Saturday 30 May, 2020

Botanical Roots: Why you should eat mushrooms

iStock photo of mushrooms sautéed in a carbon steel skillet.

iStock photo of mushrooms sautéed in a carbon steel skillet.

Recent studies have suggested that foods rich in vitamin D could assist in warding off the effects of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) which has changed life around the globe, infecting millions and killing nearly 290,000 people so far.

Vitamin D is more common in meats and can also be had through 25-minute stints in the sun as not many fruits and vegetables contain the vital nutrient.

However, mushroom is loaded with vitamin D and is a good to eat at this time. Doctors who have treated COVID-19 patients in the United states have encouraged consumption of vitamin D, noting that those who have a high content of the substance in their system have fought off the virus and recovered at a relatively higher rate.

Mushrooms are edible fungus that vary from puffballs to truffles. However, care must be taken as some mushrooms are poisonous.

Mushrooms contain protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These can have various health benefits.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the antioxidant content in mushrooms may help prevent lung, prostate, breast, and other types of cancer.

Mushrooms are also a very good food to combat the effects of diabetes, while the fibre, potassium, and vitamin C in the food item may contribute to better heart health.

Mushrooms are also helpful for pregnant mothers and their unborn babies as it is a natural source of folate which is often recommended by doctors to expectant mothers.

Eating mushrooms are also beneficial to improving memory, muscle movement and building red blood cells.

So in this age of COVID-19, do your best to consume foods that will give you a fighting chance to stay alive. Keep returning to your botanical roots.

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