With the weather constantly changing, cold and the flu season are about to get in full swing. I’m sure you constantly hear load up on vitamin C when you feel a cold coming on. New research shows that loading up on mushrooms is a great idea also. White button mushrooms have something (scientist aren’t sure exactly what) that promotes your dendritic cells to grow and work harder! Dendritic cells help your immune system by capturing rhinoviruses and influenza and bringing them to your germ killing B lymphocyte cells which then terminate them. Researchers are foggy on the whole process but white button mushrooms somehow seem to trigger the whole germ fighting process. Mushrooms are low in calories and fat and loaded in antioxidants, another plus. Next time you feel a cold coming on, slice mushrooms up and throw them in your salad, or omelet, entrees, etc!
Estelle L. Benoit, RD, LDN