Mushrooms are low in calories, carbohydrates & sodium, are cholesterol & fat free! They contain as much fibre as 1 medium tomato, are high in riboflavin and are also a good source of niacin, pantothenate and copper.
While medicinal mushrooms have been used in the Orient and Japan for over 2,000 years to boost immunity and fight diseases such as cancer, only in recent decades has their power begun to be recognized in Western countries.
In more scientific terms, several compounds in fungi have been found to boost intestinal flora, stimulate the function of the immune system & inhibit tumour growth, complex chain-like sugars called polysaccharides have been shown to exert antitumor and immuno-stimulating properties. Substances in certain mushrooms called terpenoids help kill bacteria and viruses and exert anti-inflammatory effects.