11 key benefits why you should consume more mushrooms this season.

The transition between the dry and the rainy seasons is characterized by the up-spring of mushrooms which are a delicacy in most communities. Despite being a popular delicacy in most communities, the health and nutritional benefits are not that popular. Let’s take this time out to meducate ourselves of the health and nutritional benefits of mushrooms.
There are various types of mushrooms and unfortunately some are poisonous. So to be on the safe side, I would suggest you go to the market. If you are in Bamenda, Total Nkwen would be a favorite destination.
1.              Ergothioneinine is a naturally occurring antioxidant that protects the body's cells against oxidative stress which may slow down the aging process. Mushrooms are the richest source of erogthioneinine. So in the bid to physically cheat nature of your appearance, increased consumption of mushrooms would be way to stay “forever young”. Looking at Pharrell Williams, I am sure he has high levels of erogthioneinine.
2.              Mushrooms are good sources of some B vitamins like Riboflavin or Vitamin B2, Pantothenic acid or Vitamin B5, and Niacin or Vitamin B3. These B vitamins play an essential role in the nervous system and provide energy by breaking down carbohydrate, fat, and protein.
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3.              Mushrooms are also a good source of some important minerals like selenium, potassium, and copper.
·  Selenium, an antioxidant, can keep the body’s cells healthy and prevent heart disease and cancer. Selenium also promotes a strong immune system and fertility in men. Mushrooms are the richest vegetable source of selenium. This is especially good news for vegetarians since selenium is often found in animal foods.
·   Copper keeps our bones and nerves healthy. Moreover, copper helps make red blood cells which carry oxygen throughout the body.
·   Potassium helps control blood pressure since it helps maintain normal fluid and mineral balance. It also helps the nerves, the heart, and other muscles function normally.

4.              Mushrooms are one of the very few foods which contain Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for strong and healthy bones since it helps us absorb the calcium from our diet. Deficiencies in vitamin D can lead to soft, thin, and brittle bones; a condition called osteomalacia in adults and rickets in children.
5.              Mushrooms are lower in calories and fat and are a great substitute for red meat. In addition, they are very filling due to their meaty and fulfilling nature. Consumption of mushrooms instead of red meat would lead to weight loss, lower waist circumference and lower blood pressure.
6.              They have special bioactive compounds called Beta-Glucans that have been known to exhibit anti-tumor (anti-cancer) activity. Making it a suitable drug candidate against various forms of cancer
7.              Due to low starch content and low cholesterol, they suit diabetic patients and patients with heart conditions.
8.              Mushrooms as functional foods are used as nutrient supplements to enhance immunity in the form of tablets. Probably due to the high Selenium content.
9.              Anti-microbial effects of a large number of mushroom varieties and mushroom components on both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria have been confirmed via in vitro studies. A small number of studies in animals have been undertaken and the data suggest that the anti-microbial effects in vivo may be mediated by effects of the immune system.

10.         Mushrooms are very helpful to people suffering of constipation. This is probably due to their high fiber content.
11.         Mushrooms have hypoglycemic effect making it a suitable meal for diabetic individuals. Their hypoglycemic effects lower blood sugar levels.
So I guess with these 11 foolproof benefits of consuming more mushrooms starting today, would go a long way to enable us live healthier lives. For a healthy life is a happy life.

And remeber, if you have any health concerns do not hesitate to reach out to Dtor SEA
Dr. Susan Enjema Aweh a.k.a Dtor SEA

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