Health benefits of mushrooms

 

A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Button Mushrooms are popular in India and are easily available at any gourmet store’s vegetable aisle. Listed below are the benefits of mushrooms that we never knew.Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins which also play an im-portant role in the nervous system.Mushrooms are also a source of important min-erals. Potassium is an im-portant mineral found in mushrooms. It aids in the maintenance of normal fluid and mineral balance, which helps control blood pressure.They help to strengthen the immune system as well. Mushrooms provide ergot-hioneine (which is a natu-rally occurring amino acid) a naturally occurring antioxidant that may help protect the body’s cells.Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle and one of the few non-fortified food sources often grouped with vegeta-bles, mushrooms provide many of the nutritional attributes of pro-duce, as well as attributes more commonly found in meat, beans or grains.Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium, yet they provide several nutrients that are typically found in animal foods or grains.