Mushrooms, in all its loveliness, has been used in many different ways. You can see them mostly in Asian cuisine, or used as dyes for textiles. But the most controversial yet is its ability to treat and prevent certain diseases. Here are some of what mushrooms can do for your body.
Here are the medicinal uses of mushrooms:
- Antibacterial and Antiviral
Mushrooms were discovered to have antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help your body ward off infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, Influenza, Polio, HIV and more.
- Improves Immunity
Mushrooms are known to boost immunity because of their ability to promote maturity of dendritic cells (which are immune system cells produced in the bone marrow), keeping you away from harmful bacteria and viruses that lurk just around the corner.
- Supplies Vitamin D
They are called “sunshine”mushrooms because it’s the only known plant source that has this kind of vitamin that is normally produced by the body when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D keeps you from getting osteoporosis, bone pain, some skin problems like vitiligo and rickets when consuming this wonderful fungi.
It is high in antioxidants to further improve your immune system function and is observed to retard the growth of tumors in certain cancer types. Mushrooms also prevent recurrence of cancer cell growth and is advised to be taken by cancer patients for maintenance of health and well-being
- Aids in weight loss
Mushrooms are rich in fiber so it makes you feel sated longer resulting in a low-calorie diet. It also reduces appetite so binge eating is not an option.
- Keeps the heart healthy
Mushrooms are naturally rich in potassium and low in sodium. These two go hand in hand in maintaining a healthy blood pressure thus, lowering your risks for cardiovascular diseases.
Not all mushrooms are safe, some are poisonous and others can be deadly that could lead to more harm than good. So, do your research and get a mushroom expert who knows a great deal about it before you eat it. To get the maximum benefits it can give, you have to know your mushrooms first, the proper way to prepare and cook it to avoid major mishaps.
These medicinal fungi comprises only a part of your daily diet. A variety of healthy options are still out there waiting for you. Remember that a healthy, balanced meal is your road to a sound mind and body.