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Benefits of Mushroom And Its Side Effects

Mushrooms have to be cooked to get their nutritional benefits as their cell walls are indigestible if not exposed to heat. However, mushrooms contain a few nutrients and vitamins which provide quite a few health benefits. Consumption of mushrooms helps to fight different types of cancer, regulates blood cholesterol levels and thus helps to fight diabetes. They also aid in strengthening our immune system and also help to lose weight.

Benefits of Mushroom And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Mushroom
Nutritional Value of Mushroom
Health Benefits of Mushroom
Helps to fight cancer
Helps lower cholesterol levels
Good for your heart
Helps to treat anemia
Good for your bones
Helps to prevent inflammation
Increases absorption of iron
Improves body immunity
Aids in weight loss
Uses of Mushroom
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mushroom
Cultivation of Mushroom

Mushroom

Mushrooms, belonging to the family ‘Agaricus’, are not plants although they are classified as vegetables in the food kingdom. They belong to the fungi kingdom and contain a host of essential nutrients. Mushrooms are actually saprophytes, organisms that depend on dead and decaying animal and plant matter for their nutrition. The body of the mushroom is generally spread over a large area and is hardly noticed. The part of mushroom that we see is actually only the ‘fruit’ of the vegetable. There are thousands of varieties mushroom-forming fungi across the world but scientists have been able to identify only about 10 percent of them.

Nutritional Value of Mushroom

Mushrooms are very good natural sources of Vitamin D. They also contain germanium, a trace mineral, selenium, an anti-oxidant mineral as well as other minerals like copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorus. They are also rich in Vitamin C, protein, calcium and iron. Furthermore, mushrooms also contain insoluble chitin and soluble beta glucans which are extremely beneficial for our health.

Health Benefits of Mushroom

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Mushroom
Health Benefits of Mushroom

Helps to fight cancer

Mushrooms are rich in anti-oxidants that fight against the harmful free radicals in our body. If not acted upon, these free radicals tend to harm our body cells which might eventually lead to cancer. Selenium is a mineral found in mushrooms that facilitates the functioning of our liver enzymes and thus helps to detoxify certain cancer-causing compounds in our body. Vitamin D is also present in mushrooms which regulates the cell growth cycle and prevents the growth of cancer cells.

Helps lower cholesterol levels

Mushrooms have no cholesterol or fat and are very low in carbohydrates. They however contain fiber and other enzymes which help to lower cholesterol levels. They are also rich in lean protein content that helps to burn cholesterol. Thus consumption of mushroom helps to regulate the cholesterol levels and protects your heart.

Good for your heart

Mushrooms contain fiber, vitamin C and potassium which help to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Mushrooms have high potassium content and low sodium content and this combination helps to lower blood pressure. This in turn helps to prevent the risks associated with high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

Helps to treat anemia

Anemia is caused due to the deficiency of iron and is characterized by fatigue, headaches, digestive issues and reduced neural friction. Consumption of mushrooms help to prevent these symptoms as they are rich in iron. Iron helps in the formation of red blood cells and ensures that we remain healthy and fully functional.

Good for your bones

Mushroom contains calcium which helps to strengthen our bones and also aids in bone formation. Thus incorporating mushrooms in your diet will provide the necessary calcium that is required for your bones. This will delay or prevent the onset of conditions like osteoporosis and other ailments related to degradation of bones like lack of mobility and joint pain.

Helps to prevent inflammation

Mushroom contains a powerful anti-oxidant called ergothioneine that helps to prevent inflammation. A particular type of mushroom, known as reishi mushroom, helps to fight diseases, lowers inflammation, and reduces tumor growth and allergic reactions. These reishi mushrooms have been used for their anti-inflammatory properties for thousands of years in Asia.

Increases absorption of iron

The copper content in mushroom helps to get iron properly absorbed from food and also facilitates its proper utilization by getting it released from the primary storage spots of our body like liver. Copper and iron work together to ensure that we have healthy bones and they also prevent anemia.

Improves body immunity

Mushrooms contain ergotheoneine, an amino acid containing sulphur, which is a powerful anti-oxidant and helps to increase body immunity. This compound helps to remove all the free radicals which tend to cause various diseases in our body. Mushrooms also contain natural antibiotics which prevent growth of microbes and other fungal infections. Furthermore, the presence of Vitamin A, B-complex and C in mushrooms also helps to strengthen our body immunity.

