You either love them or you hate them. This vegetable (actually a fungus but that's not winning them any points!) has a hearty, meaty texture and can be used in practically every dish: Sides, stews, soups, sandwiches, stir-fries, salads. They compliment rice, breakfast, bean dishes(ananas roti) and can be made into sauces for pasta, noodles and meat. They come in tons of variety and can be purchased fresh, died or in a can.
1. Filling but low in calories and great for weight loss.
2. Research has shown that eating mushrooms can help to prevent breast cancer by preventing circulating levels of estrogen in the body from becoming excessive.
3. A powerful antioxidant.
4. Good source of fiber. This keeps you full and aids digestion and elimination.
5. A good source of copper, which is shown to prevent rheumatoid arthritis.
6. Good source of iron. Iron is used in metabolism and oxygen transportation. Without iron reserves, fatigue and weakness is common.
7. Contains riboflavin, which is known to prevent migraines.
8. Contains B vitamins which prevent fatigue by supporting the adrenal glands.
9. A great source of zinc. This mineral protects the immune system, and speeds the healing process.
10. Niacin rich foods like mushrooms protect against Alzheimer's disease and age related cognitive decline.
Mushrooms and inexpensive and almost foolproof to prepare. They come in many delicious varieties (White button, cremini, portobello, shiitake) and they are all good for you! Try adding fresh mushrooms into 1-2 meals a week to receive their many advantageous health benefits.
White Mushroom for Weight Loss and Prostate Cancer Prevention- This category includes the familiar button mushroom, cremini and the Portobello. The white mushroom has a special carbohydrate that stokes the metabolic fire and maintains blood sugar levels. A strong metabolism means more burned fat. Three ounces per day for four to six weeks has been said to yield substantial weight loss (this does not mean that exercise and healthy eating is not required). These mushrooms are also high in selenium which not only aids weight loss but is showing to have positive effects on prostate cancer.
Shiitake Can Fight Tumors– These flavorful, meaty mushrooms contain lentinan which is a natural anti-tumor compound. It has been developed by the Japanese into a beneficial anti-cancer treatment. In turn, it is an excellent source of vitamin D and fighting infection. Four to five ounces per day is recommended.
Reishi: The Super Anti-‘Shroom– This mushroom that looks like a large brown and white flower made of wood, has the following properties: anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. In addition, reishi mushrooms contain gandodermic acid which helps reduce cholesterol which in turn can lower high blood pressure. A few ounces per day is a good addition to a meal.
Maitake Mushrooms for Breast Cancer– A half of a cup per day of maitake mushrooms is said to be able to sweep the system, find abnormal cells and cause them to self-destruct. At the same time, these trumpeting bushels can trigger the body to release killer immune system cells.
Oysters for HIV – Oyster mushrooms are being studied as a possible defense against HIV. Due to its high anti-oxidant compounds, these mushrooms can be a life saving ingredient.
Chanterelle: The Other Anti ‘Shroom – Looking like a single mini-trumpet this mushroom has been associated with anti-microbial, bacterial and fungal properties. They are also high in vitamin C, D and potassium.
Porcini for Anti-Inflammation– A meaty mushroom similar to the Portabello has been used as a successful anti-inflammatory. It contains the compound ergosterol which is capable of cytotoxicity which is the process of attacking enemy cells.
Shimeji Fights Tumors Asthma and More– These are the tiny capped, long stemmed species that can be found in many Asian soups or as a garnish. Be sure and pay close attention to this one as it contains beta-glucans. According to the National Cancer Institute of Japan this compound is a successful remedy for retarding and destroying growing tumors. Shimeji mushrooms can also help diabetes, asthma and certain allergies by enhancing the immune system and boosting its healing capabilities