Most of us love organic gourmet mushrooms because they’re delicious. We add them to our meals for flavor, substance, and visual appeal. Sure, buying R&R Cultivation’s gourmet mushrooms is a great way to support a local small business, but we know it’s the delightful culinary qualities of our products that ultimately keep customers coming back for more. Mushrooms aren’t just a great tasting addition to your omelets and pastas, though. They’re also a nutritional powerhouse.
The vitamins and minerals found in organic mushrooms can help keep your body healthy and well. And when you’re healthy, it’s much easier to fight off the common cold or an occasional “bug.” Since COVID-19 fears are prevalent in our community, you don’t want to be coughing up a storm when you’re out buying your groceries – mask or no mask. If you keep yourself healthy by eating a balanced diet, you’re less likely to develop the dreaded tickle in your throat and more likely to avoid the scathing glares of fellow shoppers.
Organic Mushrooms: A Low Calorie, High-nutrient Food
Even on the most basic level, mushrooms are a healthy food. All mushroom varieties are low fat, low in calories, and packed with vitamins and minerals. Mushrooms may also have cholesterol-lowering and antioxidant properties, and they’re a great meat substitute for those of us participating in Meatless Mondays.
If you’re not concerned about calories, you still might be interested to learn about the plethora of vitamins your body can obtain by adding mushrooms to your diet. Some of the most prevalent vitamins and minerals in mushrooms include:
- B complex vitamins – help cell growth, energy levels, and brain function
- Vitamin C – helps the body grow and repair tissues and heal wounds
- Selenium – a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system
- Potassium – for optimal heart, muscle, and nerve function
Each variety of organic mushroom will have varying levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, so you’re sure to find one that meets your dietary needs.
Additional Health Benefits of Mushrooms
The vitamins and nutrients in organic mushrooms can help keep your diet well-balanced, but mushrooms also have a number of other components that have been said to address some common (and not-so-common) ailments.
For example, Lion’s mane mushrooms are a hot topic lately because preliminary research suggests they may aid in:
- Relieving symptoms of depression and/or anxiety
- Recovering from nervous system injuries
- Reducing the risk of heart disease
- Protecting against digestive ulcers
- Managing diabetes
- Reducing inflammation
Lion’s Mane also contains neurotrophic factors called hericenones and erinacines which can induce nerve growth factors essential for optimal brain function. Patients with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, etc. may benefit from consuming mushrooms; they can use Lion’s Mane to regrow some of the nerve fibers in the brain and therefore increase their cognitive function.
Many mushrooms have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties, and they have numerous purported benefits. For example, traditional Chinese medicine has used Oyster mushrooms in a tonic for the immune system for 3,000 years or longer. But you don’t have to wait until you’re under the weather to add mushrooms to your diet! By consuming organic mushrooms regularly, you’ll give your body the nutrients and phytochemicals it needs to keep you feeling healthy and well.
Locally Grown Organic Mushrooms in New Hope, Minnesota
The pandemic has certainly made most of us view our health in a new light. The good news is that we can take small steps to increase our overall health and mitigate some concerns. By eating organic mushrooms, you’ll be giving your body more of what it needs to stay in tip-top shape. And R&R Cultivation’s organic mushrooms are locally grown in New Hope, Minnesota, so you’re also supporting a small business when you purchase our products. We sell our mushrooms at grocery stores and farmers’ markets throughout the Twin Cities, and you can also order through our website.