Mushrooms: The Super Food For Midterms

Liliana Owen, Journalist

Everyone knows that mushrooms are disgusting …. right? Well, whether or not you like them fried, raw, on pasta, or not at all, mushrooms are little superheroes of health and goodness, hidden almost right before our eyes.

Mushroom Superpower #1

Mushrooms build up your immune system, making you practically immune to any flu or cold that might be going around at the time (good for the cold months, ja?).

Mushroom Superpower #2

After sleep, water, and exercise, the thing that will help you find mental clarity is … mushrooms! This is, in part, because of a chemical called psilocybin found in mushrooms. Psilocybin helps information travel through your brain better.

Mushroom Superpower #3

If you want to fall asleep faster, having a set bedtime routine and cutting down on caffeine and screen time before you go to bed will help you fall asleep faster. Another unlikely aid is … mushrooms! One reason for this benefit is because mushrooms give you potassium, selenium, and vitamin D, all of which boost your sleep.

Mushroom Superpower #4

Mushrooms are also good for cutting down on stress … and midterms are almost here. ‘nuff said. Wait, I can say a lot more about it: here’s how they do it. Mushrooms help you cut down on stress because they help balance the level of cortisol in your body, the main stress hormone. People today have high levels of stress and mushrooms can help lower that.

Mushroom Superpower #5

Mushrooms battle cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. There are a lot of different reasons for this, some of which include slowing the growth of several types of cancer tumors, the copper, selenium, vitamin B2, and B5 that they offer. You can learn more about the best mushrooms that battle cancer here, and some mushrooms that will help battle diabetes here. And what was the other one? I can’t remember.

Next time you are at the Olive Garden and suffering from cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s or midterms, remember to get mushrooms on your pasta. Or in your soup. Or just eat a handful of raw mushrooms at home. That works too.