mushroomMushrooms, though classified as vegetables in the food world, are not technically plants.

Here are some health benefits of consuming mushrooms:

Cancer

Mushrooms contain high antioxidant capacity and therefore plays a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body.

The vitamin D in mushrooms has also been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells by contributing to the regulation of the cell growth cycle.

Diabetes

Studies have shown that those with type 1 diabetes who consume high-fibre diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels.

One cup of grilled portabella mushrooms and one cup of stir-fried mushrooms both provide about 3 grams of fibre.

Heart health

The fibre, potassium and vitamin C content in mushrooms all contribute to cardiovascular health. Potassium and sodium work together in the body to help regulate blood pressure.

Consuming mushrooms, which are high in potassium and low in sodium helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

Immunity

Mushroom contains selenium which has been found to improve immune response to infection by stimulating production of killer T-cells.

The beta-glucan fibres found in the cell walls of mushrooms stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells and prevent tumours from forming.

Weight management Dietary fibre plays an important role in weight management by functioning as a “bulking agent” in the digestive system.

 

Mushrooms contain two types of dietary fibres in their cell walls: beta-glucans and chitin which increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller longer and thereby lowering your overall calorie intake.

Credit: medicalnewstoday.com

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