|Agaricus bisporus and the immune system
- short communication -
Did you know the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) funded experts indicated that Organic
mushrooms play an essential function to keep the body's defense mechanisms healthy?
In a recent report published in July 2010 from Sciencedaily.com, leading journalist Rosalie
Marion Bliss reported how the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) experts have conducted an
animal-model and cell-culture research showing that white button mushrooms improved the
activity of critical cells in the body's immune system.
Agaricus bisporus (known variously as the common mushroom, button mushroom or white
mushroom) is an edible basidiomycete mushroom indigenous to grasslands in Europe and The
United States. Agaricus bisporus is cultivated in more than seventy states and is probably the
most commonly and widely consumed mushrooms globally. In the US, white button mushrooms
represent 90 % of the entire mushrooms eaten.
The analysis (Reference: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/jul10/immunity0710.htm) was
conducted at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts
College by center director Dr. Simin Meydani.
The outcomes suggest that white button mushrooms may enhance immune function by
increasing the production of antiviral and other proteins that are produced by cells while
seeking to defend and repair tissue.
The study's cell-culture phase established that white button mushrooms improved the maturity
of immune system cells called "dendritic cells," from bone marrow.
Dendritic cells can make T cells which are essential white blood cells that can recognise and
eventually deactivate or destroy antigens on invading microorganisms.
When immune system cells are subjected to disease-causing pathogenic agents, like bacteria,
our body begins to increase the number and function of immune system cells, according to Dr.
Regarding white button mushrooms, one simple method to use them in your regular diet
regime could be to start thinking on some sample dishes: The Masala mushroom is a nice
example. Garam masala is a basic blend of ground spices popular in Indian and other South
Asian cuisines. It is used alone or with other seasonings.
|About the author - Celia Barnes contributes articles for the nutrition certification reviews blog, her
personal hobby focused on healthy eating guidelines to help future nutritionists and dietitians to
learn healthy eating options for their patients.
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