Mushrooms are edible fungi with several scientific names. They belong to the family named “Agaricus”. They are saprophytes which survive by taking nutrients from the dead and decaying plant and animal. They vary in shape, size, colour and properties. There are around 14,000 species of mushrooms found in the world but at the same time scientists are aware of only 10% and 100 species are being studied for their use and health benefits.
Let us discuss the useful health benefits of mushrooms.
- Treats Anemia
People having low-level iron are called Anaemic, in turn resulting in weakness, headaches, fatigue and digestion problems. Mushrooms are a rich source of iron which is highly beneficial as it promotes the formation of red blood cells, thereby improving the health and body functioning.
- Reduces The Risk Of Cancer
Mushrooms are highly effective in preventing breast cancer and prostate cancer due to the presence of beta-glucans and linoleic acid, both of them serving a great purpose. The beta-glucans hinders the growth of cancerous cells in the case of prostate cancer. While on the other hand, the linoleic acid helps to suppress the adverse effects of excess estrogen.
- Helps To Improve The Bone Health
Mushrooms are enriched with calcium which is of extreme importance as it helps in strengthening the bones. It provides a rich source of calcium to the bones and makes them stronger. Furthermore, it reduces the risk of developing conditions like Osteoporosis.
- Lowers Blood Pressure
Studies of different types of mushrooms including, shiitake and maitake mushrooms have to be high in potassium content. Potassium helps in relaxing the tension in blood vessels and helps in beating up high blood pressure. Recent studies have shown that an increased level of potassium tends to improve memory retention.