Little Known Health Benefits Mushrooms Give


Do you like mushrooms. Do you know how good those little light brown vegetables are for you. What benefits do you actually get from eating mushrooms?

Here are some of the little know health benefits that eating mushrooms can give your body. Below are some excerpts from an interesting article originally posted on healwithfood.org.

Strong Anti-Cancer Properties

Edible mushrooms can make a great addition to an anti-cancer diet as they contain significant amounts of selenium. one cup of shiitake mushrooms, for example, provides more than half of the recommended daily intake for selenium. Dietary selenium is believed to prevent cancer in two ways: First, this micro-mineral is an important constituent of glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that helps protect your body's cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Second, selenium may help prevent tumor growth by strengthening the immune system and by inhibiting the development of blood vessels to tumors.

Stress Relief from Mushrooms

One of the lesser known health benefits of eating mushrooms is the ability of mushrooms to provide significant amounts of B vitamins. White button mushrooms and crimini mushrooms, for instance, are supercharged with riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (B3) and pantothenic acid (B5). B vitamins work together and are involved in many bodily functions, including brain and nervous system function. Signs of B vitamin deficiency include unusual stress, anxiety, insecurity, irritability and difficulty concentrating.

Weight Loss Benefits

In addition to playing an important role in brain and nervous system function, B vitamins are involved in energy metabolism and are essential for normal thyroid function. They help convert dietary fat, protein and carbohydrates into energy, which is why the best fat loss diets encourage dieters to eat plenty of foods that are naturally rich in B vitamins. In addition, vitamin B6 – which is abundant in shiitake mushrooms – promotes the absorption of zinc, another important weight loss nutrient.

Source: www.healwithfood.org

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