Mushrooms are a part of our everyday cooking. They have been consumed for centuries as part of diets all over the world. Most of us know that whether it is oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus), button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus), shiitake mushrooms (Lentinus edodes) and maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms – all of them have medicinal benefits and slow the process of aging. Mushrooms, especially Cremini mushrooms, have been known to be a food that promoted immortality and were worthy of being included in diets fed to royal leaders.

These varieties of mushrooms actually belong to the same species of fungus, called Agaricus bisporus. We can differentiate between them by their size, color and shape. This difference also depends on their stages of maturity.
So are all mushrooms equally good for you? In many ways, yes, they are. Most of them are packed with a lot of nutrients. They are very low in fat and calories and have less sugar and carbs .They also help to prevent free radical damage, problems with bone loss, and potentially weight gain and various types of cancer.

Read on to know what Cremini Mushrooms are.

Cremini Mushrooms, also known as Baby bella, Portobellini mushrooms or Mini bella, are small to medium in size. They are brownish in color, have earthy taste and are a rich source of amino acid called Ergothioneine. They are known to contain a phytochemical called conjugated linoleic acid, which has anticancer properties. Rich in vitamin D, one cup of Cremini mushrooms can provide 19.4 calories, 3 grams carbohydrates,1.8 grams protein,0.1 gram fat, 0.4 gram fiber, 18.7 micrograms selenium ,0.4 milligram riboflavin ,0.4 milligram copper, 2.7 milligrams niacin, 1.1 milligram pantothenic acid, 86.4 milligrams phosphorus, 323 milligrams potassium, 0.1 milligram thiamine, 0.8 milligram zinc, 0.1 milligram manganese, 0.1 milligram vitamin B6, 10.1 micrograms folate.

Benefits of Cremini Mushrooms.

Include Cremini/button mushrooms in your diet for the following reasons:

1. Protection against Cancer

Consume mushrooms to stay away from cancer. They are cost-effective and a safe way to help lower your cancer risk, as they’ve been found to promote decreased tumor cell proliferation and decreased tumor weight without causing any side effects.
Few studies were conducted on mice to understand how consuming mushrooms extract could significantly reduce the growth of breast cancer cells. The result of the study found evidence that Agaricus bisporus extract suppresses the activity of aromatase. Aromatase is known to reduce the production of Estrogen, which has been identified as one major contributor to postmenopausal breast cancer in women. Another active component in cremini mushrooms is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This acid has protective effects against growth of cancerous cells. Researches have also shown that consuming mushrooms can complement cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy, in addition to reducing common side effects of these treatments, such as nausea, bone marrow suppression, anemia and suppressed immune function.

2. Protection from Cardiovascular diseases and reduced risk for Metabolic Syndrome

A beneficial Amino acid found in mushrooms is Ergothioneine. It is known to provide cardiovascular benefits, including reduced inflammation, protection against damaged blood vessels, healthier cholesterol levels, and protection against red blood cell disorders, diabetes and liver damage. Consuming mushrooms on a regular basis may also help to reduce swelling in the lungs and damage to the kidneys and brain.

3. Mushrooms can treats and prevent Fatigue

The high rate of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in mushrooms helps to build up immunity against common illnesses like the cold or flu, in addition to infections. They are also known to boost the growth of cytokines, which plays a role in defending the body against pathogens and many illnesses.

4. Mushrooms are a rich source of Vitamin B

Cremini mushrooms are a rich source of niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Vitamin B5 is linked to reductions in age-related memory loss, chronic brain syndrome, migraine headaches, motion sickness, depression and insomnia. It also plays a role in many metabolic processes, including turning fats and carbohydrates into energy. Vitamin B5 is an important fuel for maintaining the overall health of our brain.

5. Helps to restore Gut health

The high content of antioxidants in mushrooms has demonstrated protection against intestinal permeability and reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress.

6. Packs a Potassium Punch

One serving of Cremini mushrooms can provide approximately about 10 percent of your daily potassium intake. A high content of Potassium in food is necessary to maintain a healthy level of blood pressure, better recovery from exercise, protection against weak bones, and reduced fatigue, muscle cramps or spasms, headaches and brain fog.

Cremini mushrooms are a store house of nutrients. Use them in soups, salads or eat them the way you like for better health.