What are the health benefits of mushrooms?

What are the health benefits of mushrooms?

Sthefany Viana, Master and Doctor in Agronomy, scientifically comments on the beneficial properties of mushrooms

Mushrooms are ancient foods. In antiquity, they had a sacred appeal, being used only by pharaohs, kings, queens or high nobility. In China, they were studied by alternative medicine and applied to the treatment of diseases. In Brazil, mushrooms began to be popularized with the arrival of Japanese immigrants in the 1960s.

Over the years, and especially with the advancement in cultivation techniques, this food has been increasingly known by the general population. Specialists estimate that there are around 10,000 species of mushrooms in the world, among the best known are: the Sun mushroom (Agaricus Blazei), Champignon, Mushroom Paris, Porcini, Portobelo and so on.

The nutritional value is one of the most positive aspects of this food, as Sthefany Viana, Master and Doctor in Agronomy comments: “Mushrooms are highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists because they are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, but it is not only that. We can talk for hours about all that mushrooms are best for us,” he says.

It is evident that all this variety of nutrients reflects in positive effects on the body. In addition to what we’ve already listed, Sthefany has separated a list of the numerous benefits of mushrooms:

– Strengthening of the immune system;

– Anti-inflammatory action;

– Contributes to the proper functioning of the intestine;

– Improves bone health;

– It is antioxidant;

– Has microbial action;

– Decreases pain and fatigue sensation;

– Helps control sugar and cholesterol;

– Improves the appetite of those with hepatitis C;

– Prevents diabetes.

There are also many studies initiated by public universities that point to the effect of the mushroom Agaricus blazei in the neutralization of molecules linked to degenerative cellular processes, known as free radicals. For this reason, specifically this species has been used by patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, acting directly on side effects.

However, Sthefany reminds us that it is important to pay attention to the form of use or preparation: “The best way to consume the mushroom to preserve all its beneficial properties is through the concentrated extract of the fungus. This is because, when we boil food at an inappropriate temperature, or even when we mix it with olive oil or other ingredients, its nutritional capacity can be altered, as well as its antioxidant action reduced”, he says.

In general, mushrooms are great for a significant improvement in people’s health and quality of life, as they provide a lot of energy, increasing the number of beneficial substances that help fight diseases in the human body. We’ll talk a lot more about the Fungi universe here on the HN Food blog. So, stay tuned for our next posts – we’ll be back soon with more news.

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