Beyond integrating some of our products into your daily or weekly routine, mushrooms added into meals can boost the amount of health benefits you get from them.
For those that don’t know mushrooms have plenty of health benefits including anti-inflammatory benefits, preventing heart disease and high-cholesterol, and helping produce good probiotics into the digestive tract.
Each specific mushroom has a ranging amount of health benefits but all mushrooms have certain amounts of protein and fibre. They also have a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues. In an age of COVID, it would be nice to get all the help we can get from the natural world.
Mushrooms in particular are one of the only non-animal sources of vitamin D, specifically white button mushrooms. Whether grown indoors or foraged from the wild, white button mushrooms have an increasingly high concentration of vitamin D. However, you can boost vitamins in all of your mushrooms by letting them sit in a windowsill for 1-2 hours after purchasing.
One bit of research that is gaining some popularity is the positive effects of mushrooms for fighting against cancer and boosting heart health. America has one of the largest populations of adult obesity at 42.4% in 2017-2018 which has also contributed to the rise of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2020 an estimated 1,806,590 new cancer cases will be diagnosed.
The research supports that certain varieties of mushrooms have been crucial in cell regeneration. This not only has implications against inhibiting tumor formation but also about treating neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s. In terms of boosting heart health, mushrooms’ therapeutic properties can help lower cholesterol particularly in overweight adults and help maintain healthy blood pressure for everyone else.
To boost these health benefits you have to cook mushrooms correctly. Mushrooms can be eaten raw and give some beneficial effects on your digestive system, certain cooking methods have been shown to increase mushroom nutrient status.
By grilling or cooking your mushrooms in the microwave you boost the amounts of vitamins and nutrients they maintain. When sauteeing mushrooms, which is one of the most popular ways, use a small amount of oil to increase their antioxidant activity. If at all possible, try to avoid boiling or frying your mushrooms because this can render the health functions ineffective.
You can incorporate them in your meals in just a few simple ways to help boost your health:
- Chop some mushrooms to match the consistency of ground beef and incorporate them into your burgers to help combat the high cholesterol levels in red-meat
- Cut them up and mix it into omelets, quiches, or scrambled eggs to give you a vitamin boost in your breakfast
- Slice some mushrooms and toss them into a pasta sauce. Mushrooms have been and always will be a great source of umami for any dish.
- Grab one of our elixirs and put a couple drops in any of your drinks.
By adding mushrooms to your daily routine you can live healthier, for longer. And if you’re not a big cook, no worries! In the Multiverse marketplace we offer plenty of snacks that you can grab and eat on the go to achieve your daily dose of functional mushrooms. To read more about some of the health benefits of functional mushrooms check out this post from the British Broadcasting Corporation.