MUSHROOMS Can Help You Lose Weight
Mushrooms are in a world of their own, in the dark, and full of unique nutritional benefits. The varieties are extraordinary but some are poisonous, so be sure you obtain a reputable supply. Such varieties as the Swiss brown, button, cup, flat, porcini or cap mushroom, truffles, maitake, shiitake, reishi and the common white or brown mushrooms have varied benefits. The maitake mushroom contains adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to stress and promotes normal metabolism.
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It also contains polysaccharides that inhibit the growth of cancerous cells, destroy HIV and promote the activity of the T-helper cells in the immune system. It may assist in cases of hepatitis, high blood pressure and chronic fatigue syndrome. The shiitake mushroom contains the polysaccharide lentinan, which strengthens the T-cell formation of the immune system. The reishi and shiitake mushrooms have anti-tumour properties and may assist in the treatment of some cancers. In Japan, shiitake mushroom extract is licensed as an anti-cancer drug.
Generally speaking, mushrooms are termed probiotic: they strengthen the immune system, balance the body and provide natural resistance to disease. They contain host defence potentiators (HDP) which enhance the immune system They also provide anti-viral, analgesic, antioxidant and antiinflammatory benefits. Mushrooms are a good source of potassium (400mg on average), for healing and improved blood circulation. They contain no vitamin A and very little calcium or iron, but supply fair amounts of phosphorus for the nerves and brain. Mushrooms are low in calories and supply a little complete protein. They absorb a lot of oil when fried so take it easy. Fresh mushrooms contain 90% water and are a good source of the amino acid lysine.
Mushrooms natural medicinal properties are still being discovered!
NOTE: All amounts in this blog are measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 grams, unless stated otherwise.
GLYCEMIC CALORIES – total: 15 kcal. Per 100 grams.
INDEX: 11 Calories from: Carb: 10 Protein: 3 Fat: 1