Mushrooms are rich in a surprising variety of vitamins and minerals, and as a result boast remarkable health benefits.

Mushrooms also contain unique phytochemicals which are crucial to supporting our immune system. These nutrients play an important role in regulating the activity of our immune cells.

Mushrooms also have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The minerals zinc, selenium and manganese, present in mushrooms, are vital for our antioxidant enzyme function, and for preventing the damaging effects of oxidation in our body.

Studies suggest that these health properties can help protect us against the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune conditions. It is thought that including up to 6 whole mushrooms a day in your diet will offer this therapeutic benefit.

There are endless ways to incorporate mushrooms in to your every day meals. Add them to curries, soups and stir fries, enjoy them stuffed, sautéed, chopped into a frittata or raw in salads.

Marcelle Rose is a registered nutritional therapist who runs clinics and workshops in North London. She believes that even small changes to the way we eat can make a big difference to how we feel. You can contact Marcelle at email@marcellerosenutrition.co.uk.