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Why You Should Be Eating More Porcini Mushrooms

porcini mushrooms in Italian dishes

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  • Mushrooms are a good source of fiber, vitamins B and C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and zinc, as well as the master antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione
  • Ergothioneine appears to have a very specific role in protecting your DNA from oxidative damage, while glutathione is important for detoxification of heavy metals and other contaminants
  • Ergothioneine and glutathione are considered important antiaging compounds that may offer protection against age-related conditions such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s
  • Wild ceps, aka porcini mushrooms, contain the highest amounts of ergothioneine and glutathione of the 13 mushrooms tested, but even white button contains more of these antioxidants than most other foods
  • Mushrooms high in glutathione are also high in ergothioneine, and both compounds are heat stable, so cooking mushrooms does not significantly affect their health benefits

By Dr. Mercola

Aside from being rich in valuable nutrients such as fiber, vitamins B and C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and zinc, mushrooms are also excellent sources of antioxidants, including some that are entirely unique to mushrooms. Ergothioneine and glutathione, both of which are found in mushrooms, are recognized as "master antioxidants" that inhibit oxidative stress. Both are considered important antiaging compounds.


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