Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are not only good for your taste buds; they are also rich in nutrients that may greatly benefit your body.

Oyster mushrooms are high in ergothioneine, which is an antioxidant produced uniquely by fungi.  This antioxidant helps protect cells in your body.  Studies have found cooking oyster mushroom does not reduce the level of this antioxidant.  There are also many other nutritional values in oyster mushrooms, such as zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, vitamin B1 and B2.

There are only 42 calories in one cup of oyster mushrooms, which makes them a great alternative for low-calorie intake diet.  It’s a great protein and fiber source for all diets, especially for plant-based diets.  They are truly vegans and vegetarians friendly.

Source: www.livestrong.com

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) are peculiar looking mushrooms that are abundant in nutritional values.  Numerous studies have shown lion’s mane mushroom may help protect against dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, in mice.  Another study has shown continuing consumption of lion’s mane mushroom extract can significantly improve mental functioning.

It is also studied and widely believed that lion’s mane mushroom can help to relieve mild symptoms of depression and anxiety.  This goes hand in hand with another potential benefit of improving your nervous system with regular consumption of lion’s mane mushroom/extract.

There are many more benefits of lion’s mane mushrooms, which can be found here www.healthline.com.  To reap these benefits, start including these beautiful and delicious mushrooms as a part of your daily diet.

Lingzhi aka Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a tropical fungi that is typically found in Asia. A staple in Eastern medicine for centuries, the consumption of lingzhi is known for improving your immune system. “Research in cancer patients has shown that some of the molecules found in the mushroom can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells. Natural killer cells fight infections and cancer in the body.”

Similarly, anti-cancer properties are found in linghzi. It is said lingzhi can also improve your heart health, blood sugar control and a boost in antioxidant.

Lingzhi’s natural flavor is quite bitter. Therefore, the typical method of consumption are through tea and dietary supplement in capsule form. Dried lingzhi is also used in Eastern Medicine in soup form.

Source: www.healthline.com