(Keywords: NUTRITIONAL VALUE of MUSHROOMS, chiropractic help, antioxidants, damn lies statistics, sauteed mushrooms recipe, selenium, prostate cancer, prostate gland health)
MUSHROOMS have some very special minerals and vitamins; and they're found in one of my very favourite foods. The mushroom is not only delicious but very nutritious. What's more it adds appeal to almost any dish. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fibre.
A meat substitute
Because mushrooms are zero in cholesterol and a helping of mushrooms contains only about 20 calories, only a few grams of carbohydrate and is virtually fat free, it makes an ideal meat substitute in your cooking. Whether you are making a lasagne or a just a cook-up, mushrooms are a very nutritious and tasty alternative to mince or a steak.
If you are wanting to lose weight, mushrooms are an excellent way to go about it. They are low in carbohydrate. Why is that important? Because it's the best way to lose weight and there is a growing body of scientific opinion that a high carbohydate (and probably 'simple' carbs) coupled with a low fat diet is one of the causes of the very serious neurological diseases like Motor Neuron Disease.
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So, when you want to enjoy your mushrooms, it's not a bad idea to sautee them in a healthy fat like olive oil. Don't be too stingy with the 'good' fats, you'll only damage your nervous system because every nerve must be coated in a fatty sheath, consisting mainly of a mono-unsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) called Oleic acid but do cut down on your carbs if you are overweight. That's where the problem lies with obesity: bread, potatoes, rice, cookies, puddings and cakes, and of course all the colas.
LIES, DAMN LIES and STATISTICS
Unscrupulous food companies often use Damn Lies Statistics to fraudulently mislead you on the contents of their products. There is a company that makes a delicious mushroom-based sandwich spread, but fiddle the figures to suggest there are no trans isomers in the product...
ANTI-OXIDANTS and Prostate Cancer
Research has proved that there is a "marked, statistically-significant reduction in the rate of prostate cancer for healthy men - those with a with normal PSA (blood test for prostate cancer) - receiving anti-oxidant supplements."
A large group of healthy men were given either Vitamin C, Vitamin E, selenium or zinc and compared with a control in this 2005 study reported in a prestigious medical journal.
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MUSHROOMS, SELENIUM and PROSTATE CANCER
So, the nutritional value of mushrooms lies, in part, in the fact that they are rich in Selenium, a quite difficult mineral to get in adequate amounts from the average diet, and is certainly very low in any junk food diet. Worryingly, a Baltimore study of aging men found that men with low selenium levels were FIVE TIMES more likely to get prostate cancer. It's the most common serious cancer in men.
Now, one helping of mushrooms will give you about 30% of your daily requirement of selenium.
It's even more true as we get older. One other finding in the Baltimore study is that older men seem for unknown reasons to have lower blood levels of Selenium. We are not sure why, but it's certainly makes sense for older men to regularly have a good helping of mushrooms. They're delicious anyway, so that should be no sweat!
Also every man should be having pumpkin seeds in their muesli and enjoying tomatoes regularly. Phytosterols too help prevent another male misery: Benign Prostate hypertrophy.
Mushrooms are also a good source of another anti-oxidant mineral, zinc.
Other Vitamins: B complex
The nutritional value of Mushrooms is also that they are particularly rich in three vitamins from the B-complex, vitamins that you can't survive without. We have to eat foods rich in them daily for healthy nerves, amongst many other things.
They are B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin) and B5 (Pantothenic acid).
Some blood pressure tablets leach the body of potassium, causing terrible cramps in the legs. Mushrooms are particularly rich in potassium, higher even than a banana.
Mushrooms are also rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre, both of which are strongly associated in their own right with lower rates of bowel cancer, and a happy colon. An important part of the nutritional value of mushrooms.
Constipated? You are at serious risk of a heap of bowel diseases including cancer of the colon and rectum. By all means eat more mushrooms, but our favourite for this mean condition is the humble beetroot.
Useful site: http://mushrooms.ca/good/nutrition.aspx#fibre
Sauteed Mushrooms Recipe
Here are two of my favourite slow-food-cooked-fast recipes: Mushroom soup recipes for dinner and Sauteed mushrooms recipe for breakfast: nutritional value of mushrooms done the easy way.
But if you have a tendency to gout, one or two helpings a month is enough.
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NUTRITIONAL VALUE of MUSHROOMS.
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Interesting challenges of the day
1. Mr B has the trophy for the most acute neck in February. He has quite advanced lower neck arthritis for a forty year old, thanks to a severe fall on the head from a trampoline. But this is upper cervical pain. Right rotation is simply impossible. Luckily he is improving rapidly, eighty percent better he says after three treatments. See cervical facet syndrome.
2. Mrs C is a new patient with a long history of lower back pain, hip pain and pain in both feet. We'll see how we get on, Rome wasn't built in a day.
3. Miss U sprained her ankle two months ago, wearing high heels. She still has severe mid foot pain. Xrays and perhaps a CT scan.
4. Mr V is 86 years old and hurt his back helping his wife into the car. Just one treatment of the sacroiliac joint and he's eighty percent better. It's not always like that.
5. Mr W lay on his back knocking down a pillar. Turning his head causes severe vertigo. He needs the Epley exercises, not pills, research shows. Update, he's fine.
6. Mrs X, a young mother has severe lower back pain, with numbness down the posterior thigh, calf and side of foot. It started after a long drive in the car. Update, she's forty percent less painful after four treatments, but the leg is still numb. Update two; she 60% better, but it's slow and is going to take the full 6 weeks to heal. Further update; a setback, after lifting her child she now has leg pain. It's going to the be difficult.
7. Mrs Y, a 70 year old woman is on maintenance care fo a nasty lumbar stenosis despite having to do everything at home. Her husband has a hospital acquired infection in the shoulder. After 4 operations he is incapacitated and going rapidly down hill.
8. Mrs Z, an 78 year old woman is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But at over 200 lbs she is not losing weight, in fact gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. Referral to a dietician to crack the whip.
9. Mr A, a 73 year old engineer, still working, is doing fine after a long episode of lower back pain. Some pain on the side of the hip remains after five treatments. Reassured him it's not hip arthritis.
10. Mrs B, a 64 year old woman has had Scheuermanns disease; it's left with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment, provides she come every six weeks or so for treatment.
11. Mr C, a young engineer fell off his mountain bike injuring his cervical spine and pelvis. Luckily both responded very quickly to a few chiropractic adjustments. Update: his neck is sore again. It all goes back to a whiplash injury ten years ago when he was rammed by a fully laden truck carrying a load of stone. Time for Xrays.
12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.
13. Both Mrs E and I can't believe how much better her lower back and leg pain are. Surgery for a scoliosis and spondylolysthesis three years ago helped greatly for one year. But then her leg went lame and weak. He was responded extremely well despite all expectations.
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