Based on my experience, mushrooms have lots of benefits which can improve your health. I was inspired to write this blog/article after having positive results in drinking a brand of herbal coffee which is mixed with mushroom. Although there are many kinds of mushrooms, they have common composition that provides health benefits.
I had breathing difficulty and heart palpitation before trying this mushroom herbal remedy. I know that there are other herbal alternatives but coffee mixed with (dried) mushrooms could be the cheapest. After almost a month, I felt that my body was somewhat improving after drinking only one or two cups of coffee a day. You can imagine that if there is only a little amount of mushroom in this coffee mix, then the effect is greater if you will consume a large amount.
Consuming this herbal remedy will eventually cure your body from any sickness. And that really happened to me. So what could be the reason why mushrooms have healing power? My father, who recommended this remedy explained:
“Mushrooms, specifically ganoderma, are high in anti-oxidants that can prevent cancer cells by repairing body cells and replacing old cells. There is one doctor here who suffered stage-4 cancer who knew that he was hopeless based on his medical studies. To his amazement, he was cured by this type of mushroom even though it is in powdered form. This phenomena triggered more the popularity of this herbal alternative.”
Based on this result, we can conclude that if mushrooms can cure cancer, then it can cure any disease.
Let us try to find out if there is any correlating evidence regarding the amazing benefits of mushrooms. I have compiled this information below from the leading experts and put them together to make it easier for you to absorb. Here is the list:
Top Five Benefits of Mushrooms
1. Weight Management
Instead of red meat, you can substitute one cup of mushroom per day to enhance weight loss.
From a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health indicates increasing intake of mushrooms in place of high energy density foods like lean ground beef, can be an effective method for reducing daily energy and fat intake. Participants following the mushroom-rich diet lost seven pounds, and showed improvements in body composition.
Another recent study conducted by University of California and the Culinary Institute of America found that substituting mushrooms to the mix helped lower calorie, saturated fat and sodium intake.
2. Improved Nutrition
Mushrooms are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals which are necessary to get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical which can harm a person’s body cells.
Mushrooms contain Selenium, a mineral which plays a vital role in liver enzyme function, and helps to detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. It also prevents inflammation and also decreases tumor growth rates.
Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables but can be found in mushrooms. It plays a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium prevents inflammation and also decreases tumor growth rates.
Mushrooms contain vitamin D. It has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells by contributing to the regulation of the cell growth cycle.
Mushrooms are the only vegan source of vitamin D. Vegans eat mushrooms as an alternative source of vitamin D. Other minerals that may be difficult to obtain in a vegan diet such as selenium, potassium, copper, iron, and phosphorus, are available in mushrooms.
Mushrooms contain folate. It plays an important role in DNA synthesis and repair, thus preventing formation of cancer cells from mutation.
Mushrooms contain fiber, Potassium, and Vitamin C that contribute to cardiovascular health. Consuming mushrooms helps to regulate blood pressure and decrease the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Some kinds of mushrooms contain beta-glucans. An intake of three grams of beta-glucans per day can lower blood cholesterol levels. The stem of the shiitake mushrooms is a particularly good source of beta-glucans.
Beta-glucans are a type of fiber that is found in the cell walls of many types of mushrooms. This fiber has been the subject of extensive research studies that suggest they might improve insulin resistance and blood cholesterol levels.
Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin B which helps the body to get energy from food, and helps to form red blood cells. A number of B vitamins also appear to be important for a healthy brain. This vitamin is also important for pregnant women to boost fetal health.
Mushrooms also contain choline, an important nutrient that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Choline assists in maintaining the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, supports proper fat absorption and reduces chronic inflammation.
3. Decreased Risk Of Cancer
As stated above, mushrooms contain antioxidants which helps your body fight off free radicals to reduce the risk of cancer.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia in Perth conducted a study of 2,000 Chinese women. (About half had suffered from breast cancer.)
The scientists came to a startling finding about mushroom’s after reviewing the women’s eating habits. Those who consumed at least a third of an ounce of fresh mushrooms every day were 64% less likely to develop cancer.
Women who combined eating fresh (not dried) mushrooms with regular consumption of green tea saw an even greater benefit. They reduced the risk of breast cancer by 89%.
Mushrooms inhibit an enzyme called aromatase which produces estrogen. This can protect against breast and other hormone-related cancers.Mushrooms also contain specialized lectins that recognize cancer cells, and have been found to prevent cancer cells from growing and dividing.
4. Increasing Vitamin D Levels Through Diet.
Dried mushrooms can provide as much as vitamin D as supplements. It transform UV light into vitamin D.
The nutrient is essential for the immune system, strong healthy bones and teeth and the absorption of calcium.
In the study, 30 adults were given a daily capsule for 12 weeks containing either 2,000 units of vitamin D, or sun-exposed mushroom powder with high-levels of the nutrient., There was no significant difference in the participants’ vitamin D levels.
5. Improved Immune System Function
A new study in University of Florida shows increased immunity in people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks. Shiitake mushrooms are native to Asia and are cultivated for their culinary and medicinal value.
In 2011, Human Nutrition Professor sue Percival concluded that eating 4-ounce serving mushrooms each day can increase better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and can decrease inflammatory proteins.
Here is a short video summary of the top five health benefits of mushroom:
source video: YouTube
We can conclude that mushrooms have real health benefits based on the studies and experiments by the leading experts. You can try to include it in your diet if you can buy it fresh, or you can try any herbal coffee mixed with mushroom just like what I did.