Plant Magazine of Botanical-online September 2017

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Minerals in mushrooms

What are the main minerals in mushrooms?

MINERAL CONTENT OF MUSHROOMS

Are mushrooms rich in minerals?

Mushrooms nutritionally stand out because they contain a lot of minerals and vitamins.

They are a good source of potassium (About 1.5%). Potassium is very interesting in the balance of body fluids. This mineral is a counterpoint to sodium so it helps to remove body fluids by increasing urination. Potassium helps reduce fluid retention and appropriate in other anomalies in which increased urination may be convenient: arthritis, gout, obesity, etc

In addition to potassium mushrooms contain a lot of phosphorus (About 1.5%). Phosphorus that is so necessary in the formation of teeth and bones, it also helps to perform mental activities or to maintain the calmest body, avoiding stress. A dish of mushrooms can help benefit students or young people in their school work.

Mushrooms specially stand out because of its high content in selenium

Selenium reaches in some mushrooms a proportion of more than 20 mg per 100 g weight.

Selenium plays a role as an antioxidant, preventing degeneration of cells by free radicals. Currently extensive studies are being conducted on the importance of this mineral in cancer prevention.

Good levels of selenium are needed to maintain good fertility, both male and female. (It helps to increase testosterone levels and sperm count in men and protects the ova from free radicals).

Selenium helps decontaminate the body of heavy metals, making it suitable for smokers or people living in highly contaminated sites. Since the recommended RDA is about 50 g, 100 g of cremini mushrooms cover half the daily requirements. Mushrooms, along with beef, fish, seafood, garlic or asparagus are the richest food in selenium

Mushrooms are rich in copper

Copper is a mineral that helps keep the immune system, the vascular system and the nervous system in good condition. Good levels of copper are necessary for the proper functioning of the mind and for proper development of the fetus during pregnancy.

Mushrooms are, along with cereals, nuts, peas, potatoes and grapes the main plant foods rich in this mineral. Non-vegetarians can turn to meat, liver and seafood as good sources of copper.

Other minerals in mushrooms

Other minerals mushrooms contain are iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, manganese, silicon and sulfur, although these minerals appear in proportionally lower than selenium, potassium and sodium.

Note that mushrooms, unlike other iron sources, lack phytates, components which reduce the absorption of this mineral, so that the iron content in mushrooms is a much absorbable iron that in other sources.

What about mushroom vitamins?

Speaking of their vitamin content, mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, especially riboflavin (vitamin B2) and niacin (vitamin B3). Riboflavin is especially interesting to maintain hair healthy, promoting its growth or helping to slow its fall. It also helps to have healthier and more beautiful nails and stronger bones. Besides, it contributes to increase defenses and keep eyesight and nerves healthy.

* Related information: Mushroom benefits

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