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6 Health Benefits of Mushrooms

By Brandi Swieter 

Mushrooms are available any time of year. Their peak season, however, is in the fall. November is a great time to enjoy mushrooms, especially paired with other in-season items such as onions, beets, artichokes, and chard. Mushrooms offer many health benefits that people are often unaware. 

Protein

Mushrooms contain protein. This is necessary for repairing cells and healing the tissues within the body. Eating a cup of sliced mushrooms can offer a few grams of protein. People can enjoy the healthy snack or add it to favorite dish.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is typically found in dairy sources. Mushrooms, too, are a source of the vitamin, though many do not realize this.  White button mushrooms are one of the better options for anyone looking to boost their bone health and improve other bodily functions with the help of Vitamin D. 

Fiber

Fiber is necessary for digestive health and mushrooms contain plenty of it. Morel and maitake mushrooms are the best sources of the nutrient. Portobello mushrooms are also a valid option. Eating a full cup at once is best for those looking to gain benefits from this nutrient. 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are necessary for fighting off disease and preventing cancer. Mushrooms contain an antioxidant known as selenium. They also offer a healthy dose of Vitamin B. Together, these two boost the immune system and stop further damage from happening to cells. 

Heart-Healthy Nutrition

With phytonutrients found in mushrooms, the food is considered a heart-healthy option. They work to prevent plaque from building up on the walls of the arteries and ensure blood pressure remains in check. Blood circulation is also improved because of this. With the ability to help lower cholesterol, mushrooms make a great addition to the menu. This is particularly true for anyone looking to manage their weight. 

Weight Loss

Mushrooms don't just help with cholesterol. They are also very low in calories. In combination, these factors can ensure people who snack on the food regularly have a chance for weight loss. A full cup of white mushrooms contain just 21 calories. Choose a cup as a snack regularly and watch the benefits build up. 

Getting nutrition from the foods we eat ensures a healthier life and better well-being. People should avoid processed foods with no real nutritional value and choose earth-grown options instead. Mushrooms are one food that provides benefits to the body. Consume them more often for a boost in health. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wilmington, N.C.

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