Mushrooms are full of vitamins and minerals and can be considered part of a healthy diet! Again, this is not about specific, hard to find, functional or "healing" fungi. We're talking about the amazing varieties you can find in your produce section, such as mushrooms, legs, oysters, portobello, and shiitake (but wild mushrooms will work too).
Here are reasons to add one or more of these types of mushrooms to your next grocery list:
Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D.
A 2018 study from Curtin University in Australia found that mushrooms can provide between 50 and 100% of our daily vitamin D needs. Deficiency of vitamin D can affect your bone health, increase your risk of certain types of cancer, and even negatively impact your weight.
Our main source of vitamin D is sunlight. Hence, eating mushrooms can help increase our supplies in winter and for those who don't spend 10 to 15 minutes in the sun every day. Apart from being a great source of vitamin D, mushrooms are the only true vegan dietary source of vitamin D, so mushrooms can be an important part of a plant-based diet.
Mushrooms can have anti-inflammatory properties
Although mushrooms are not essential, they are full of antioxidants that can tame the effects of free radicals. Cooked or raw mushrooms contain selenium, which is not found in most fruits and vegetables. Selenium is a very powerful antioxidant that is believed to prevent cancer, cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, and thyroid disease.
Mushrooms also contain two other glutathione, antioxidants, and ergothioneine. They are believed to be important in fighting aging as they prevent cognitive decline and oxidative stress.