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Health Benefits Of MUSHROOMS
Apr 2019
Meenu Laul

Health Benefits Of MUSHROOMS​

Mushrooms have been consumed since earliest history; ancient Greeks believed that mushrooms provided strength for warriors in battle, and the Romans perceived them as the “Food of the Gods.” For centuries, the Chinese culture has treasured mushrooms as a health food, an “elixir of life.

Nowadays, mushrooms have been considered as ingredient of gourmet cuisine across the globe; especially for their unique flavour and have been valued by humankind as a culinary wonder. More than 2,000 species of mushrooms exist in nature, but around 25 are widely accepted as food and few are commercially cultivated.

The key to getting enough vitamins and minerals in our diet is to eat a colourful variety of fruits and vegetables. In many cases, a food that lacks colour also lacks necessary nutrients, but edible mushrooms, which are commonly white, prove quite the contrary.

Many mushrooms have been used as foods and medicines for a long time. Mushrooms contain polyphenols, polysaccharides, vitamins and minerals. Studies show that mushrooms possess various bioactivities, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer,