MAD FOR MUSHROOMS
These magical, mystical, and delicious fungi are having a moment. Whether you eat them as an ingredient or apply products infused with their nutrients, mushrooms are a healthy addition to your beauty routine.
Mushrooms are hot both as ingredients and inspiration for beauty products in 2018. And with good reason: Many have the power to soothe and strengthen skin, not to mention immune-boosting properties that help you glow all winter long.
Some 2,000 varieties of mushrooms exist, ranging from those you weed out of your lawn to wild-foraged white truffles that command thousands of dollars per pound. But only about 25 varieties are commonly eaten.
Edible mushrooms—with names like chanterelle, maitake, shiitake, enoki, reishi, cremini, and portobello—contain key beauty nutrients, one reason you’ll see them listed not just on menus but also among the ingredients on skin-care products and beauty supplements. Some mushrooms are rich in vitamin D, which regulates the skin’s antimicrobial defenses, is essential for energy and immunity, and is seldom found in non-animal-based foods. These functional fungi are also good sources of the mineral selenium, which supports skin elasticity.
In addition, mushrooms have a range of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant phytochemicals that have been shown to help detoxify the body and defend against viruses and bacteria. Their prebiotic oligosaccharides help feed and maintain a healthy microbiome (aka gut), another essential for a radiant complexion and strong immune system.
Mushroom shades are also trending in beauty products (soft greys, beiges, whites, browns, pinks, and grey/beige hybrids called “greiges”) and hair color (“mushroom brown”) this fall.
On the palate, edible mushrooms offer even more magic, like in the Hungarian Mushroom Soup on page 59. Their earthy, umami flavors help you create masterpieces in the kitchen while giving your skin a win, too.
Jolene Hart is a certified health coach, a former beauty editor, and the author of the
Eat Pretty books. You can find more of her insights on nourishing beauty from the inside out at jolenehart.com.
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