Aids in weight loss

Mushrooms are rich in proteins and dietary fibers but they are very low in carbohydrates and have negligible amounts of fat or cholesterol. Beta-glucans and chitin are the two types of dietary fibers present in mushroom and they help to increase satiety and reduce appetite.These dietary fibers in mushroom make you feel fuller and helps reduce intake of calories.

Uses of Mushroom

White button mushrooms are the most cultivated and it is widely used as an ingredient in both dishes and sauces. Mushrooms have Vitamin D, selenium and anti-oxidants and thus are beneficial for our skin and thus are used widely in topical creams, serums and facial preparations. It is widely believed to have skin-whitening capabilities. Due to the presence of iron, consumption of mushrooms also helps to prevent hair loss. They are rich in nutrients and rank higher than most vegetables and fruits in their nutrient density.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Mushroom

It is not easy for a layman to differentiate wild mushrooms from healthy mushrooms. Consumption of wild mushrooms may result in severe illnesses in humans and can even cause death. As beta-glucans present in mushroom stimulate immune function, people with autoimmune diseases like arthritis, lupus, asthma and multiple sclerosis should avoid consuming it.

Cultivation of Mushroom

It is believed that mushroom was first cultivated in Asia during 600 A.D. Mushrooms were introduced to Asia in the 17th century and to Netherlands, the third largest producer of mushrooms, in the beginning of the 19th century. The ancient Romans consumed mushrooms while the Aztecs and the Egyptians considered it be the ‘food of the Gods.’ However, in the middle of the 17th century, a French cultivator accidentally found mushrooms and began to cultivate it. This marked the beginning of the history of cultivated mushrooms. Today, hina and the United States are the world’s largest producers of mushrooms.

Mushrooms are not plants and they require conditions which are drastically different that those required by plants to grow. Mushrooms do not essentially require sunlight but depend on their growth medium to get all their energy and growth materials through the biochemical decomposition process. It is required to expand a stock of mycelium so that there is enough mycelial mass for the fungi to transform into a mass of fruiting bodies i.e. mushrooms. It is essential to use moist and sugar-rich substrates for the fungus to grow and all harmful bacteria and fungi that may consume the substrate are to be removed. After the growth of sufficient mycelium, the fungus should be placed in a humid environment, the temperature should be decreased and some light along with fresh air should be allowed to reach the fungus. This will stimulate the transformation of the mycelium into fleshy mushrooms.

Popular Questions & Answers

What is th best precautions and healthy diet during the any operation. Please advice

