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6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Adding Mushrooms to Your Family Meals

Have you ever taken the time to admire the tiny mushrooms poking out from beneath your spinach salad? You can do so by consuming more of them. Mushrooms are an exception to the rule that white foods are poor in nutrients. Many minerals, such as selenium, potassium, copper, iron, and phosphorus, are rarely present in plant-based meals. But the following reasons are enough for you to start adding mushrooms to your family diet-

1. Mushrooms may help you age gracefully

According to a 2017 Penn State research, mushrooms have an extremely high content of two antioxidants, ergothioneine and glutathione. When these antioxidants are concentrated in the same place, they work even harder to offer protection from the physiological stress that promotes the appearance of aging signs such as wrinkles.

2. Mushrooms can help your brain age gracefully

These two antioxidants (ergothioneine and glutathione) may also aid in the prevention of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. To lower your chance of neurological impairment in the future, they recommend consuming at least 5 button mushrooms each day. Microwaving or grilling the mushrooms will help to keep their nutritional value.

3. Mushrooms may help you remember things

Another advantage of mushrooms for the mind: In a 2019 study, scientists at the National University of Singapore discovered that consuming two 3/4 cup meals of sauteed mushrooms each week could lower your risk of mild cognitive loss.

4. Mushrooms are good for your heart

Because mushrooms possess glutamate ribonucleotides, they improve the flavor of recipes when used instead of salt. These chemicals give food a savory, umami flavor while having no effect on blood pressure and heart disease risk. A cup of mushrooms contains only 5 mg of sodium! Mushrooms are also a delicious and fulfilling substitute for red meat in any recipe, removing calories, fat, and cholesterol.

5. Mushrooms can help you build stronger bones

Take a packet labeled "UVB" from the grocer. Why is that? UVB-labeled mushrooms were exposed to sunshine during their growing period (as opposed to mushrooms cultivated in the shade) and so transformed ergosterol straight into vitamin D. This means that consuming just 3 ounces of UVB-exposed mushrooms will provide you with enough vitamin D to meet your daily needs while also improving your bone health.

6. Mushrooms might make you feel more energized

Folate [B9], thiamine [B1], riboflavin [B2], pantothenic acid [B5], and niacin [B3] are all found in mushrooms. These aid the body's use of energy from meals and the production of red blood cells, which transport oxygen throughout the body.

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