Magical Mushrooms


With the Canberra Truffle Season in full swing let’s look at some of the amazing health benefits of mushrooms.

 

Button Mushrooms

Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable source of vitamin D, a vitamin in which one third of Australians are deficient. Just like our skin, mushrooms can convert sunlight into Vitamin D. Australian research has shown that placing mushrooms in sunlight for an hour boosts the Vitamin D content sufficiently to help us fight osteoporosis, boost our immune systems and help prevent heart disease and type two diabetes. Wow! 

 

Portobello Mushrooms

We usually associate anti-oxidants rich foods with colourful vegetable and fruits like berries and peppers. However, the more demure but nevertheless stylish Portobello mushrooms have the same oxygen radical absorbing capacity of red peppers boosting your immune system, your memory and your mood.

 

Shitake

A staple of Asian cuisine these fleshy and flavourful mushrooms are a powerhouse of health boosting properties. They contain eritadenine a cholesterol lowering substance as well as lentinan which has anti-tumour properties and has been used to treat cancer. Shitakes are also used to protect the liver, relive gallstones and stomach ulcers and have antiviral and antibacterial effects. 

 

Reishi

Reishi mushrooms are woody, hard and bitter so don’t pop them in your stir-fry! However being known as the ‘Mushroom of Immortatlity’, means they have some serious health kudos. Taken in the form of an extract or capsule, reishi mushroom is used to boost immune function, reduce inflammation and allergies and inhibit tumour growth. Ask your naturopath about dosage and suitability. 

 

Black Perigord Truffles

Whilst high in protein and low in fat, this most precious of mushrooms (technically an underground mushroom without stems) doesn’t really register on the nutritional hall of fame. However, with their alluring aroma and deliciously delicate taste, truffles enliven the senses and may for a short moment bring you ever so pleasantly into the moment. Which in our busy lives is surely one of the most important health benefits of all.

However, with their alluring aroma and deliciously delicate taste, truffles enliven the senses and may for a short moment bring you ever so pleasantly into the moment. Which in our busy lives is surely one of the most important health benefits of all.