Mushrooms Have Superpowers For Whole Body Health
Mushrooms are a truly wonderful food, full of a whole range of vitamins and minerals that all contribute to your overall health and wellbeing. Sure you say, give me some examples of their superpower-ness. Ok, since you asked… and while you’re looking, check out our nutrition page for the full list of goodies.
So let’s see. For a start they’re Gluten Free with a pretty low GI score of 10, and their low fat, low energy, low sugar status makes them great for the weight conscious. Unless of course you smother them with butter and cream. What else…
We have the Heart Tick and are part of the 5+ a Day Programme. As you probably know, a diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. But wait, there’s more. Mushrooms are also low fat and have no detectable trans fatty acids or saturated fatty acids – so they can contribute to lower total blood cholesterol. And finally, they’re also low in sodium which can help reduce blood pressure. All good.
Brain and Nervous System
Got brain fade? The biotin, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, copper and potassium found in mushrooms are important in keeping your nervous system functioning properly and assisting with neurological function, mental performance and psychological development. Big words, but basically it helps your brain and nervous system function normally.
Tiredness and Fatigue
Feeling a little tired? Need a boost? Get some sleep then snack on a few mushrooms. The niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, copper and phosphorous in mushrooms all contribute to producing energy, reducing fatigue and tiredness or aid in releasing the energy from the food you eat.
Here’s a biggy, especially in Winter. Eating a good diet in general will help your immune system, but the copper, selenium and Vitamin D* in mushrooms are important for normal immune system functioning.
Growth and Development of Children
Almost everything in mushrooms is important for the normal growth and development of children. The niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, copper, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin D* – and a host of the other trace elements found in smaller quantities. Get your children to eat mushrooms. If they don’t like them cooked, try raw button mushrooms – they’re a little bit crunchy when they’re fresh.
And if that isn’t enough:
- Teeth and Bones: Phosphorus and Vitamin D* are needed to keep your teeth and bones growing and healthy.
- Muscles: Potassium and Vitamin D* are important for keeping your muscles functioning as they should.
- Hair and Nails: Biotin and selenium help keep your hair and nails healthy and looking good.
- Skin: Biotin, niacin, riboflavin and copper are all important for your skin – affecting its structure, function or colour.
Need more? The main vitamins and minerals found in mushrooms also contribute to macronutrient metabolism; maintenance of mucous membranes; normal fat metabolism, synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones and some neurotransmitters; maintenance of red blood cells and normal vision; protection of cells from oxidative stress and free radical damage; normal cell membrane structure; normal water and electrolyte balance; and normal cell division.
*High levels of Vitamin D are only found in our Vitamin D mushrooms.