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Eat Different Mushrooms For Different Health Benefits: 4 Types

Updated on November 8, 2011
button mushrooms help with weight-loss.
button mushrooms help with weight-loss.

Healthy Benefits of Different Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been shown to reduce the risk of hormone-dependent breast cancer, according to a study from a research center in California. The fungi contains a compound shown to inhibit estrogen which can fuel the growth of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Additionally, mushrooms have niacin, and just getting 22 mg of niacin each day can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by 70%. Different types of mushrooms also provide different benefits.

Following is a list of 4 types of mushrooms with specific benefits:

4 Types of Mushrooms and Their Health Benefits:

1 - Button Mushrooms - Helps you lose weight - Those popular little white mushrooms sold in practically all supermarkets have belly-reducing/flattening properties. Button mushrooms have a type of carbohydrate that helps steady blood sugar levels while keeping metabolism high. Consuming 3 ounces of button mushrooms each day will help you burn more calories and shed as much as 13 pounds in five weeks, according to a study.

2- Maitakes - Helps keep cells free of cancer - Maitakes are the mushrooms shown to reduce breast cancer. By eating 1/2 cup daily, you can reduce the risk of any cancer by as much as 40% - and protect your body from hormone-triggered cancers like breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Maitakes have compounds that causes abnormal cells to self-destruct while activating the natural killer cells in the immune system.

3 - Shiitakes - Protects you from infections - A natural compound in shiitakes, known as lentinan, revs up white blood cells to help fight off infections. Eating 5 ounces per day will triple the ability of your body to fight off bacteria and viruses, according to researchers.

4- Reishis - Protect your heart - The active ingredient, gandodermic acid, helps control cholesterol levels by 12%, can help shrink the plaque causing clogged arteries by 2/3, and can reduce blood pressure by 12%.Eating just a few ounces per day will relax the arteries and keep them clear.

Mushrooms can be lightly stir-fried, added to soups and sauces or eaten raw in salads.

For more healthy eating lists, see the links below:


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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      You're very welcome bAkhtawar!

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      bAkhtawar 5 years ago

      thAnks it really help me :)

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Wow thanks for this great hub. It is filled with info, I never knew. Bookmarked, rated up and useful.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      I am a mushroom lovers. I have known some of the benefits and I am raelly glad to learn more from you here, give me the good reasons to consume it more. :) Voted up and rated awesome and useful.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      H1, this is really interesting, I never knew this, great info, thanks, now I know which ones to choose when making a meal with them cheers nell

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      Where I live we have a mushroom that grows on the north side of oak trees called hen of the woods. They are edible and can't be mistaken for anything else. They are testy and have a meat like texture. Apparently they too have cancer fighting properties. I have seen them selling on the internet for about 21 dollars a pound.

      I love mushrooms. all the more reason to eat them.

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      LORD BRYAN 7 years ago

      I love mushrooms. I like to roast them with some olive oil and herbs from my garden. Yummy.

      Lord Bryan

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      Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the fascinating information, I do not really like mushrooms very much but perhaps, in light of this hub, I should be trying to eat more of them?

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love, love, love mushrooms. I never knew how beneficial. I've been trying to get rid of this stubborn belly fat and have used many of the suggestions another fellow hubber BkCreative has suggested. I think adding more button mushrooms will help me reach my goal that much faster. Thanks ListLady!

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      Nic 7 years ago

      Ooh, 'shrooms! And brings to mind the lobster "mushroom" I saw last week.

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      I love mushrooms! They are healthy and I love the taste...but I have not tried all the varieties you mentioned. Thanks for the info!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wow - who knew - that is really great info!

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      BenjaminB 7 years ago

      I never knew button shrooms could help you lose weight,very interesting TheListLady.Perhaps combining all of these together in a nice mushroom soup would be a great way to gain all benefits very tastefully. Great Hub,voted up!

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, what an excellent informative hub. Natural food is a subject close to my heart. It is well written and explained. Thank you for sharing.Rated up.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oh...I just love this hub! I had mushrooms in my stir-fry last night....I new I felt healthier for a reason!! lol Great information!

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      reddog1027 7 years ago

      Simple useful information on mushrooms for health. Another hub book marked for future reference!

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      jo 7 years ago

      I just start eating mushrooms recently due to this great

      Korean deli near my job......I try to get a cup of them

      daily..from this article, I now know not only do they taste great (korean style) but they are good for you.


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      Louis Fourie 7 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Great hub, always have and will love mushrooms.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you thelistlady. Another great hub. I have mushrooms on my shopping list for tomorrow. Lately, I can't live without them although it is usually the button kind. Now I'll look for the others. They're so tasty when stir-fried or in a great spaghetti sauce. Rated up!