Mushrooms are full of minerals and vitamins and can be considered as a part of a healthy diet! Again, this is not about specific, hard to find, functional, or "healing" fungi. We're talking about the amazing varieties you can find in your produce section, such as mushrooms, legs, oysters, portobello, and shiitake. You can also purchase dried mushrooms online.
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Here are some reasons to add one or more of these types of mushrooms to your next grocery list:
Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D. Deficiency of vitamin D can affect your bone health, increase your risk of certain types of cancer, and even negatively impact your weight.
Our main source of vitamin D is sunlight. Hence, eating mushrooms can help increase our supplies in winter and for those who don't spend 10 to 15 minutes in the sun every day.
Apart from being a great source of vitamin D, mushrooms are the only true vegan dietary source of vitamin D, so mushrooms can be an important part of a plant-based diet.
Mushrooms can have anti-inflammatory properties. Although mushrooms are not essential, they are full of antioxidants that can tame the effects of free radicals. Cooked or raw mushrooms contain selenium, which is not found in most fruits and vegetables.
Selenium is a very powerful antioxidant that is believed to prevent cancer, cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, and thyroid disease.
Mushrooms also contain two other glutathione, antioxidants, and ergothioneine. They are believed to be important in fighting to age as they prevent cognitive decline and oxidative stress.