Should You Eat Mushrooms to Boost Your Brain and Immune System?
Yes, and Here’s Why
It was a brisk, breezy, sunny day at the farmer’s market. The rows of colorful fruits and vegetables displayed were a sight to behold. Every available booth was staffed by expert growers eager to sell their products and share their knowledge and wisdom, giving shoppers an opportunity to learn more about what they were buying. It felt like everyone was vibing and in good spirits as they enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere of the market. LJ smiled and nodded, recognizing the music that filled the air with a joyful, friendly, and energizing rhythm.
He paused to look at his shopping list. As he looked up from it, one particular stand caught his eye. It displayed some of the most luscious mushrooms you could imagine. Lions Mane, Shiitakes, Chanterelles, Porcini, Morels, and many more all there to be seen, admired, and purchased. Each mushroom variety had unique characteristics that made it stand out. The variety was impressive; this mushroom display had something for everyone.
LJ walked over, drawn by the earthy aroma.
“Hi, I’m Miriam. You look a bit overwhelmed. Are you looking for any mushrooms in particular?”
“Yes, I thought I knew what I wanted, but I’m not so sure anymore after seeing all these choices. My wife and I want to eat more mushrooms because of their health benefits. And we want ones that taste good too.”
“You’ve come to the right booth,” laughed Miriam. “Let’s start with what they are.”
“Mushrooms are a fruit fungus with many nutritional and medicinal health benefits. They are a great source of plant-based protein. They contain many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help combat inflammation, heart disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Besides being rich in essential nutrients such as Vitamin D, mushrooms also contain compounds linked to improved immunity and better digestion. So, you definitely want to increase their presence in your diet.”
She smiled and picked up a large shaggy mushroom. “This is Lion’s Mane. It has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. They contain two active compounds, hericenones, and erinacines, which studies show can help to reduce inflammation, boost cognitive…