These dark, mysterious fungi, which can be found sprinkled amongst the earth, contain important vitamins and nutrients that are vital for a healthy lifestyle. From oyster to shiitake, mushrooms can complement any meal, even pizza or salad!
With their low calorie count, mushrooms are known to be an ideal source of B vitamins, such as riboflavin and niacin. Mushrooms also contain selenium (which can play a role in liver enzyme function) and potassium (which helps lower blood pressure), and they help with cardiovascular health.
Be careful, though. Not all mushrooms are your friends. Be wary of any mushroom you see growing in your yard or out in the wild as some are deadly and can cause severe illnesses in people and animals. Don’t be fooled by the draw of the “magic mushroom,” either. Illegal and the source of hallucinations, these mushrooms are anything but your friend.