When we think of nutrient-rich mushrooms, we almost always think exotics… the Reishi, the Shiitake, the Porcini, the Chantarelle…  White button mushrooms? Brown mushrooms? Meh, not so much.

But that’s exactly where we’re wrong.  Every day ordinary white button mushrooms, grown on South African mushroom farms and right there on the shelf in our supermarkets every day of the year, have not achieved Superfood status by chance.

Exciting, revealing and an ever-increasing body of scientific research from around the world continues to confirm that the same health benefits that we have been attributing to exotics only are also found in common, every day Agaricus bisporus mushrooms: the white button mushroom, the Portabella (the big browns) and the Portabellini (the small browns).

Join medical scientists as we bow down to the ordinary mushroom; the affordable, accessible Superfood that can play a role in reducing heart disease; that can positively impact on our immunity systems and, that is an ally against both breast and prostate cancer.


Agaricus bisporus mushrooms – the white buttons, the Portabellas (the big browns) and the Portabellinis (the small browns) – are crammed with a wide range of nutrients our bodies need to perform essential functions such as producing energy, repairing cells and fighting disease. This includes digestive enzymes, B vitamins, protein, and vitamin D2.

Every day, ordinary mushrooms contain biologically active substances shown to help prevent cancerous cells from forming or recurring. Studies at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope in Duarte, California, suggest that white button mushrooms contain an important cancer-fighting substance called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA minimizes the effects of the enzyme aromatase, which reduces risks posed by high estrogen levels.

High estrogen has been implicated in many serious health conditions, including breast cancer. Experts are fascinated by the presence of CLA in mushrooms because this type of fatty acid is otherwise found exclusively in animal foods such as milk, cheese, and meats.

In the Beckman Institute study, white mushrooms showed more promise for reducing cancer risk from high estrogen than any of the 7 vegetables tested — onion, celery, carrot, pepper, broccoli, spinach, and mushroom. White mushrooms contained the most effective aromatase inhibitor. Additional experiments at the City of Hope Medical Center showed that white button mushrooms play a positive, chemo-preventive role against prostate cancer.

Agaricus bisporus mushrooms are also a natural source of the powerful antioxidant L-ergothioneine — which scavenges free radicals and protects against DNA damage. They have actually proven to provide more L-Ergothioneine than either wheat germ or chicken liver, the two foods previously believed to be better sources.

Studies at Pennsylvania State University found that just a handful of white button mushrooms provides about 12 times more L-Ergothioneine than wheat germ and 4 times more than chicken liver.

Now that’s good news for all of us who increasingly believe that we are what we eat! So head out to a supermarket today and stock up with every day, ordinary super-good-for-you mushrooms: your body will thank you for it!

For more information on how beneficial mushrooms can be for you and your family, please visit: http://mushroominfo.co.za