The standard for the name " mushroom " is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word " mushroom " is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella)

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Health Benefits of organic Mushrooms

One of the vital useful of organic mushroom benefits is that it works well for regulating the defense system associated with the body and also makes it powerful.
Mushrooms reduce inflammation and aid in increasing the blood flow.
Pain that is caused by the infection of herpes zoster virus and other inflammatory conditions such as neuralgia can be treated with organic Mushrooms.
Intake of organic mushrooms by patients of degenerative diseases for example Alzheimer’s and even heart disease is said to minimize their symptoms in them.
Organic mushrooms are known for their antioxidant properties. When they are taken with each other with antioxidant vitamins, they can be extremely effective. It is believed that organic mushrooms can prevent certain cancers and can suppress the growth of the tumors.
Organic mushrooms are not only beneficial for the body, but they also have numerous anxiety reducing properties too. Organic mushrooms can induce normal sleeping patterns in a person suffering from stress. It can minimize the symptoms of high altitude stress too.
An additional of the organic mushroom benefits is that it helps in providing relief from respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. Organic mushrooms strengthen the bronchial cells and minimize coughing in a person.
One of the red organic mushrooms benefits is that it aids in lowering the serum cholesterol levels in a person, and thus, serves as a very useful tonic for important body organs such as heart and liver

Vitamins and minerals into mushrooms

Mushrooms have been popular source of useful nutrients since ages. You'll find range of myths and facts related to the vitamins and minerals of mushrooms. Pharaohs of ancient Egypt considered mushrooms as source of being immortal. Not just Egyptians, even Greeks and Chinese people believed mushrooms to be a very useful food that built strength and good health.

A mushroom is absolutely nothing but a fungus that has a fleshy body and bears spores. Nowadays organic mushrooms are used substantially in many foods especially in Japanese, Chinese and European. They are popular for their taste and flavor. Usually people think that organic mushrooms have no nutritional value. But it is not so and mushrooms have a number of health benefits associated with them. Organic mushrooms are low in calories, low in crabs, low in sodium, no cholesterol and contain zero fat. Moreover, they contain vitamins and useful minerals like potassium, copper, selenium, magnesium etc and are high in dietary fibers. There are about 14,000 different species of mushrooms out of which 1400 are poisonous, 3,000 are edible (read more on, types of edible mushrooms) and 700 have medicinal properties. Oyster, shiitake, portabella, button, etc are some of the popular types of organic mushrooms that are used for preparing different recipes. Let us take a look at organic mushrooms health benefit.

Mushrooms Nutritional Value

As discussed earlier, mushrooms contain important minerals and vitamins, that are required by human body. They are rich sources of vitamins, which include vitamin B and vitamin D. Natural sources of vitamin D are very rare and some mushroom species contain vitamin D and minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium, etc that play an important role in improving the immune system and have plenty of health benefits. These minerals are present in a large amount in mushrooms. The table given below will give a brief idea on mushroom nutrition fact for serving amount of 100 gm mushroom.

Type of Nutrient         Nutrient           Amount Per Serving   % Daily Value
Vitamins          Niacin (Vitamin B3)   3.6 mg 18%
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)          1.5 mg 15%
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)        0.1 mg 5%
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)         0.4 mg 24%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 0.1 mg 5%
Folate (Vitamin B9)    16 mcg            4%
Minerals          Copper            0.3mg  16%
Selenium         9.3 mcg           13%
Potassium        318 mg            9%
Phosphorus      86 mg  9%
Iron     0.5 mg 3%
Zinc     0.5 mg 3%
Magnesium      9 mg    2%

Portabella Mushrooms Nutrition Facts

Portabella mushrooms are known for their high content of selenium. Researches say that selenium contains cancer fighting elements. The table given below elaborates on other nutrition facts of portabella mushroom.

Type of Nutrient         Nutrient           % Daily Value
Vitamins          Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)         28%
Niacin (Vitamin B3)   23%
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)          15%
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)        5%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 5%
Folate (Vitamin B9)    5%
Minerals          Copper            20%
Selenium         16%
Potassium        14%
Phosphorus      13%
Iron     3%
Zinc     4%
Magnesium      3%

White Mushroom Nutritional Value

White  mushroom is one of the natural sources of vitamin D and also contains antioxidants. Given below is a table that specifies nutritional value of this mushroom.

Type of Nutrient         Nutrient           % Daily Value
Vitamins          Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)         25%
Niacin (Vitamin B3)   20%
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)          20%
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)        4%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 4%
Folate (Vitamin B9)    6%
Vitamin D       4%
Minerals          Copper            15%
Selenium         15%
Potassium        8%
Phosphorus      6%
Iron     2%
Zinc     4%
Magnesium      2%

Shiitake Mushrooms Nutritional Value
Shiitake mushrooms are also natural sources of vitamin D. They have been used for medicinal purposes for long period of time in Asia. They also contain elements that boost the immune system. Take a look at the table to know more nutrition facts on shiitake mushrooms.

Type of Nutrient         Nutrient           % Daily Value
Vitamins          Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)         10%
Niacin (Vitamin B3)   7%
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)          36%
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)        8%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 2%
Folate (Vitamin B9)    5%
Vitamin D       25%
Minerals          Copper            45%
Selenium         35%
Potassium        3%
Phosphorus      3%
Iron     2%
Zinc     9%
Magnesium      3%

Oyster Mushroom Nutritional Value

Oyster mushrooms can help to reduce increased glucose level, triglycerides, etc in diabetic patients. The table given below specifies the percent daily value of vitamins and minerals present in oyster mushroom.

Type of Nutrient         Nutrient           % Daily Value
Vitamins          Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)         21%
Niacin (Vitamin B3)   25%
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)          13%
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)        6%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 8%
Folate (Vitamin B9)    7%
Minerals          Copper            12%
Selenium         4%
Potassium        12%
Phosphorus      12%
Iron     7%
Zinc     5%
Magnesium      5%

From the above tables you can see, that mushrooms nutritional value are unlimited with so many vitamins and minerals content. Each of the vitamins and minerals that are present in mushrooms are beneficial for human body. Thus, mushrooms do not provide just taste but also a wide array of health benefits.

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