I had mushroom today for lunch. They are not my favorite but I love to draw them when i was a kid. Since, I am worst at drawing, it was too easy for me to draw a thick stem and the moulded top. And I love colouring them giving red spots all over.
Neither did i know that I was drawing the Amanita Muscaria, the most recognised and slightly poisonous and mostly known for its hallucinogenic properties.
This mushroom was seen by me in the movie “Alice in Wonderland” where she suddenly grows. Ancient tribes and civilizations used this hallogenic fungi to enter the spiritual world.
Do you know that long before trees overtook the land, Earth was covered by giant mushrooms. How magical and dreamy our mother Earth has been?
In a 2004 study, a Chinese women who had taken mushrooms and green tea had reduced the risk of breast cancer by nearly 90%!
Having doubts? Today, I am going to reveal the alluring benefits of these living organisms which suddenly pop out from the earth!
Traditional Chinese medicine have utilized the benefits of mushrooms for centuries. Modern studies suggest mushroom can be used as antibacterial agents,anti inflammatory agents and antioxidants.
This superfood are becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility and amazing health benefits.
1. Types Of Edible Mushrooms
- Button(white) mushrooms
- Chanterelle ( girolle) mushrooms
- Cremini (Italian brown ) mushrooms.
- Shitake ( Forest or oak) mushrooms
- Oyster mushrooms
- Enoki ( snow puff) mushrooms
- Portabella mushrooms
- Porcini mushrooms
- Morel mushrooms
2. Nutritional Value Of Mushrooms
Low in calories and fat and cholesterol free, mushrooms contain a modest amount of fibre, an a dozen of vitamins and minerals including copper, potassium magnesium, zinc and B vitamins.
They are high in antioxidants like selenium and glutathione. Studies suggest that mushrooms are richest sources of ergothioneine which is also present in red beans and liver. They protects the cells against cell damage and reduce chronic disease and inflammation.
Health Benefits Of Mushrooms.
1. The Only Vegetable Source Of Vitamin D!
They are a very good source of vitamin D. They treat acne when topically applied. Mushroom extracts are often used in skincare products to treat acne.
2. Increase The Skin Tone Of The Body
Some varieties of mushrooms contains kojic acid which inhibits the production of melanin on our body. They help in exfoliating the dead cells and lighten the skin cells. This is a great alternative to hydroquinone which is having the risk of developing skin cancer.
3. Boosts Up The Communication Within The Brain
When you intake psilocybin mushrooms your brain stops communicating normally and communication starts occuring between brain regions that don’t normally talk together.
4. Improve Digestion With Mushroom
Mushrooms are gut friendly and have prebiotic properties which help in nourising the hood bacteria in our gut.
5. Cancer-Fighting Properties
Numerous studies have shown that mushrooms help fight breast cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, uterine cervix cancer, gastric and pancreatic cancer.
6. Good Source Of Beta – Glucon
Beta glucon is a form of soluble dietery fiber that has been strongly linked to cholesterol levels and improving heart health.
They also regulate your blood sugar, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Oyster and shitake mushrooms have the best beta glucan properties.
7. Good Source Of Potassium
Potassium is an important electrolyte for heart, nerve and muscle function. 2/3 cup of portabella mushroom have potassium more than a medium sized banana.
8. To Maintain A Healthy Heart
Researchers have found that mushrooms have therapeutic properties to lower cholesterol particularly in obese adults.
The phytonutrients present in mushrooms help prevent cells from sticking to blood vessel walls and forming plague buildup.This inturn protects the heart by keeping the blood vessels healthy and maintain a good blood pressure.
9. Manage Stress
According to 2011 study from herbal medicine clinical and biomolecular aspects, reishi mushrooms can help to treat insomnia.
10.Boosts The Immune System
American society for nutrition have done mice study which proves that white button mushrooms promote immune function by increasing the production of antiviral properties.
A later study have proved that this mushroom has promote the maturation of immune system cells which are called as dendritic cells.
How To Buy Mushrooms?
- Look for firm and white mushroom without any discoloration.
- The whiter mushroom, the fresher it would be.
- On the other side of mushroom the gills should be tight. Gills will spread open as mushroom age. So buy close ones.
- Choose mushrooms are free from spots and decay.