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
1. Lean Protein Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, plays an important role in knitting tissue back together. Typical protein intake is around 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But, after surgery, the demands for protein are much higher, especially if you have incisions to repair. Aim to get 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, target 102 to 136 grams of protein per day. That’s 25-30 grams per 3 meals and 14-23 grams per 2 snacks. Getting extra protein doesn’t mean eating more red meat. Excellent lean protein sources include eggs, fish, turkey, beans and legumes. Whey protein like LeanBiotics RS™ Meal Replacement is a tasty and convenient way to boost your protein intake. Whey protein is easily mixed with water (or soy, almond, rice or cashew milk) or incorporated into a smoothie. Check out our Green Smoothie recipe. 2. Fermented Dairy Antibiotics are routinely prescribed after surgery to prevent infection. While antibiotics kill bad bugs, they also decimate the beneficial bacteria that line your digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria help digest your food and manufacture vitamins plus play a key role in immune system function. Repopulate your digestive tract with fermented dairy products like kefir and yogurt. Kefir is ideal because a small serving provides upwards of 8 to 12 species with over 10 billion live and active cultures. Yogurt provides fewer species and a lower bacterial count. When choosing, read labels as the sugar content and calories are higher with flavored products. Supplementing with a broad-spectrum probiotic like Probiotic-8 also helps boost beneficial species. Just be sure to take your antibiotics separately from a probiotic. Refer to Antibiotics with Probiotics – What You Need to Know. 3. Fiber Pain medications, anesthetic agents, alterations to diet, dehydration, stress and reduced physical activity after surgery can work against your body’s normal route of elimination. Aside from drinking plenty of water, popping a few prunes each day will help get things moving along. Prunes are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which softens and adds bulk to stool. Other foods that are high in fiber include beans & legumes, apples, pears, bran flakes, oatmeal and flaxseed meal. Check out our list of top fiber sources. You can also help “move things along” by taking SurgiLax, a natural supplement that helps restore balance and regularity to your digestive system and bowel. 4. Deeply Colored Fruits The stress of surgery along with the drugs that are used during the procedure generate an increased oxidative load on the body or free-radical production. While your body uses antioxidants to reduce or eliminate these harmful molecules, the requirements are significantly higher after surgery. Boost your antioxidant intake after surgery by eating deeply colored fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates. These fruits contain anthocyanidins, compounds that not only enhance the effects of vitamin C, but improve capillary integrity and stabilize collagen matrix. 5. Orange Fruits & Veggies Sweet potatoes are a superb source of beta carotene or pro-vitamin A which the body converts into vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A is needed for the repair and maintenance of soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin so significantly boosting your intake (up to 10,000 IUs of vitamin A and another 15,000 IUs of beta-carotene) around the time of surgery makes sense. Unlike its distant cousin the potato, sweet potatoes aren’t as starchy and provide almost 4 grams of fiber per serving. Just clean and slice a sweet potato into 1” half moons. Toss with a bit of olive oil, season with pepper and salt and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Other excellent sources of beta carotene include carrots, dark leafy greens like kale, can notaloupe, mango and dried apricots. 6. Bell Peppers & Citrus Fruit Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 340 mg per medium pepper. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps cross-link collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and if you’ve had an incision, this protein is crucial to proper wound healing. Stress depletes vitamin C stores so getting extra after surgery is recommended (upwards of 900 mg a day in divided doses). Other excellent sources of vitamin C include guava, kale, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. 7. Cruciferous Vegetables Having a robust immune system ensures that your body wards off infection after surgery. Vegetables that contain indoles, phytonutrients that boost immune health, include Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Have bad childhood memories of these veggies? For great flavor and quick preparation, try roasting Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. Opt for Mashed Cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes for a perfect post-surgery food that is low carb and nutritious. 8. Fungi – Mushrooms Mushrooms also support a healthy immune system. A recent study showed better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins in participants that ate a 4 oz serving of Shiitake mushrooms daily. Other immune boosting mushrooms include Maitakes and Reishi. Mushrooms are great stir fried or grilled. Or try making our easy and flavorful Mushroom Soup. Prepare ahead of time so that after surgery, all you have to do is reheat a bowl. 9. Nuts & Seeds Pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for proper immune system function. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity. Zinc is also important to wound healing as this mineral is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth. Oysters have the highest concentration of zinc and red meats especially beef, lamb and liver have some of the highest concentrations of zinc in food. 10. Pineapple & Papaya Pineapple and papaya contain protease enzymes that the body uses to breakdown and digest proteins. As it turns out, these enzymes (bromelain and papain) also help reduce swelling and inflammation. The downside is that bromelain is concentrated in the stem of the pineapple (that chewy part you don’t eat!). So, taking a supplement like Bromelain with Quercetin may be an easier option.

Please tell me about nutritional value of mushrooms. And health benefits of consuming mushroom.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gwalior
It's rich source of vitamin b group. And a lot amount of water. So help in weight loss and fulfilling vit b deficiency.
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Hair loss. Lot of hair thinning in the crown area. Blood reports say vitamin d deficiency. Please advice

