The mushrooms are the result of the growth of a fungus, minus chlorophyll. These are living beings, which cannot be categorized as either plants or animals. A traditional delicacy in Japan, Korea and China, mushrooms are prized both for their flavor and health benefits. They have been grown in the mountainous regions of Asia for more than a thousand years using traditional techniques. During the fall, mushrooms start appearing between the leaves falling from trees, and are fresh and soft to the touch.

Especially noted for their richness in proteins of high biological value, and a significant proportion of minerals such as phosphorus, iron and potassium. Mushrooms are low in sodium and contain about 80 to 90 percent water, and are very low in calories. Mushrooms are among the many foods that could have an important role in maintaining immune system health. The studies conducted on animal models and cell cultures have shown that white button mushrooms increased the activity of essential cells in the immune system. They also found, mushrooms had an excellent source of trace elements, highlighting the chlorine, boron, sulphur, manganese, zinc, selenium, and copper. One serving of mushrooms also provides about 20 to 40 percent of the daily value of copper, a mineral that has cardiovascular protective properties. Selenium is an antioxidant that works with vitamin E to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals in your blood. Selenium has been found to cut the risk of prostate cancer by 65%.

They are highly nutritious and a great option for dealing with nutritional problems because they are rich in vitamins A, E and C. These fungi also have Lentinan, a proven anti-cancer agent. Some mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties that can help much in the future to fight against certain diseases. Mushrooms are an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that helps lower elevated blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. Potassium keeps you from cramping during extended periods of exercise. One medium portabella mushroom has even more potassium than a banana or a glass of orange juice.

The mushrooms are good in the diet of pregnant women and children because they are high in phosphorus, a substance that promotes bone mineralization. They are also high in iodine, which is involved in growth processes, and is a mineral essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, which regulates metabolism. They have very little sodium and fat, and 8 to 10 percent of the dry weight is fiber. So mushrooms are good to eat if you are trying to lose extra weight and they keep you regular.

Mushrooms have a higher amount of protein than normal vegetables and are also rich in Puritan, which makes the body turn into uric acid. So people with gout, kidney stones and hyperuricemia should limit their consumption. Mushrooms are also a rich source of riboflavin and niacin. So the moral of the story is to add a few mushrooms to your salads, soups and meals.

Source by Eric Kampel