Mushrooms maximise heart health

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It’s World Heart Day on 29 September, which leaves just enough time for a few fungi-first steps to a more heart-healthy lifestyle. In general, heart health is all about positive lifestyle choices that include exercise, lowering stress and managing weight through good dietary habits. Delicious, low-calorie mushrooms can be a cornerstone of those heart-conscious eating habits. Points in favour of consuming mushrooms:

A recent study, reviewed in Phytotherapy Research, concluded that adding edible mushrooms into your diet could help lower your blood pressure levels. A 2010 research paper by Keith R Martin from the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, published in Nutrition Journal, found that “dietary mushrooms can be protective against cardiovascular disease (CVD)”.  Mushrooms contain vitamins C and D, which have long been associated with good cardiovascular health, as well as a unique heart-healthy type of fibre and potassium. Medical News Today notes “there is some evidence that consuming a type of fibre called beta-glucans may lower blood cholesterol levels. [And these] beta-glucans occur in the cell walls of many types of mushrooms.” The journal also states, “potassium can help regulate blood pressure, and this may decrease the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.”

All that being said, it’s now obviously time for a salad … a mouth-watering Artichoke & White Button Mushroom Salad  packed with creamy fresh mushrooms and other satisfying umami flavours. 

Whether you are keen on a salad (at the link above) or a steak, samoosas or spaghetti, you’ll find fantastic mushroom-forward versions for each at . 

Image and Information Source: The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

For and on behalf of SAMFA

The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

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