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Our goal it to expose you to the many benefits of Fungi. With all the available research findings on the health properties of mushrooms, we list a few that you may not be aware of..

Antioxidants are naturally occurring food compounds that help protect cells from UV and other substances that can damage them. They also work hard to help keep immunes systems working at their best. Particularly important at the moment. Mushrooms are quite an array of antioxidants, also known as flavonoids and polyphenols (specifically, these include catechin, myricetin, quercetin and kaempferol). As mushrooms are classified in the diet as fungi, rather than a vegetable, they are one of the few non-plant foods rich in antioxidants.
Beta-glucan is a soluble type of fibre that you will read about on labels of oat-based cereals that promote heart health. Beta-glucan binds with cholesterol as it moves through the large bowel, lowering cholesterol levels in the body. While oats are an excellent source of beta-glucan, food scientists have analysed mushrooms and found they contain almost double the amount of beta-glucan as an equivalent serve of oats.
Chitin is unique pre-biotic rich carbohydrate structure that makes up the cell wall of the mushroom. Prebiotics are a type of fibre found in plant foods that provide an essential source of fermentable food for the trillions of good gut bacteria that work inside our gut to keep it and our bodies healthy.
Vitamin D is a vitamin essential for growing bones, and mushrooms are one of the few foods that provide a good source of vitamin D, with levels increasing 10-fold when the mushrooms are left out on the kitchen bench and exposed to natural light. It is a vitamin that many people are deficient in and adding UV light exposed mushrooms will help build strong bones.
Mushrooms are full of protective type antioxidants, including one called ergothioneine. Nutrition researchers have been excited by it as it seems that it has quite a potent role in helping to protect our DNA, brain, skin and other cells in the body. It is now used as an ingredient in some skin creams, and diets rich in ergothioneine have are associated with a lower risk of neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson disease.