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Nutritional benefits of mushrooms

We already know that mushrooms are a delicacy, be it as a simple side dish or as a main course. Mushrooms are not only flavorful, but are also packed with nutrients which can significantly improve your well being.

Vitamins and minerals

Mushrooms are rich in vitamins B and D, minerals such as selenium and magnesium and other compounds such as choline and beta glucans. Most varieties have similar quantities of nutrients, but certain mushrooms contain specific compounds and are used to support different body systems.

Medicinal mushrooms are thought to have specific healing properties

There is some evidence that Lion’s mane mushroom may be beneficial in prevention, management and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s

Reishi mushroom spores are used for treating variety of diseases in traditional Chinese medicine - from a simple inflammation to cancer treatment. That is because they are packed with beta glucans which are the most nutritional component of the mushroom. By increasing chemicals that prevent infections, they are beneficial for the immune system. 

Beta glucans also act as a prebiotic by supporting growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Healthy gut plays an important role in maintaining immunity and food digestion.

Sun dried Shiitake mushrooms are known for their high amounts of vitamin D in the gills. Vitamin D regulates many cellular functions, bone and muscle growth and helps with calcium absorption.

Eating mushrooms can also help with maintaining healthy body weight 

If your goal is weight loss, you should start incorporating mushrooms into a balanced diet. Mushrooms are low energy density food which make a perfect hearty meal with only 37 calories per 100g.

Outdoor mushrooms have more benefits to offer 

When deciding which mushroom type is best for you, keep in mind that outdoor grown mushrooms have a higher amount of nutritive value. Also choose mushrooms which taste best to you, so you get the maximum eating experience with the included health benefits.

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