Mushrooms, tasty and edible fungi, you either love them or hate them. If you love mushrooms, you’re in luck, as they offer a few health benefits. Keep in mind that different types of mushrooms contain varying amounts of the nutrients listed below, a little extra research may be needed.
Mushrooms are naturally gluten-free, low in calories, and fat-free. They generally contain a healthy amount of B vitamins (especially vitamins B5 and B2), potassium and selenium. They are also rich in fiber, antioxidants and beta-glucans.
Antioxidants are known for their protective qualities which help shield cells and tissues from damage. Selenium plays an important role in several physiological functions. It helps support proper liver function and detoxification. It also acts as an immunomodulator, making the immune system function more efficiently. The fiber content of mushrooms can help to support heart health, regulate blood sugars, and maintain healthy body weight. Potassium also plays a role in energy metabolism and can help to maintain healthy blood pressure.
Beta-glucans are active compounds found in the cell walls of various plants, fungi, and microorganisms. They help to strengthen the immune system and improve digestion and bowel health. They also help to manage appetite, subsequently reducing calorie intake and contributing to healthy body weight.
Speak to a naturopathic doctor to learn how to incorporate mushrooms into your diet or to find out if a mushroom supplement is right for you.
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