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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Does sleeping for 8 hours should be continuous. I sleep 5 hours at night and 1.5 hours during the day. Is it enough? My age is 19 and height is 5.85. And I want to go upto 6.1. Can i ? I drink 5 litres of water a day and exercise for 15 mins every day.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga, PGDM
Homeopath, Indore
Sleeping around 7-8 hrs is sufficient for an adult person. It can be like sleeping for 6-7 hrs at night will do. Some tips to increase your height: 1.Do Exercise regularly: Spending much time and doing many exercises is not important, as it will not give you efficient output .Every exercise is different and done for different results. Do only stretching exercises that helps you to increase the space between your vertebrae and due to which your height increases. Swimming is also considered a good exercise for increasing height. 2.Take proper sleep: Taking a proper sleep is also important as it is scientifically proven that our body produces more human growth hormone during sleep. You should sleep for 6-8 hours daily. During sleeping body repairs the damaged cells which is equally important. 3.Have proper diet: Have a proper calcium, protein diet, as protein helps in human growth while calcium helps in making bones stronger. Your diet should be balanced with all the essential minerals. Eat enough fruits and drink lots of water. Take 3-4 meals per day but remember that at one time you should not each much as it will affect your growth. 4.Cycling and play games: Cycling is considered to be good exercise for increasing your height. Also playing game such as volleyball, basketball are extremely useful in increasing height of a person. 5.Running: Do jogging or run regularly as it helps in stretching your every part of your body. Running and sprinting is one of the best exercise for increasing height. You must go for running at least 4 times a week. 6. Do Hanging exercise for height increase and tadasana to increase height 7. Calcium: helps our bones to grow and prevents osteoporosis. Consume green veggies and dairy products. 8. Vitamin D: improve bone and muscle growth. Thus, deficiency can stunt the growth. Consume fishes, mushrooms and spend some time under the sun! Have purified fish supplements if you aren’t a fish eater. 9. Proteins: 1 or 2 meals should include proteins like eggs, meat, beans, tofu, etc. Proteins are building blocks for the body. 10. Zinc: chocolates, eggs, peanuts and peas could be some great source for zinc. Deficiency is zinc retards growth for more queries, ask us.

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Turkey Tails Mushroom

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur
Turkey Tails Mushroom

Among 720 species of mushrooms, turkey tail mushrooms are known for their therapeutic purposes. Mushrooms are a favorite among many people for their taste. But it is often unknown to common people that mushrooms have great medicinal values as well. In fact, there are many kinds of mushrooms which have been used in asia since a very long time for medicinal purposes. Mushrooms are usually harvested in areas of their natural growth. However, throughout the years it has been possible for mankind to cultivate them and use them for their own purposes for quite a number of years now.

Turkey tail mushrooms

Several kinds of research and experiments have been going on for a number of years now around the globe regarding the benefits and uses of turkey tail mushrooms. It has been an active ingredient of chinese medicinal tea. The benefits of turkey tail mushrooms are far-fetched, recently vigorous research work is going on in many universities like in bastyr university to find out whether the turkey tail mushrooms are effective and efficient for the treatment of the deadly disease of cancer. The research is mainly going on in collaboration with bastyr university with the university of washington and a few other renowned universities of the world. The research is funded by nih (national institutes of health). The mushroom under discussion is found in abundance in forests throughout the world. The numerous health benefits that turkey tail mushrooms can offer have not yet been fathomed by scientific trials across the world.

Turkey tail mushrooms are known for their numerous health benefits. These mushrooms are commonly found in the woodlands of europe and china. They are usually found to grow in large colonies. Turkey tail mushrooms are generally multi-colored and have concentric bands of contrasting shades. They appear in shades of black, brown, gray, red, white or blue. The body is thin and velvety with a fruiting nature. Because of their capability to form wavy rosettes, they have the name of turkey tails.

Nutritional value of turkey tail mushrooms

Turkey tail mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals and thus improve the health and add greatly to the nutritional content of the diet. They are great sources of potassium as well as riboflavin. The content of niacin in this type of mushroom is also very high. Turkey tail mushrooms also contain pantothenic acid, phosphorus, and even copper.

The turkey tail mushrooms are devoid of fat and caffeine. The content of sodium in this mushroom is also reasonably low. This kind of mushroom is also free from cholesterol and gluten and are low in calories. Turkey tail mushrooms contain 18 types of amino acids, ergo sterol and beta glucans of 1/3 and 1/6. Ergo sterol gets converted to vitamin d on exposure to the sun.

