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Japanese Mushrooms

MushroomAre you looking for ways to boost your immunity for the upcoming weather change? Fall is a great season to enjoy an exotic food once reserved for royalty. Japanese mushrooms are a great immunity booster! While often considered a vegetable and prepared like one, the mushroom is actually a fungus, a special type of living organism with no roots, leaves, flowers, or seeds Whatever variety you choose (enoki, shitake or oyster) they are loaded with ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is a powerful antioxidant that doesn't get destroyed during the cooking process! A time honored food in many cultures, mushrooms have traditionally been used as an anti-tumor, anti-fungal, and anti-arthritic medicinal food. Today, mushrooms have emerged as quite the powerhouse in terms of both flavor and nutritional value. A notable source of B vitamins, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and selenium, mushrooms are also a significant source of fiber. Mushrooms are the only “plants” that provide a natural source of vitamin D. Similar to the way humans absorb sunlight and convert it to vitamin D, mushrooms contain a plant sterol called ergosterol that converts to vitamin D2 when exposed to ultraviolet light. Ounce per ounce, mushroom species pack a phytochemical punch, containing compounds that may reduce cancer risk and improve immune function. Although many mushroom varieties exist, Japanese mushrooms have the most potential medicinal benefits and flavor to boot. So get cooking and equip your body with natural defenses!