Benefits of mushrooms, 5 reasons why you must include this superfood in your diet

Benefits of mushrooms: This superfood can boost brain and bone health, prevent common cold, and help in weight loss. Here are some of its most important benefits as proven by research.
Benefits of mushrooms: A versatile superfood loaded with vitamins, mushrooms promote a healthy immune system and boost your weight loss efforts.(Shutterstock)
Benefits of mushrooms: A versatile superfood loaded with vitamins, mushrooms promote a healthy immune system and boost your weight loss efforts.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 03, 2018 08:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Mushrooms don’t just taste nice. They also pack a nutritional punch as they are loaded with vitamins, promote a healthy immune system and boost your bone health. That’s why they are considered as a superfood. And for those looking for weight loss benefits, mushrooms contain no cholesterol or gluten either. Here are some of its scientifically proven benefits:

A study done by researchers at the University of Malaya in Malaysia found that including mushrooms in your diet can improve the health of your brain as it may enhance cerebral nerve growth and significantly cut the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Mushroom coffee is a popular fad that believes the beverage is anti-inflammatory, can regulate blood sugar levels and boost metabolism.

A team of Penn State researchers found that mushrooms are rich in antioxidants that could be used fight ageing and boost general health. The study suggests that mushrooms have high amounts of ergothioneine and glutathione, both important antioxidants, said Professor Robert Beelman.

Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D. A deficiency of the vitamin can cause a slowdown of your metabolism.

They are high in beta-glucans which can fend off a cold by destroying disease-causing cells, and boost the immune system which has been weakened by chronic illness.

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