Importance of Mushrooms in Nutrition and Medicine

Mushrooms are the richest source of protein and are suitable for human consumption. They are flesy fruiting bodies of higher fungi. Mushrooms also used in medicine traditionally, which may help to prevent heart diseases, diabetes, cancer and obesity.



Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of higher fungi like Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes. There are about 7,000 species of mushroom, but a little over 100 species are suitable for human consumption. Mushrooms are fleshy fungi, which are generally used as fragility from the time immemorial. Mushroom constitutes a perfect source for reducing body weight. Mushroom contains more protein than in foodstuffs like potato, carrot, dates, and beet. Modern system has made possible to grow mushrooms under control and semi-control conditions. There are some species of mushrooms which are poisonous. Eating such kinds can be very risky to our health. Many varieties of mushroom are grown commercially in mushroom farms and sold them to market. The necessary to cultivate mushroom on large scale is only for commercial value. People who collect mushroom for consumption are called mycophagists.


Nutritive value:

Mushrooms are the richest source of vegetable proteins. They contain 31-40% of proteins. The percentage of protein is much higher than in cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables.  The proteins of mushrooms contain all essential amino acids and their quantity is higher than in the egg. They are the good source of iron. Mushroom contains minerals like calcium, potassium, sodium and phosphorous, and vitamins like B, C, D, and K. Mushroom contains niacin, which is ten times higher than any other vegetables. Mushrooms make an excellent food for diabetic and heart patients.

Mushrooms in medicine:

Mushrooms have long been used in medicines traditionally. Mushroom contains a group of compounds that act on the immune system of human. The folic acid present in mushroom is used in the treatment of anemia. The ratio of sodium: potassium, calorific and starch is low in mushroom, so it is suitable for people with hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, and obesity. Mushrooms are getting a higher profile for containing anti-oxidants. It has been proved in many research centers that mushroom may help to prevent breast cancer, high cholesterol and other diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity.


Mushrooms are also used as food sources. Many varieties of mushroom are used to prepare delicious recipes. Mushrooms have made their way to our dining tables.



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  1. great share^^

  2. The Romans served mushrooms at feasts, and believed they gave their warriors unusual strength. In Eastern Asia, herbalists recommend eating shiitake mushrooms for a long and healthy life. Enjoyed this read Sambhafusia :-)

  3. Good post. I love mushrooms which is just as well as I am vegetarian.

  4. Interesting, I love mushrooms.

  5. Good article

  6. very interesting article

  7. Very interesting. I did not know this.

  8. thank you… I love all types of mushrooms.. and now I will continue to eat them… favourite is button mushroom.

  9. Great share

  10. Great post on the medicinal role mushroom plays in our lives. I love mushroom inside my favorite shrimp scampi dish.

  11. I thought mushrooms were only for decoration and had no or little nutritional value. Little did I know that mushrooms are this good for you.

  12. Great Post…well written….

  13. Very interesting article

  14. thanks for sharing sadly i dont like mushrooms

  15. I love mushrooms too especially when making spaghetti sauce.

  16. This is enlightening. Thanks.

  17. Interesting article

  18. Good post, thanks for sharing.

  19. Wonderful post about mushrooms. I love button mushrooms!

  20. Good Post, Thanks For Sharing.

  21. thanks for sharing :)

  22. your advise is right on the money, mushrooms are good and nutritous.

  23. Good one. I’ve always loved mushrooms.

  24. This analysis is well done and informative.

  25. thanks well done

  26. Good article and very informative.

  27. great thanks for sharing

  28. Nicely written article with matching photo………I like it…….

  29. Very informatice thanks for sharing!

  30. I love mushroom. Wonderful info.

  31. I Like mushroom very much. We Indonesians usually use it in soup :)

  32. very informative. I love crispy mushrooms.

  33. Good health tips.

  34. mushrooms are very nutritive friends..have it and maintain a good health.

  35. Useful Info

  36. where are the magic kind,:)

  37. Great post! Lucky I love mushrooms, especially wild mushrooms freshly picked in a forest.

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  42. Nice work on the benefits of mushrooms. They are good too.

  43. amazing information came to read agian

  44. amazing information came again to read

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  46. i too like spaghetti sauce 8shei8..hav mushroom regularly in ur diet to maintain good health dear..

  47. Mushrooms are delicious.
    I also love the trippy ones though!

  48. good article

  49. I love adding mushrooms to my dishes when cooking. It’s good to know these facts. Thanks

  50. Informative!

  51. I love mushrooms but we only use one kind. Good post!

  52. Cool! thanks for sharing.

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  58. Excellent!!!!!!!! Very informative.

  59. good information , i real like mushroom to eat and grow as well, currently i am studying mushroom science……..

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