms from the wild for consumption
- ONLY if you have been trained to identify them very well
- Many wild mushrooms contain toxic heavy metals and air and water pollutants
RULE OF THUMB: Stick to buying organic mushrooms from you local grocery store or farmer’s market.
What is your favorite way to each mushrooms?
I love to take a portobello mushroom cap and make a “pizza” with chopped tomatoes, onions, peppers… and then sprinkle it with a bit of cheese and fresh basil – YUM!
SHARE your favorite mushroom recipe BELOW!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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