Heart and circulation
Skin, hair and eyes
Vitamins: B1, B2, niacin
Minerals: zinc, iron, selenium, potassium, phosphorous and copper
Mushrooms are the edible part of fungi. They are an excellent source of easily absorbed protein, containing more than most other vegetables.
Being a good source of B12, mushrooms should be an essential part of the vegetarian’s diet, who can have the tendency for low levels. Like iron deficiency, lack of B12 can show up as anemia.
The high zinc level of mushrooms may be helpful in the treatment depression, as zinc deficiency can be a major contributor.
One of the best plant sources of selenium is found in mushrooms, which has several health benefits including promoting: healthy hair and skin, proper thyroid function and anti-inflammatory properties.
Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, which is vital for converting energy in food.
Eating mushrooms when suffering a cold is advisable as they have antibiotic properties.
Having a fleshy texture, mushrooms can be enjoyed in many types of savoury cooking and are especially good as an economical meat replacement.