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Mushrooms truly are amazing.

They are a ‘nutritional powerhouse’... The ‘superstars’ of nutrition!

Their meaty texture provides a totally credible alternative to meat. However, it is their nutritional make-up that really sets them apart.

Mushrooms, just like meat, contain protein. They also contain lots of good stuff and none of the bad stuff…

Mushrooms are FAT-FREE, CHOLESTEROL-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE and are VERY LOW IN SODIUM.

And if that wasn’t compelling enough, mushrooms also provide an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Numerous mushroom species contain ‘beta-glucans’, which have shown marked immunity-stimulating effects, contribute to resistance against allergies and may also play their part in physiological processes related to the metabolism of fats and sugars in the body. The beta-glucans contained in oyster, shiitake and split-gill mushrooms are thought to be most effective.

Mushrooms: vitamins and minerals

Pantothenic acid

Helps with the production of hormones and also plays an important role in the nervous system.

Riboflavin

Helps maintain healthy red blood cells.

Niacin

Promotes healthy skin and makes sure the digestive and nervous systems function properly.

Selenium

A mineral that works as an antioxidant to protect body cells from damage that might lead to heart disease, some cancers and other diseases of aging. It has also been found to be important for the immune system and fertility in men.

Ergothioneine

A naturally occurring antioxidant that also may help protect the body’s cells.

Copper

Helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Copper also keeps bones and nerves healthy.

Potassium

An important mineral most people rarely get enough of. It aids in the maintenance of normal fluid and mineral balance, which helps control blood pressure. It also plays a role in making sure nerves and muscles, including the heart, function properly.

Vitamin D

Produced naturally by the body when it is exposed to sunlight. People often don’t get enough Vitamin D in the Northern hemisphere, especially over the winter months.  Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphate, which is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It is found in oily fish, red meat, eggs and mushrooms. Interestingly, if you leave mushrooms on a window ledge in sunlight the Vitamin D content increases dramatically!