Mushrooms play essential function in body's defense mechanisms Print E-mail
By Celia Barnes   
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 01:43

US Department of agriculture scientists reveal us one quick way to maintain the immune system healthy. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) funded researchers indicated that Mushrooms play an essential function to keep the body's defense mechanisms working at optimum levels.

In a recent document published in July 2010 from, leading journalist Rosalie Marion Bliss reported how the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) experts have conducted an animal-model and cell-culture study showing that white button mushrooms boosted the activity of essential cells in the body's immune system.

Agaricus bisporus (identified variously as the common mushroom, button mushroom or white mushroom) is an edible basidiomycete mushroom native to grasslands in Europe and The United States. Agaricus bisporus is cultivated in more than seventy states and is one of the most commonly and widely consumed mushrooms in the world.

In the USA, white button mushrooms represent 90 percent of the total mushrooms consumed.

The research was conducted at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts College by center director Dr. Simin Meydani.

The results indicate that white button mushrooms may boost immune function by increasing the production of antiviral and other proteins that are produced by cells while seeking to protect and repair tissue.

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 produce T cells that are necessary white blood cells that can recognise and eventually deactivate or destroy antigens on invading germs.

When immune system cells are exposed to disease-causing pathoenic agents, for example bacteria, the entire body begins to increase the number and function of immune system cells, according to Dr. Meydani.

Regarding white button mushrooms, one simple option to implement them in your daily diet regime could be to start thinking on some sample recipes: The Masala mushroom is an excellent example.

Garam masala is a basic blend of ground spices popular in Indian and other South Asian cuisines. It is used by itself or with other seasonings.

Ingredients for 2 Servings:

- Mushrooms(chopped) 2 cups
- Onions 2
- Chilli powder 1 tea table spoon
- Garam masala 1/2 tea spoon
- Salt
- Oil 1/2 tea table spoon
- Coriander leaves

Guidelines: (Preparation time : fifteen min)

Heat oil and fry onion till it turns slightly brownish. Then add mushrooms, cover and cook for around ten mins.

Add all the masala and cook for 2 mins. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Author Celia Barnes contributes articles for the nutrition certification programs blog, her personal passion web site specialized in healthy eating ideas to help future nutrition experts and dietitians to learn healthy eating options for their patients.

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