Liz Earle Wellbeing

3 ways with MUSH ROOMS

Rich in antioxidants and vitamin D, and with increasing research showing its brain-boosting properties, the mighty mushroom is more than just a delicious autumnal ingredient. We explore some of the health benefits of this quiet superfood as it comes into abundance this season.

Damage defence

Made up of mainly protein and fibre, mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins as well as selenium – an antioxidant that helps support the immune system and protect cells from free radical damage.

Concentrations of this antioxidant depend largely on the type of soil the mushrooms are grown in. However, a recent study has also shown that cooking methods can impact selenium levels. While boiling and frying were shown to negatively impact a mushroom’s nutritional profile, grilling and microwaving mushrooms significantly boost their antioxidant activity.

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