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Mushrooms- the humble “Superfood”

Whether eaten on a toast or combined with pasta, mushrooms are famous for the amazing flavour and appeal that they add to various cuisines and dishes. Along with their sumptuous taste , mushrooms are a powerhouse of nutrients. Here are some amazing health benefits that this robust superfood can offer:

  • Rich protein source- The oyster and shiitake mushrooms are a high biological value proteins as they contain all 8 essential amino acid. The German nutrition program- Metabolic Balance® recommends these mushrooms as a healthy protein option providing good satiety for people keen to manage weight, especially for vegetarians, vegans and those with lactose intolerance.

  • High in nutrients- These mushrooms are rich in thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, iron and magnesium. Mushrooms are one of the few foods rich in vitamin D especially when exposed to Sunlight.

  • May Lower cholesterol- Oyster mushrooms have a cholesterol-lowering effect as they contain lovastatin, a chemical used in medicinal drugs prescribed for lowering blood cholesterol levels.

  • May aid in Blood pressure management- Oyster mushrooms are a rich source of potassium. Increased dietary intake of potassium rich foods has been linked to blood pressure management in hypertensives.

  • Alleviate inflammation- Terpenoids found in oyster mushrooms kill bacteria and viruses, producing an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. With all of their nutritional content, the oyster mushrooms can also help cure varied nutrition deficiencies, ulcers, liver problems etc.These vitamins can also help fight Cancer cells and infectious diseases, boost the immune system and promote brain function.

  • Optimize Digestion- Dietary fiber present in these mushrooms may heal the digestive tract and aid in better digestion by promoting the growth of gut healthy bacteria.

  • Weight management- Oyster Mushrooms are low in sodium, and very low in saturated fat and cholesterol making them an ideal food option for those wanting to shed off those pounds. They contain as essential fatty acid called linoleic acid which helps to promote weight loss. Shiitake mushrooms are high in vitamin B and vitamin D, intake of both these nutrients may promote weight loss.

  • Packed with antioxidants- Antioxidants found in these medicinal mushrooms fight free radicals and prevent day to day damage occurring to our cells and tissues. They are great in fighting cancer.

  • Boost energy and Brain function- Shiitake mushrooms are great source of B vitamins which help and support adrenal function and turn nutrients from blood into useable energy. They also help to balance hormones naturally.

  • Natural Diuretic- Eating mushrooms can help you tackle bloating and the groggy feeling that comes along with giving you that much desired flat tummy. Along with these benefits , they can also up your energy levels and tackle symptoms of tiredness and lethargy.

  • Promote skin and hair health- Shiitake mushrooms are full of selenium and Biotin which can boost skin and hair health. Selenium can help reduce the severity of acne and scarring occuring afterwards.

Farah
Written by : Ms Farah Arfeen Nutritionist & Metabolic Balance coach, AktivHealth
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