The Health Benefits of Morel

Morel is an edible mushroom that grows best in very moist soil such as in woodlands and along river beds. This mushroom can be identified by its distinctive honey-comb like cap. These mushrooms are a great addition to any meal because of its great taste. They can be fried, sautéed or even used an an ingredient for many soups. While these mushrooms taste good, they are loaded with many nutrients. Therefore, eating morel is good for your health.



            If you want to improve your cardiovascular health, morel is the way to go. These mushrooms are an excellent source of potassium, manganese and magnesium which are all needed to keep our blood pressure numbers at a safe level. When we do not have enough of these in our daily diets, we run the risk of getting high blood pressure. When you keep your blood pressure lower you run a less risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association states that food that contains all these play a key role in reducing blood pressure.

            Morel is considered to be a natural blood thinner because this mushroom contains terpenoids which help boost the circulation of blood. Since this mushroom helps lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, and unclogs your arteries of fatty buildup, including morel in your daily diet not only lowers your blood pressure it helps promote a healthy heart.

            Morel provides an antioxidant called selenium. Antioxidants play a role in preventing damaged cells from attacking healthy cells.

            This mushroom is also high in zinc. If you want to maintain good eyesight and prevent conditions such as myocardial infarction include these morel in your daily diet.

            Morel provides over 30% of your RDA in copper. Eating this mushroom may prevent premature graying of your hair. One of the reasons why some people get gray hair early in their lives is because they do not have enough copper in their diets.

            Morel is rich in Vitamin A. We need this vitamin for optimal health, good vision, strong bones, strong teeth and youthful looking skin.

            Morel is a major source of riboflavin or Vitamin B2. This vitamin helps boost your immune system by building up immunity to illnesses and resisting diseases. This vitamin also aids in increasing the energy in your body as well as “maintaining healthy hair, skin, mucous membranes, and nails; slowing aging; boosting athletic performance; promoting healthy reproductive function” (WebMD).

            Morel is rich in Vitamin B3 which is also known as niacin. This vitamin plays a role in turning our food into energy. In addition to this, it helps raise the level of good cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein or HDL).

             Morel is rich in Vitamin D. We need this for strong and healthy bones. When we do not have enough calcium in daily diets, vitamin D helps make up what we are not getting. Not only for healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis, Vitamin D is excellent for:

 

Lowering Blood Pressure

Lowering Bad Cholesterol

Preventing Gum Disease

Relieving Symptoms of Respiratory Diseases

 

            Morel makes an excellent food for diabetics. It plays a role in both regulating blood glucose levels and lowering blood sugar.

            Morel is excellent to include in your diet if you want to lose weight and or want to maintain your weight. Not only is it low in calories, it is an excellent source of protein. If you work out at a gym, you want to have protein in your diet. The protein is needed to build muscle mass and to maintain it. When you have larger muscles, the body burns more calories. Even if you are not into body building, if you want to lose weight, including body toning exercises with your diet will help you burn off that body fat faster.

            Morel mushrooms are an excellent source of dietary fiber.  With almost three grams per serving, you are promoting excellent intestinal health when you include this mushroom in your daily diet.  If you suffer from constipation or want to prevent it, eating morel helps keep you regular.

            Morel mushrooms are a natural pain reliever because of their anti-inflammatory properties. By eating these mushrooms you can find quick relief from pain of:

 

Headaches

Migraines

Menstrual Cramps

Muscle Spasms,

Toothaches

Arthritic Pain

Gout Attacks

Sprains

Joint and Muscle Pain

 

            It may be hard to find morel at your local grocery store. However, you can check out your local farmer’s market and even health food store. Other than fresh you can also purchase these mushroom dried.

 

Cautions

 

            Many people collect morel from the wild. Even though this mushroom is easily identified by its honeycombed cap, if you want to go hunting for them get the advice of an expert since many wild mushrooms are poisonous.

            Do not eat morel mushrooms raw. Before you cook them make sure that you wash them well.

Stop eating morel mushrooms if you start to break out. You may be allergic to these mushrooms.

 

References

 

http://www.nutritionvalue.org/Mushrooms,_raw,_morel_nutritional_value.html

 



http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredient






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