Health benefits of turkey tail mushrooms:

There are many health benefits of turkey tail mushrooms, these include the prevention of cold, support during chemotherapy, control of diabetes, reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and more. Let us discuss them in detail below:

1. Prevent and treat cold

Because of the strong anti-viral and anti-microbial properties of turkey tail mushrooms, they can fight away various infections caused by these microbes, including common cold and flu. They greatly improve the immunity of the system and thus make them stronger to fight against disease causing germs. It is a good idea to include turkey tail in the diet when the season of flu draws nearer. The turkey tail mushroom modulates the immune system to act in a stronger way in fighting infections and germs.

2. Provide support during chemotherapy

The role of turkey tail mushroom in providing support to cancer patients has been under research for a long time now by the most renowned universities in the world. Several patients who are now undertaking chemotherapy have been adding turkey tail mushroom to their diet. The results have started showing up in cases of prostate and breast cancer already. It is known that the immune system of the body gets suppressed under chemotherapy. But turkey tail mushrooms build up the immune system and thus help in making up for the weakness caused by chemotherapy. The stronger immune system also helps in fighting strongly against the deadly cancer cells, thereby turkey tail mushroom is a potent cancer-fighting food.

3. Control diabetes

Turkey tail mushroom helps in reducing diabetes by lowering the level of glucose in the body.

4. Reduce inflammations

Turkey tail mushrooms are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The inclusion of turkey tail mushrooms in the diet help in reduction of inflammations both internal and external.

5. Rich in antioxidants

Being rich in antioxidants, it helps in protection of the body from the harmful uv radiations of the sun. They also block the free radicals that result in aging. Thus, it slows down the process of aging. Being rich in vitamin e, it also acts towards making the skin better and cleansing it naturally.

6. Lower cholesterol

High cholesterol leads to various kind of heart diseases. Turkey tail mushrooms help in reducing the levels of cholesterol by adding it in the daily diet.

7. Aid digestion

The mycelium is that part of the mushroom which enables a person to have a smooth process of digestion. The microbiome gets assisted by the prebiotic content of the turkey tail mushrooms. This implies that the growth of the good and beneficial bacteria in the body is enhanced which includes acidophilus as well as bifidobacterium. It also helps in the treatment of the leaky gut syndrome. The process might also help in losing weight.

8. Help in aids

Kaposi’s sarcoma is a kind of skin cancer which affects the patients who suffer from hiv/aids. Researchers from around the world have revealed that consumption of turkey tail mushroom along with east african wild mushrooms with medicinal uses help in treating this situation. It is also beneficial for patients suffering from hiv/aids without the skin cancer.

9. Reduce hypertension

Hypertension or increase in blood pressure occurs due to the rise in pressure in the arteries carrying blood. Turkey tail mushrooms help in reducing the pressure, and thus hypertension.

10. Treat breast cancer

Among the various other kinds of cancers for which turkey tail mushrooms are assumed to be effective, breast cancer is one in which results from real life have already been presented. An old woman of 83 years has been known to be living a disease-free life after she added turkey tail mushroom capsules to her daily regime along with chemotherapy. The explanation that is presented is that the immune system of the patient got boosted up by recognition of the cancerous tumor, which in turn greatly increased the efficiency of the chemotherapy.

11. Improve bone health

Another health benefit of turkey tail mushrooms is that they are good for bone health. Not just this, but studies have shown that they can also help in regenerating bone marrow.

12. Treat human papilloma virus

Human papillomavirus (hpv) is an infection which is known to be treated by turkey tail mushrooms within a reasonably short time of consumption, approximately two months.

Turkey tail mushrooms are well known for their medicinal purposes because of which they are a sought-after product among the leading pharmaceutical companies. Researches are going on throughout the world to dig out more treasures this mushroom has to offer.

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Turkey Tail Mushroom

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur
Turkey Tail Mushroom

Among 720 species of mushrooms, turkey tail mushrooms are known for their therapeutic purposes. Mushrooms are a favorite among many people for their taste. But it is often unknown to common people that mushrooms have great medicinal values as well. In fact, there are many kinds of mushrooms which have been used in asia since a very long time for medicinal purposes. Mushrooms are usually harvested in areas of their natural growth. However, throughout the years it has been possible for mankind to cultivate them and use them for their own purposes for quite a number of years now.

