Health Benefits of White Button Mushrooms

USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) studied the health benefits of white button mushrooms. The study suggest the it promote immune function by increasing production of antiviral and other proteins that are released by cells while seeking to protect and repair tissue.

Scientists funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have conducted an animal-model and cell-culture study showing that white button mushrooms enhanced the activity of critical cells in the body’s immune system. In the United States, white button mushrooms represent 90 percent of the total mushrooms consumed. The study’s cell-culture phase showed that white button mushrooms enhanced the maturity of immune system cells called “dendritic cells,” from bone marrow. Dendritic cells can make T cells, which are important white blood cells that can recognize and eventually deactivate or destroy antigens on invading microbes. When immune system cells are exposed to disease-causing pathogens such as bacteria, the body begins to increase the number and function of immune system cells.

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I should also try eating mushrooms. Sadly! the commodity is not locally available in my home country.

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