14 Health Benefits of Truffle


Truffles are the ectomycorrhizal fungal highly praised around the globe. Naturally, the dispersal mediums of the fungi are the animals that consume the fungi.

Truffle is the high price fungus around the globe. Unlike the Yarsagumba, which is one of the expensive fungi and are not commercially cultivated, truffles are cultivated on the industrial scale.

Depending upon the types of the truffle they are consumed in raw or by streaming and in the variety of forms. Further, due to high expensive nature of the truffle combined with the pungent aroma they are used sparingly.


Table of Content

Commercial Cultivation

Types

Why truffles are Expensive?

Extraction

Commercial Farming

Nutrition

Health Benefits of Truffle

1. Kidney Disease
2. Prevent Cancer
3. Soothe Arthritis
4. Prolong Life
5. