Healthy Tip: A mushroom a day keeps the doctor away.

A borrowed expression: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Although apples are a good source of low caloric micronutrients, there is a super-food that goes one step better, the lowly mushroom in that it is also a cancer preventative.

Mushrooms are not even a fruit but a fungus. However, for centuries many Asian societies have relished this delicacy for its flavor and have gotten a health benefit to boot.

Mushrooms are low in calories and high in micronutrients. They are a good source of B vitamins, such as riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid, and the essential minerals, selenium, copper and potassium.

Mushrooms are also an Angiogenesis inhibitor which means they inhibit the formation of additional blood vessels. The body typically forms new blood vessels to feed growing fat cells and cancer grows blood vessels to feed itself. If you inhibit the blood cell growth, you inhibit the growth of theses unwanted conditions.

Finally mushrooms will boost your immune system and help to fight cancers.

Back in the 1980’s some doctors have included shiitake mushrooms in a special cancer fighting mixture. Studies out Arizona State University found that mushrooms dramatically boost the overall immune system. Simple white button mushrooms were every bit as potent as the exotic varieties in their study.

However, there are other theories that favor the edible wild mushrooms out of Asia such as Shiitake, Cordyceps, Maitake, or Reishi. They contain powerful polysaccharides that have a more powerful effect on immunity.

So, pick your favorite mushroom variety and enjoy. You don’t need much, as little as one mushroom per day will provide a health benefit. Bon Appétit.

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