Mushrooms are immunity-boosters.
Cultures around the world have eaten or used mushrooms medicinally for centuries, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt.
Mushrooms have anti-inflammatory powers. Mushrooms contain a powerful antioxidant called ergothioneine, which helps lower inflammation throughout the body. Weil adds that reishi mushrooms in particular, which have been used medicinally in Asia for thousands of years, also have significant anti-inflammatory effects.
All types of edible mushrooms contain varying degrees of nutrients and fiber. They also contain powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues.
Can mushrooms help protect against cancer?
In particular, certain varieties of mushrooms have been shown to have potential in protecting against cancer by protecting our cells against DNA damage but also inhibiting tumour formation. There is also some evidence that they may be beneficial in the treatment and management of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.
Can mushrooms protect heart health?
Mushrooms have been shown to have some therapeutic properties that can help to lower cholesterol, particularly in overweight adults, as well as phytonutrients that can help prevent cells from sticking to blood vessel walls and forming plaque build-up. This in turn then helps protect the heart by maintaining healthy blood pressure and circulation.
Mushrooms have high amounts of two antioxidants, ergothioneine and glutathione, which are both associated with anti-aging properties. “What we found is that, without a doubt, mushrooms are [the] highest dietary source of these two antioxidants taken together, and that some types are really packed with both of them.
Magic’ mushrooms may help cancer patients. In a pair of separate clinical trials at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and New York University Langone Medical Center, 80 cancer patients suffering from anxiety, depression or a fear of death were given psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in roughly 200 kinds of mushrooms. About 80% of them experienced “an increase in optimism, a feeling of connection with other people and mystical and spiritual experiences. The effects persisted through the six-month follow-up period…..
The research, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, suggests that psilocybin are beneficial for people with depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.