Not a vegetable not a fruit but actually from a family of fungus! Out of all the thousands of species of mushrooms found in the world, there are only a handful under 10 species that are commercial and edible. The most common edible mushrooms available in the United Kingdom, USA and Europe are the white button mushrooms.
Known as the plant of immortality during the Egyptian ancient times, mushrooms were solely reserved for royalty. The Pharaohs had this belief that mushrooms makes one ageless so commoners were banned from ever eating mushrooms let alone touch them. In the Roman Empire, mushrooms were reserved for high ranking warriors who were preparing for wars. The most famous belief was the super-strength warriors attained from eating mushrooms.
As delicious mushrooms are, they have never been popular with young children. I remember as a young girl picking out the mushrooms from my meals when no one was looking at the dinner table but as I grew older I started enjoying mushroom soups with salads for lunches. Unbelievably understated, the mushrooms can be eaten as part of all meals including breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Incredibly delicious and packed insanely with super health benefits that qualifies mushrooms a place on the table of super foods.
The Benefits of Edible Mushrooms:
Rich In Vitamins:
Vitamins are essential for many bodily functions and mushrooms are extremely rich in vitamin D and B vitamins.
Vitamin D – This is the sunshine vitamin has been on the media spotlight recently with many health experts saying that vitamin D is a shortfall nutrient and recommended vitamin D supplements to be taken daily. Supplements are effective but nothing beats getting your recommended daily need from natural foods like mushrooms.
B Vitamins – Thiamin, (B1) & Niacin, (B3) – Promotes the healthy function of the brain and nervous systems by controlling the release of energy carbohydrates, fat and protein from the digestive system.
Riboflavin, (B2) – An essential vitamin that promotes healthy skin, good vision and keeps the blood cells healthy.
Cancers develop from the rapid multiplication of harmful body cells that develop into tumours. There have been several studies that shows the medicinal properties of is a significant amount of Beta-Glucans in mushrooms and they are known to slow down or inhibit the growth of cancerous cells in breast and prostate cancers. Also, there is also a high content of conjugated Linoleic Acid which have anti-carcinogenic effects.
Immune System Booster:
Colds and flus viruses are the most common ailments that usually takes weeks to shake off. Including mushrooms regularly in a diet will boost the immune system that makes colds and flu easier to manage.
Enhances Weight Loss:
Mushrooms are low in calories, fat free, low in sodium and high in fibre. These qualities makes it suitable as part of a weight loss programme.
Reduces High a Blood Pressure:
Potassium, calcium, magnesium and amino acids are among the minerals present in mushrooms. Potassium relaxes the tension in blood vessels thereby reducing blood pressure and consequently reducing the possibilities of having heart attacks or strokes. Medical research also have shown potassium enhances the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain which in turn stimulates neural activity.
In all circumstances refer to your health practitioner for advice for all ailments and illnesses. It is also recommended to seek advice of a dietician if you have allergies to determine accurate recommended daily intake of mushrooms that works for you.