The health benefits of the mighty mushroom

World-renowned mycologist Paul Stamets believes that mushrooms can save our lives and restore our ecosystems, with applications from cleaning polluted soil and making insecticides to treating smallpox and even flu viruses. He describes fungi as “the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration.”

Mushrooms are good for your diet

And of course they taste good too. They all contain varying amounts of protein and fibre and are a good source of B vitamins, especially niacin and riboflavin, yet they are low in fat and calories.

Most significantly, mushrooms contain a powerful antioxidant – the trace mineral selenium – which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissue. There is scientific evidence that mushrooms have potential in protecting against cancer and there is some evidence that they may be beneficial in the treatment and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. They have also been shown to help lower cholesterol and improve blood pressure and circulation.

To enhance the existing health benefits of mushrooms, Hughes has developed a range of selenium-enriched mushrooms.

With it being widely reported that many diets for adults and children are deficient in Vitamin D coupled with the tendency for fewer people getting it from natural sunlight, Hughes has developed a Vitamin D enriched mushroom which is sought out by those keen to have the benefits that this vital vitamin brings to healthy bones, teeth and muscles.

Working in partnership with high level academics, Hughes is continually carrying out scientific R&D and has secured several patents in relation to extracting the active ingredients which give mushrooms their renowned healthy properties.

Hughes has also developed a range of health products and supplements for business partners to sell under their own label.