5 Surprising Benefits of Mushrooms.

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Random Facts About Mushrooms.

  • There is a type of mushroom that tastes like fried chicken.
  • The Amanita Muscaria can cause hallucinations where you feel larger or the world feels larger.
  • There are more than 75 species that glow in the dark.
  • Over 200 species of mushrooms contain “psilocybin” the main ingredient which causes hallucinations.
  • Mushrooms can become very large. There is one called “Armillaria Bulbosa”. One was found in a Michigan forest that weighs as much as a blue whale! It was spawned by a single spore more than 1500 years ago.
  • They are a natural pesticide. They repel over 200,000 species of insect.
  • Human beings have been tripping on mushrooms for a long time. Maybe as far back as 9,000 BCE.
  • In ancient Egyptian society, mushrooms were revered as the plant of immortality. Only royalty ate them.
  • Rare European white truffle is the world’s most expensive mushroom. The cost can exceed 2,200 Euros per 1 pound!
  • Before trees overtook the land, Earth was covered by giant mushrooms – about 24 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
  • The Death Cap mushroom not only looks safe, it tastes nice, and gives no symptoms of poisoning until after it has already destroyed your liver and kidneys. Nice! Check out this YouTube video for more information.
  • https://youtu.be/P938rF2yhH8
  • Mushrooms are more closely related in DNA to humans than most plants. Modern technology has shown that both animals and fungi share the common ancestor that branched away from plants 1.1 billion years ago.
  • Mushrooms have a very small environmental footprint because they convert waste and byproducts from other agricultural sectors into compost to help them grow.

5 Surprising Benefits of Mushrooms.

1. The antioxidant content in mushrooms may help to prevent lung, prostate, breast, and other types of cancer. A study that was conducted from 1966 to 2020 of 19,500 participants showed there was a 45% lower risk of cancer in those who ate 18g of mushrooms every day than those who didn’t. Specifically, breast cancer.

More research is needed and currently, there is other research to test if mushrooms can slow down or prevent prostate cancer.

2. They can help to lower your cholesterol levels.

3. There is evidence that they may be beneficial in the treatment and management of Alzheimer’s.

4. Mushrooms are a good source of potassium which can regulate your blood pressure and this may decrease your risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

5. They may lower the risk of getting depression. Research by the Penn State College of Medicine carried out between 2015-2016 on 24,000 U.S. adults revealed that those who regularly ate mushrooms had a reduced likelihood of having depression.

This could be because mushrooms contain an antioxidant known as ‘ergothioneine’ which may offer some protection against cell and tissue damage in your body. Ergothioneine may reduce the risk of oxidative stress, therefore reducing the symptoms of depression.

I find that mushrooms are incredibly versatile. I can eat them in anything! Apparently, they are healthier grilled or microwaved, rather than fried. Some articles state that some mushrooms are safe enough to eat raw but others advised against eating them raw.

You can pick mushrooms in the wild and eat them but only if you’re an expert. Well, you wouldn’t want to eat a Death Cap mushroom, would you!

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Ps. Just to let you know I’m taking a break from blogging and my socials. Therefore, my next post will be published on the 1st October.

Thank you again for all your interest and support. X

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Sources: m.ranker.com, justfunfacts.com, kickassfacts.com, foryourhungrybrains.com, bbcgoodfood.com, healthline.com, medicalnewstoday.com, americanmushroom.org, medicalexpress.com

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