Mushrooms are one of the world’s best superfoods! Not only do they contain important vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, riboflavin and potassium, they are chock full of immunity boosting antioxidants like ergothioneine and selenium, which work hard to keep you healthy.
Mushrooms have A LOT going for them, but here are the highlights:
Fresh mushrooms contain not one, but two powerful antioxidants: ergothioneine and selenium! Ergothioneine keeps your immune system in tip-top-shape while selenium helps your body make special proteins that play a role in preventing cell damage. In fact, fresh mushrooms contain more selenium than any other fruit or vegetable!
We all know why having enough fibre in your diet is important! Lucky for you, fresh mushrooms offer both soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps to maintain good bowel health.
You’d never guess the humble mushroom is a powerful cancer-fighting food! Studies have shown that fresh mushrooms (and mushroom extracts) may have powerful anti-tumour activity, for both breast and prostate cancer, due to nutrients such as beta-glucans and conjugated linoleic acid.
What is grown in the dark but can contain up to 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin D? Mushrooms! That’s right, mushrooms are one of the only vegetable sources of the sunshine vitamin.
Building and maintaining a strong immune system is important as it protects you from viruses and bacteria. Mushrooms have been a food that has long been regarded for its immunity-boosting effects. And new research suggests certain mushroom extracts (including simple white button mushrooms), may have a positive effect on the immune system.
Mushrooms are naturally free of gluten, sodium and cholesterol, and are also a source of some very important nutrients. If you’re looking for the perfect gluten free partner, mushrooms are it!