Mushrooms are a food that provides the body with essential nutrients, including: minerals, vitamins, proteins and fibers; The helpers to raise the level of vitality and maintain a healthy weight. They are very low in calories and high in protein, making them an excellent choice for weight control. Mushrooms also contain antioxidants such as selenium and ergothionene, which contribute to reducing the level of inflammation in the body. One serving of cooked mushrooms can provide up to a third of the daily recommended amount of copper – an essential mineral needed to maintain bone health. They also contain vitamin D, which helps the calcium absorption process, and B vitamins, including folic acid, which is essential especially for pregnant women. It is worth noting some prominent components in which the mushrooms excel:
- Flauren: A component called polysaccharide from the beta glucan family that increases the body’s resistance against infections and inflammation. Leflurane has a proven activity against intestinal inflammation for example. It affects the immune system, increases the amount of lymphocytes in the blood and thus protects against allergies.
- Chlorogenic acid: This acid inhibits the absorption of sugar from the intestine into the blood and the conversion of glycogen in the liver to sugar. Through these mechanisms, it lowers the blood sugar level and thus treats the metabolic syndrome.
- Gallic acid: It is an antioxidant that strengthens the walls of blood vessels, which also helps prevent varicose veins and hemorrhoids and helps lower blood sugar levels, which also helps prevent diabetes damage to blood vessels and body organs. This acid also helps neutralize toxins in the liver and the body in general.
- monoaculin K: an acid unique to forest mushrooms, which is actually the substance from which Lobastatin, which is used to lower cholesterol from the statin family, is produced. Unlike drugs, the fungus does the same action without harming the production of coenzyme 10Q and in simple words – this is how it actually prevents the side effects caused by taking drugs.
- Anti-cancer properties: The level of vitality and the antioxidant capacity of the mushrooms gives them an “anti-cancer” ability, which helps them reduce the risk of different types of cancer: colon, lung, prostate and breast cancer.
- Dietary fiber: Mushrooms are rich in dietary fiber, therefore they prevent constipation and help the proper functioning of the digestive system.
It is important to clarify that alongside edible mushrooms, such as champignon, portobello or porcini; There are 3 other types of mushrooms: medicinal, magic (mind-altering) mushrooms, and poisonous mushrooms. Therefore, it is useful to know them well and it is important to use a mushroom definer. If you are not sure – you should avoid consuming them.
bottom line, Mushrooms are a kingdom that ranges from species that can kill those who eat them, to those that can cure diseases in a natural and effective way. It is recommended to consume edible mushrooms as part of the daily menu. Their regular consumption strengthens the body, increases the level of vitality and strengthens the ability to deal with the development of diseases.The author is Dr. Nader Bhutto, a cardiologist, researcher and developer of the unifying integrative medicine system, who will also speak at the “Healthy Eating” conference that will be held on November 24-25 at the Givatayim Theater.