Turkey tail mushrooms

Several kinds of research and experiments have been going on for a number of years now around the globe regarding the benefits and uses of turkey tail mushrooms. It has been an active ingredient of chinese medicinal tea. The benefits of turkey tail mushrooms are far-fetched, recently vigorous research work is going on in many universities like in bastyr university to find out whether the turkey tail mushrooms are effective and efficient for the treatment of the deadly disease of cancer. The research is mainly going on in collaboration with bastyr university with the university of washington and a few other renowned universities of the world. The research is funded by nih (national institutes of health). The mushroom under discussion is found in abundance in forests throughout the world. The numerous health benefits that turkey tail mushrooms can offer have not yet been fathomed by scientific trials across the world.

Turkey tail mushrooms are known for their numerous health benefits. These mushrooms are commonly found in the woodlands of europe and china. They are usually found to grow in large colonies. Turkey tail mushrooms are generally multi-colored and have concentric bands of contrasting shades. They appear in shades of black, brown, gray, red, white or blue. The body is thin and velvety with a fruiting nature. Because of their capability to form wavy rosettes, they have the name of turkey tails.

Nutritional value of turkey tail mushrooms

Turkey tail mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals and thus improve the health and add greatly to the nutritional content of the diet. They are great sources of potassium as well as riboflavin. The content of niacin in this type of mushroom is also very high. Turkey tail mushrooms also contain pantothenic acid, phosphorus, and even copper.

The turkey tail mushrooms are devoid of fat and caffeine. The content of sodium in this mushroom is also reasonably low. This kind of mushroom is also free from cholesterol and gluten and are low in calories. Turkey tail mushrooms contain 18 types of amino acids, ergo sterol and beta glucans of 1/3 and 1/6. Ergo sterol gets converted to vitamin d on exposure to the sun.

Health benefits of turkey tail mushrooms

There are many health benefits of turkey tail mushrooms, these include the prevention of cold, support during chemotherapy, control of diabetes, reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and more. Let us discuss them in detail below:

1. Prevent and treat cold

Because of the strong anti-viral and anti-microbial properties of turkey tail mushrooms, they can fight away various infections caused by these microbes, including common cold and flu. They greatly improve the immunity of the system and thus make them stronger to fight against disease causing germs. It is a good idea to include turkey tail in the diet when the season of flu draws nearer. The turkey tail mushroom modulates the immune system to act in a stronger way in fighting infections and germs.

2. Provide support during chemotherapy

The role of turkey tail mushroom in providing support to cancer patients has been under research for a long time now by the most renowned universities in the world. Several patients who are now undertaking chemotherapy have been adding turkey tail mushroom to their diet. The results have started showing up in cases of prostate and breast cancer already. It is known that the immune system of the body gets suppressed under chemotherapy. But turkey tail mushrooms build up the immune system and thus help in making up for the weakness caused by chemotherapy. The stronger immune system also helps in fighting strongly against the deadly cancer cells, thereby turkey tail mushroom is a potent cancer-fighting food.

3. Control diabetes

Turkey tail mushroom helps in reducing diabetes by lowering the level of glucose in the body.

4. Reduce inflammations

Turkey tail mushrooms are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The inclusion of turkey tail mushrooms in the diet help in reduction of inflammations both internal and external.

5. Rich in antioxidants

Being rich in antioxidants, it helps in protection of the body from the harmful uv radiations of the sun. They also block the free radicals that result in aging. Thus, it slows down the process of aging. Being rich in vitamin e, it also acts towards making the skin better and cleansing it naturally.

6. Lower cholesterol

High cholesterol leads to various kind of heart diseases. Turkey tail mushrooms help in reducing the levels of cholesterol by adding it in the daily diet.

7. Aid digestion

The mycelium is that part of the mushroom which enables a person to have a smooth process of digestion. The microbiome gets assisted by the prebiotic content of the turkey tail mushrooms. This implies that the growth of the good and beneficial bacteria in the body is enhanced which includes acidophilus as well as bifidobacterium. It also helps in the treatment of the leaky gut syndrome. The process might also help in losing weight.

8. Help in aids

Kaposi’s sarcoma is a kind of skin cancer which affects the patients who suffer from hiv/aids. Researchers from around the world have revealed that consumption of turkey tail mushroom along with east african wild mushrooms with medicinal uses help in treating this situation. It is also beneficial for patients suffering from hiv/aids without the skin cancer.

