If you are deficient in copper, then you run the risk of developing heart disease. Because your body can’t create copper internally, it’s your job to supply it through food and nutrients. Not only do Shiitake mushrooms contain 65% of your daily-recommended copper intake, but it’s one of the few metallic elements that also supply your diet with a necessary and healthy dose of fatty and amino acids.*
Seek out Shiitake mushrooms that are firm and plump; avoid wrinkled and slimy picks. At home you can cover and store fresh mushrooms in your fridge for up to a week. To prepare: wipe them clean with a damp cloth and then sauté them with onion and garlic for a tasty and healthy side dish.
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