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What kind of health benefits do mushrooms have?

Asked by KatawaGrey (21413points) November 16th, 2010

As of late, I have been eating quite a lot of mushrooms. Mainly, I eat Portobello mushrooms yum and tonight I am trying Shiitake mushrooms for the first time also yum.

So, considering my excessive consumption of this delicious fungus, I’m just wondering what some of the more notable and less notable, if you think they’re relevant health benefits of mushrooms are.

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JilltheTooth's avatar

This and this might interest you.

iamthemob's avatar

When I first read this, I thought it was a joke – and then I realized you weren’t talking about medical benefits for the mushroom, but rather the benefits to people’s health that mushrooms have…

…I don’t really have an answer, but I thought I’d share.

Blueroses's avatar

Now I’m giggling at the idea that fungi might get “partner benefits” from one another’s company insurance… thanks @iamthemob

I have a friend who swears by the immunity boost she gets from picking and eating her own wild mushrooms but I don’t know if there’s any real proof or if it’s merely a placebo effect. I don’t suppose it matters if she believes it.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@JilltheTooth: Oh, Mom, awesome links!

@Blueroses: A friend and I have considered picking our own wild mushrooms, particularly Hen of the Woods which, according to both my friend and the wiki, is a great immune booster for cancer patients. And since I have a heightened risk of cancer than your average joe, it ain’t a bad thing for me to start fighting it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Great question and answers. Just be damn careful picking your own wild mushrooms.

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