Monday, April 16, 2007

Mushrooms Are Full of Minerals

Mushrooms Are Full of Minerals

When you think of vegetables that have tons of minerals do you picture leafy greens, spinach and other green vegetables like broccoli and asparagus? Well, next time think White! Yes, the mushroom is full of important minerals your body needs for healthy development.

Not only does a 1/2 cup of mushrooms satisfy your one daily serving of Fruits and Vegetables as recommended by Canada's Food Guide, but it also provides tons of minerals.

Here, I’ve listed the nutrient amounts and % Daily Values (%DV) of these important minerals for a 100 gram serving of uncooked, white button mushrooms.

16% DV (0.3 mg)
• Found in all body tissues, with the bulk in the liver, brain, heart and kidney.
• An essential micronutrient that plays a role in making hemoglobin.
• Also involved in energy production.

3% DV (0.5 mg)
• A component of hemoglobin and myoglobin and is important in oxygen transfer.
• A component of numerous enzymes.
• About 70% is found in hemoglobin, about 25% is stored in liver, spleen and bone.

2% DV (9.0 mg)
• Macronutrient with 50% found in bone and the other 50% almost entirely inside body cells.
• Serves as an important part of more than 300 enzymes responsible for regulating many body functions including energy production, making body protein and muscle contraction.
• Also helps maintain nerve and muscle cells.

9% DV (86.0 mg)
• A component of every cell and other important compounds including DNA and RNA which are responsible for cell growth and repair.
• Part of phospholipids present in every cell membrane in the body.
• Is a major component of bones and teeth.
• Important for pH regulation.

9% DV (318 mg)
• Helps regulate fluids and mineral balance in and out of body cells.
• Helps maintain blood pressure.
• Important for muscle contraction and transmission of nerve impulses.

13% DV (9.3 mcg)
• Is involved in fat metabolism.
• Acts as an antioxidant with vitamin E.

3% DV (0.5 mg)
• Helps the body use carbohydrate, protein and fat.
• A constituent of many enzymes and insulin.
• Promotes cell reproduction, tissue growth and repair. Adequate zinc intake is essential for growth.
• Involved in immune function.
• Also plays many important structural roles as components of proteins.

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