The Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Today I wanted to share with you the health benefits of mushrooms.  Mushrooms are something I wasn’t exposed to as a child because my parents don’t like them.  As an adult I discovered them, and I love them.

I love mushrooms in salads, pasta sauce, IMG_20140330_134909_046on pizza and sauteed in a little olive oil and put on a turkey burger with some sauteed onions.  Mushrooms are yummy, in my opinion.  My mom would disagree.  🙂

There are many varieties of mushrooms out on the market.  The ones I eat the most often are portabella mushrooms, but I’ve had other varieties and like them too.

Thanks goes to the website mushroominfo.com for the information below.  As always it’s much appreciated.

1.  Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. B vitamins also play an important role in the nervous system.

2.  Mushrooms contain pantothenic acid, which helps with the production of hormones and also plays an important role in the nervous system.

3.  Mushrooms contain riboflavin, which helps maintain healthy red blood cells.

4.  Mushrooms contain niacin, which promotes healthy skin and makes sure the digestive and nervous systems function properly.

5.  Mushrooms contain selenium, which is a mineral that works as an antioxidant to protect body cells from damage that might lead to heart disease, some cancers and other diseases of aging.  It also has been found to be important for the immune system and fertility in men.  Many foods of animal origin and grains are good sources of selenium, but mushrooms are among the richest sources of selenium in the produce aisle and provide 8-22 micrograms per serving.  This is good news for vegetarians, whose sources of selenium are limited.

6.  Mushroom contain ergothioneine, which is a naturally occurring antioxidant that also may help protect the body’s cells.  Mushrooms provide 2.8-4.9 mg of ergothioneine per serving of white, portabella or crimini mushrooms.

7.  Mushrooms contain copper.  Copper helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.  Copper also helps keep bones and nerves healthy.

8.  Mushrooms contain potassium.  Potassium aids in the maintenance of normal fluid and mineral balance, which helps control blood pressure.  It also plays a role in making sure nerves and muscles, including the heart, function properly.  Mushrooms have 98-376 mg of potassium per 84 gram serving, which is 3-11 percent of the Daily Value.

As you can see mushrooms have many health benefits.  I would encourage you to pick some up the next time you’re at the grocery store.

Below are some recipes containing mushrooms.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Stuffed Mushrooms with Breadcrumbs and Cheese

Mushroom Turkey Burgers

Mushroom and Chicken Fajita Wraps

Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms

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