9. Reduce hypertension

Hypertension or increase in blood pressure occurs due to the rise in pressure in the arteries carrying blood. Turkey tail mushrooms help in reducing the pressure, and thus hypertension.

10. Treat breast cancer

Among the various other kinds of cancers for which turkey tail mushrooms are assumed to be effective, breast cancer is one in which results from real life have already been presented. An old woman of 83 years has been known to be living a disease-free life after she added turkey tail mushroom capsules to her daily regime along with chemotherapy. The explanation that is presented is that the immune system of the patient got boosted up by recognition of the cancerous tumor, which in turn greatly increased the efficiency of the chemotherapy.

11. Improve bone health

Another health benefit of turkey tail mushrooms is that they are good for bone health. Not just this, but studies have shown that they can also help in regenerating bone marrow.

12. Treat human papilloma virus

Human papillomavirus (hpv) is an infection which is known to be treated by turkey tail mushrooms within a reasonably short time of consumption, approximately two months.

Turkey tail mushrooms are well known for their medicinal purposes because of which they are a sought-after product among the leading pharmaceutical companies. Researches are going on throughout the world to dig out more treasures this mushroom has to offer.
 

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Mushrooms - 6 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating Them Today!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, B.Sc Home Science (hons)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ludhiana
Mushrooms - 6 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating Them Today!

Mushroom is a type of fungi that hails from the Agaricus family. It is estimated that there are close to 1,40,000 types of mushroom, out of which science has been able to classify only 100 odd mushrooms for health benefits. From cutting down cholesterols to preventing cancers, increasing the strength of the immune system to helping in weight loss, there are numerous health benefits of mushroom. This article will explore why mushrooms are regarded so highly by health practitioners across the globe:

  1. Cholesterol levels: Mushroom does not possess any fat or cholesterol. They are rich in lean protein, fiber, and some very important enzyme. The lean protein found in mushroom helps to burn down the LDL cholesterol. Furthermore, it creates a good balance of LDL and HDL cholesterol so that the body can refrain from stroke, atherosclerosis etc.
  2. Preventing cancer: Mushrooms are mighty effective in blocking certain cancer types such as the breast and prostate cancer. Owing to their high linoleic acid and beta-glucans, they act as a very good anti-carcinogen. While linoleic acid can successfully suppress the excess estrogen which leads to breast cancer in women, the beta glucans can suppress the growth of cancer cells in the case of a prostate cancer.
  3. Diabetes: Mushroom is an ideal food for a diabetic patient. They do not possess cholesterol, consists of low fat, have high protein and a lot of minerals and vitamins. Apart from this, mushrooms possess a lot of fiber and water. The most critical component, however, is the natural insulin that mushroom has within itself. They help to break down the starch found in food items. Mushrooms have certain components that help in the proper functioning of the liver, endocrine gland etc. It ensures that the proper balance of insulin is maintained in the body.
  4. Bone health: Mushroom is a very good source of calcium. They ensure that adequate strength of various bones is maintained in the body. Regular intake of mushroom can ensure safeguard an individual from conditions such as osteoporosis, joint pain, and immobility.
  5. Blood Pressure: Mushroom variety such as the maitake and the shitake has a high amount of potassium content. The latter can successfully relax the blood vessels thereby, reducing the blood pressure. Increased potassium content also helps in knowledge retention and an improved memory. High blood pressure, on the other hand, can cause severe damage such as strokes, heart attacks etc.
  6. Selenium content: Selenium component is mushroom is one of the key ways to receive selenium for a vegetarian. Selenium helps in strengthening the bone, nail, tooth and hair. Selenium is also considered to be a very powerful antioxidant that can successfully get rid of free radicals in the body and strengthen the immune system. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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Table of Content

Mushroom
Nutritional Value of Mushroom
Health Benefits of Mushroom
Helps to fight cancer
Helps lower cholesterol levels
Good for your heart
Helps to treat anemia
Good for your bones
Helps to prevent inflammation
Increases absorption of iron
Improves body immunity
Aids in weight loss
Uses of Mushroom
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mushroom
Cultivation of Mushroom