It's all about the mushrooms this year! Whether you like white button, portobello, chanterelle, or porcini mushrooms, here are the top 5 reasons to start incorrporating them into your diet.

1.) Mushrooms are the only vegetable with high levels of vitamin D. Like humans, mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight. Exposing them to high levels of ultraviolet B just before going to market converts more of the plant sterol ergosterol into the so-called sunshine vitamin.

2.) Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin B which helps process carbohydrates and metabolize fats and proteins. This means mushrooms can help aid in weight loss!

3.) Another important mineral found in mushrooms is selenium. It plays a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium prevents inflammation and also decreases tumor growth rates.

4.) Mushrooms are heart healthy. The fiber, potassium and vitamin C content in mushrooms all contribute to strengthening the cardiovascular system. Potassium and sodium work together in the body to help regulate blood pressure.

5.) Mushrooms are considered a superfood because they are high in antioxidants. They help the cells in our body ward off damage from dangerous oxygen molecules called free radicals. Free radicals may play a role in serious illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. 


Mary Chen, LAc -- Mary has been treating patients since granduating from the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, TX.  Her treatment plans include a combination of acupuncture, herbs, cupping, tui na (asian body work) and sports medicine to treat numerous conditions such as acute & chronic pain, sports injuries, allergies, migraines, emotional imbalances, stress, digestive issues, insomnia, PMS, menopause, and cancer support. Her favorite part of treating patients is educating patients for self-care, making personal connections, and seeing patients feel healthier and happier after acupuncture.

Mary Chen, LAc

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