Mushrooms for Healthy Living

Mushrooms are fungi. They are not only regarded as health food, they are used for medicinal purposes too. There are almost 3000 varieties of edible mushroom and about 700 varieties have medicinal properties. Modern people are fond of mushroom not only for their taste but also for their nutritional value.  Fresh mushroom has folate, iron, potassium, sodium, niacin, magnesium, vitamins, and many more things that are necessary to remain healthy.

It is believed that mushroom can fight cancer. There is plenty of selenium in the mushroom. It is an antioxidant that accompanied with vitamin E protects cells from damaging free radicals. Research shows that white button mushroom reduce the risk of breast and prostrate cancer. It also helps to prevent tumor formation.

In mushroom water content is very high (80-90%) and calorie count is very low. This makes it a favorite food for obese people. Mushroom also has very low quantity of carbohydrate and fat and it is a highly fibrous food. For this reason mush room is regarded as an ideal food for those who are willing to loose their weight.

Mushroom is rich in copper, a mineral that has cardio-protective properties. A single serving of mushroom daily prevents cardio vascular related problems.

Mushroom provides potassium that not only keeps your brain alert, but also keeps your blood pressure level low, lowers the risk of heart attack and lowers hypertension. Mushroom has lean protein with zero cholesterol, very low fats and carbohydrates. On the other hand, lean protein helps to burn cholesterol at the time of digestion.

Mushroom contains natural insulin and enzyme which helps to break down sugar and starch. Thus, without adding fat, cholesterol and other unwanted things mushroom proves to be an ideal food for the diabetic patients.

Mushroom contains certain compound which helps pancreas and other endocrinal glands to work properly. Thus it promotes the formation of insulin and its proper flow. Diabetes patients some times take a very long time to heal up their wound, the natural antibiotics in mushroom helps to cure wound quickly. Moreover, it increases our immunity. It is natural food that supplies vitamin D that is necessary for the absorption of calcium in the body. Calcium has great impact over our bone structure.