We all should know that mushrooms are extremely beneficial for your health, and their beneficial properties cannot be found in most other ingredients.They can be can be used as medicine in the treatment of various diseases.
1.Mushrooms and Thyroid Imbalance
Imbalance of the thyroid gland (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism) can affect the overall health. Due to its role to regulate metabolism, improper function of the thyroid gland may lead to issues with weight control. It also regulates the body temperature and the regeneration of our cells, keeping us young and healthy.
Mushrooms are excellent for the thyroid gland since they contain high amounts of vitamin D and iodine. They are also a powerful antioxidant. So, if you have thyroid issues choose crimini, white button, enoki, shiitake, oyster or Portobello mushrooms.
Many people who were treated with the drug called Thyroxin and similar medication for thyroid gland conditions replaced the drugs with mushrooms. In this manner they balanced their thyroid function naturally.
2.Mushrooms and Immunity
Over-activity of the immune system causes inflammations and some conditions that enable the immune system to protect us. For instance, allergies can negatively affect the function of the immune system. In case of these problems, you need something that will boost the immunity without enhancing the inflammations. This can be done with mushrooms since they accelerate the secretion of salivary immunoglobulin A which boosts the immune system without causing any kind of inflammation.
There was a study which showed that eating a cup of cooked button mushrooms each day for one week the slgA secretion will increase by 50%. In those people, the secretion of slgA stayed at those levels even after they have stopped eating the mushrooms. They contain phytochemicals like beta-glucan which is a super immune boosting compound. The result will only be there if you keep eating them as a regular part of your diet.
3.Mushrooms and cancer
Mushrooms have anticancer properties such as specialized lectins which prevent cancer cells from growing and dividing, to specific enzyme inhibitors which protect against breast cancer. Moreover, they are high in selenium that is being identified as the key trace mineral in cancer treatments. According to a last year’s study, high levels of selenium lower the risks of bladder cancer. Around 50% of the daily needs of selenium are found in 100 gr. of cooked shitakes and raw crimini. Around 20% of the daily needs of this mineral are found in raw white button.
4.Mushrooms and vitamin D
The plants that contain the highest amounts of vitamin D are mushrooms. You can even grow healthy organic mushrooms by yourself. Consuming just three mushrooms daily is enough for your body to get enough vitamin D.