Not only are they cute, tasty and very groovy, mushrooms have loads of health benefits.
🍄 Mushrooms as Cancer Fighters
Eating just 2 medium mushrooms per day can lower your risk of cancer by as much as 45%! Let's celebrate over a plate of fungi misti!
🍄 Healthy Gut
Prebiotics, such as mushrooms, are known to stimulate the growth of healthy gut bacteria. The microbiome in your gut is home to organisms and bacteria that play a large role in your health and mood.
🍄 Healthy Brain
This "good" bacteria from the fiber in Mushrooms not only promotes gut health but the bacteria are also known to make neurotransmitters that also promote mood stability, concentration and mental well-being by sending messages between nerves. This is why you're starting to see Lion's Mane added to all sorts of beverages, especially coffee. We've tried it and we're loving the benefits.
🍄 Healthy Teeth and Bones
Mushrooms are the only type of produce that contain vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Our bones and teeth say yay! Healthy vitamin D levels may also help prevent dementia and Type 2 diabetes. White button, portabella and cremini mushrooms provide the most vitamin D after exposure to UV light or sunlight. To get the recommended daily amount, slice three mushrooms (or one portabella), expose them to sunlight for at least 15 minutes and enjoy. Eating a little more than one cup of maitake mushrooms achieves the same goal without the need for sun exposure.
🍄 Healthy Skin, Hair and Heart
Folates, also known as vitamins B2, B3, B5 and B9, are essential for cell formation and growth. Think hair, skin, nails, brain and heart. Mushrooms are an excellent source of folates.
Mushrooms are one of the best sources of selenium, which helps our bodies make antioxidants that can reduce cell damage. Portabella and cremini mushrooms offer the most selenium benefit.
🍄 Sodium Reducers
Who doesn’t love sinking their teeth into a satisfying salty umami bite? But we all know too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. Mushrooms have a distinctive culinary quality that brings out umami flavors without all the salt, thus lowering sodium intake. A study from the Culinary Institute of America and UC Davis shows that swapping half of the meat for mushrooms in a traditional ground beef recipe can maintain flavor while reducing sodium intake by 25%.
🍄 Fat and Cholesterol Reducer
Substituting mushrooms for red meat also minimizes calories, fat and cholesterol. Shiitake mushrooms, especially, are known to help keep cholesterol levels low.
Our Shroomy Pearl Snap Shirt is a personal ode to these groovy delights. We treasure the earth and its inhabitants, and wish for both to stay healthy and happy.
Do you know of other benefits from mushrooms? If so, please share in the comments. 🍄 Favorite mushroom recipes also strongly encouraged!