Mushrooms, natural shields for the winter


Fungi and the immune system 

According to research carried out by a team from Arizona State University in collaboration with another research group funded by Pennsylvania State University, mushrooms contain minerals that favor the development of immune system. This property is enhanced in white colored mushrooms, which also have discrete anticancer qualities. What happens when the immune system gets too tired? The most evident symptoms are chronic fatigue, ease of getting sick, digestive system disorders, breathing difficulties, skin problems.



All these signs should not be underestimated, especially in children at a time when the resumption of school activity may have created stress. The encounter with viruses and bacteria in the winter phase should not find them fragile from the point of view of the "immune armor". 

You can enjoy them fresh or added to pasta or rice or cooked in stews. Most mushrooms consist of a fruiting body, stem and cap (aerial part) and an underground part, the mycelium, which consists of a dense network that can have an extension of several meters, formed by thin filaments called ife, which develop the function of absorbing nutrients from the soil. 

 

The nutritional profile of mushrooms and brewer's yeast 

If we look at the nutritional profile, we discover that mushrooms are made up of 90% water, 3% protein and 3-5% carbohydrates (glycogen). The mineral content is very high; in particular they are a natural reservoir of phosphorus, potassium, salts that our cells love and recognize easily. Mushrooms are also rich in vitamins A and B and in fiber. 


I know if you seriously meditate on a immunostimulating diet, mushrooms should be eaten 2-3 times a week. If you buy dried mushrooms try to keep them in a vacuum bag and avoid consuming them one year after harvesting. 



A very well known and special mushroom is the brewer's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) which is used fresh or dry for the preparation of beers and for the process that leads to the production of bread. This mushroom is rich in active ingredients, contains minerals, lipids, proteins, vitamins such as those of group B, provitamin D, vitamin E and H. In case of food poisoning, anemia, colitis, constipation and acne it is excellent as it is pure nourishment for immune cells. In some cases it can be taken for a month in the morning in a capsule or sachet. 


 

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