Keep the Immune System Healthy

Did you know the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) funded researchers established that Organic mushrooms play an important function to keep the body’s defense mechanisms healthy?

In a recent report published in July 2010 from, leading journalist Rosalie Marion Bliss reported how the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have conducted an animal-model and cell-culture research showing that white button mushrooms enhanced the activity of essential cells in the body’s immune system.

Agaricus bisporus (identified variously as the common mushroom, button mushroom or white mushroom) is an edible basidiomycete mushroom indigenous to grasslands in Europe and North America. Agaricus bisporus is cultivated in more than 70 countries and is one of the most commonly and widely consumed mushrooms on the globe.

In the US, white button mushrooms represent 90 % of the total mushrooms consumed.

The research (Reference: was conducted at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts College by center director Dr. Simin Meydani.

The results suggest that white button mushrooms may enhance immune function by increasing the production of antiviral and other proteins that are produced by cells while seeking to protect and repair tissue.

The study’s cell-culture phase indicated that white button mushrooms improved the maturity of immune system cells called “dendritic cells,” from bone marrow.

Dendritic cells can produce T cells which are necessary white blood cells that can discover and eventually deactivate or eliminate antigens on invading germs.

When immune system cells are exposed to disease-causing pathoenic agents, such as bacteria, our body begins to increase the number and function of immune system cells, according to Dr. Meydani.

Regarding white button mushrooms, one easy option to implement them in your regular diet plan could be to start thinking on some sample dishes: The Masala mushroom is an excellent example.

Garam masala is a basic blend of ground spices typical in Indian and other South Asian cuisines. It is used alone or with other seasonings.

Ingredients for 2 Serves:

– Mushrooms(chopped) 2 cups

– Onions 2

– Chilli powder 1 tea table spoon

– Garam masala 1/2 tea table spoon

– Salt

– Oil 1/2 tea spoon

– Coriander leaves

Guidelines: (Preparation time : 15 min)

Heat oil and fry onion till it turns slightly brownish. Then add mushrooms, cover and cook for approximately ten minutes.

Add all the masala and cook for a couple of minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Celia Barnes

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