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The healing power of mushrooms

  1. Mushrooms are a delicious vegetable and are packed with nutritional value. There is even B12 in mushrooms, a vitamin that until recently was only thought to be in animal products and seaweed. In the Netherlands, especially in Limburg, they are often grown in greenhouses. The mushroom is very healthy. Mushrooms can be delicious when baked. A gratin mushroom from the oven also tastes great. You can also make fresh mushroom soup from mushrooms, which is a delicacy.


  1. History of the mushroom Mushrooms are vitamin champions Minerals in the mushroom Good for the immune system Anti-inflammatory Antioxidant, good for blood and DNA Mushroom against cancer Wasn't she

History of the mushroom

  1. The first mushrooms were cultivated around Paris in 1651. Before that, mushrooms were only picked in the wild. In 1780, a Frenchman discovered that mushrooms are excellent for growing in caves. In the Netherlands, the first mushrooms were grown on an estate in Haarlem in 1825. Around 1900 there were large mushroom crops in the caves of Valkenburg and the St Pietersberg. Around 1950, cultivation mainly resumed above ground, albeit in greenhouses. Mushrooms are grown in the Netherlands on a compost mix of gypsum, straw, sterilized horse manure and chicken manure. The gypsum that is used is residual waste from the food industry.

Mushrooms are vitamin champions

  1. The nutritional value of mushrooms is particularly high. They are healthier than the much more expensive shitake mushrooms. The creamy white mushroom is bursting with vitamins and minerals. 87 grams of mushrooms contain 25% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin B2. For vitamin B3, the same amount contains 17% of the RDI. Vitamin B5 accounts for 13% of the RDI. It also contains vitamin B1 (5% RDA), B6 ​​(5% RDA) and B11 (3% RDA). Moreover, there is one and a half percent vitamin B12 in the mushroom, which is unique for vegetables because many people still adhere to the myth that B12 is only in meat.

Minerals in the mushroom

  1. 87 grams of mushrooms contain 32% of the RDI of selenium. Mushrooms are home to various minerals: copper (22% RDA), potassium (11% RDA), phosphorus (10% RDA), zinc (6% RDA) and manganese (6% RDA). Furthermore, there is choline (5% RDA) and protein (4% RDA) in the mushroom. All in all, it is a very nutritious mushroom.

Good for the immune system

  1. The mushroom contains an immense amount of phytonutrients that contribute to the immune system, of which it makes no sense to mention them all. Suffice to mention the most important ones: beta-D-glucans, fucogalactans, APO (2-amino-3H-phenoxazine-3-one) and p-tolyl-hydrazine. The phytonutrients in mushrooms affect the effectiveness of white blood cells, so that your body can better defend itself against diseases. The mushroom is therefore good against all diseases in general. This little mushroom can help keep you healthy.


  1. Mushrooms have an anti-inflammatory effect. Many diseases, including some cancers and cardiovascular diseases, are caused by inflammation at the cellular level. Regular intake of mushrooms protects the body from these diseases better than fellow mushrooms such as the much more expensive shitake and oyster mushrooms.

Antioxidant, good for blood and DNA

  1. The mushroom is full of super healthy antioxidants. Manganese, zinc and selenium are all three antioxidant minerals. The mushroom also contains Ergothioneine, an amino acid-like antioxidant that mainly protects DNA and proteins. Especially the antioxidant properties, which keep blood vessels cleaner and reduce cholesterol build-up, reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and cerebral infarction.

Mushroom against cancer

  1. A healthy immune system is crucial for detecting early cancer. Since eating mushrooms boosts the immune system, this disease can be tackled by the body itself. The anti-inflammatory effect, triggered by eating this creamy white or maroon vegetable, does its part to nip a cancer cell in the bud. Scientific research shows that the mushroom works especially well in the case of breast cancer and prostate cancer, two common cancers among women and men, respectively.

Wasn't she

  1. Mushrooms are one of the few vegetables that should not be washed with water. They absorb water like a sponge. The taste becomes much less delicious when you wash them with water. It is better to rub them off with the specially designed mushroom brush. You can also wipe them clean with a clean tea towel or kitchen paper.

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