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  • 8 Benefits of Mushrooms

    I did some research on the benefits of mushrooms and thought I would share the information:

    There are many types of mushrooms that offer a long list of health benefits. Mushrooms are an odd looking group that goes by the name of fungi pronounced, fun gee or fun guy. Essentially it is neither a plant nor an animal it is a fungus, hence the group name. Although mushrooms may not be a number one menu favorite you may think twice about pushing them aside during your next encounter.

    Note: If you have gout do not eat mushrooms.
    1.
    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.

    2.
    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.

    3.
    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.

    4.
    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.

    5.
    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.

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    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.

    7.
    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.

    8.
    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.

  • #2
    What you wrote is very interesting. I didn't know that there are so many benefits when it comes to eating mushroom. Maybe I should try them then. I like how they taste, but I always avoid them because I'm afraid that I'll eat poisonous one by mistake. Mistakes like this happen too often.
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    • #3
      I love mushrooms, both cooked and raw. If I'm feeling hungry, I'll slice up some raw mushrooms and dip them in tomato salsa - absolutely lovely. And one of my favourite meals is mushroom risotto. Just mushrooms, onions, herbs and rice. Chopped tomatoes and mushrooms on wholemeal toast makes a healthy and filling breakfast or snack. As long as you don't fry them, mushrooms are really healthy food.
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      • #4
        I have wondered about the nutritional value of mushrooms, so this was interesting to read. I love mushrooms, especially in stir-fry and salads. With the health benefits you mentioned, I think I need to look more into various types of mushrooms. Did it happen to mention if all of these types of mushrooms can be found in North America? I have heard about people gathering wild mushrooms, but I have always been scared to do this myself.

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        • #5
          I love mushrooms too. Italian food is my favorite and mushrooms go very well in a red sauce. I have always wondered if the were vegetables with lots of health benefits. Now I know. Thanks for this post.
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          • #6
            Pat, thank you for sharing this information. I love mushrooms and I try to incorporate it into most of my meals. It tastes great and the kids love it. I was not aware it had so many amazing health benefits.

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            • #7
              I didn't know about the health benefits, but I do know I love mushrooms. I guess this gives me the satisfaction that continuing to eat them will be good for me. Thanks for the share.

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              • #8
                Where I used to live in the countryside before, we pick our own mushrooms. After a night's rain, we would go into the forest to look for the mushrooms. They grow on fallen tree trunks. Their shape is like little fans, a bit smaller than a one-cent coin. It's normally cooked as a substitute for meat. Actually they do taste a bit like meat. I wonder what health benefits they have.
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                • #9
                  I love mushrooms. I eat them whenever I can, but I didn't know of the health benifits of them. Thank you for the information it makes me feel better about eating them all the time. There a good topper on whatever you are eating, I eat them with my salads, on sandwhiches, with my speggetti and on my chicken or whatever meat I may be useing.

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                  • #10
                    I love mushrooms too, and that was before I knew about these facts (which I already somewhat knew before reading this post, there were some I didn't know). Also, I read that a long time ago, people used to think mushrooms gave you immortality. I can't exactly remember if this is for a certain specific type of mushroom or for all types of mushrooms though.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the great information! I love mushrooms but I was never curious to learn about their benefits. I know what I'm cooking today, thanks!

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                      • #12
                        Wonderful points! I've now known the benefits of mushrooms which I wasn't a fan of. 'Wasn't ' since that has now changed as I'm going to start looking for these fungi and enjoy them. Thanks for this appetite boosting post!
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                        • #13
                          Thanks for posting all this information. I knew there were benefits from eating mushrooms but I didn't know what they were. I never looked them up because I hated them so much it was one thing I could never eat. That is until 3 days ago! My sister cooked some for me and I didn't want to try them. She was so excited by her cooking though that I couldn't say no. It wasn't bad at first taste, but it was just so-so. I tried another one and then was hooked. I really like them the way she cooked them. Maybe my tastes have changed too? I don't know but I'm ready to have them again!
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                          • #14
                            Thanks for sharing! I didn't know that mushrooms had these great qualities. Hell, I didn't even know that there are so many different types :-)
                            Now I need to add more mushrooms to my diet.

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                            • #15
                              I eat mushrooms daily, most the white button types or portabella, which don't appear to be listed here. I never knew they were so healthy for you and had so many benefits to prevent disease and disorders. I just thought they taste great.

                              I think I'll have to expand the range of types of mushrooms I eat to include some others.

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