Research Papers Show Mushrooms And Health Go Hand In Hand

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Research papers show mushrooms and health go

hand in hand

30 May 2009

Co-author of the best-selling CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Dr Manny Noakes has

told Australian dietitians that a soon to be published international scientific

review confirms the strong links between mushrooms and health.

Dr Noakes said a team of CSIRO scientists conducted a thorough review of

11,000 international papers written over the last 100 years and had identified

some 3,000 papers for further evaluation.  

This industry-funded examination of mushrooms and health covered topics

ranging from antioxidant activity and anti-viral properties, through to the impact

on a variety of cancers and immune function.

Addressing a special mushroom breakfast held at the Dietitians Association of

Australia conference in Darwin, Dr Noakes said the review highlighted the wide

range of health benefits being examined by mushroom researchers throughout

the world.

“I was always a mushroom lover, but the research has shown me even more

about the diversity of essential nutrients they offer – vitamin D, B group

vitamins and a range of essential minerals – all for so few kilojoules,” she said.

Accredited Practising Dietitian and healthy eating specialist, Glenn Cardwell, said

mushrooms unique nutrition profile provided growing evidence of their

importance in the Australian diet.

Mr Cardwell said research had shown that mushrooms were the only non-animal

food to provide a natural source of Vitamin D; at the same time delivering one of

the strongest antioxidant effects of all foods; a healthy dose of essential B group

vitamins – riboflavin, niacin and biotin – and a range of essential minerals such

as selenium, phosphorus and potassium.

“While many Australian are generally cautious about sun exposure, there is a

growing body of evidence that low levels of Vitamin D are contributing to a

range of diseases including osteoporosis, diabetes and some cancers.”

“Over the next 12 months the industry is planning to deliver D-rich mushrooms

for sale, providing consumers with a natural solution to the Vitamin D problem.”


For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Pam Tobin on

0417 849 471.

Released by Chris Rowley – 0415 140 253

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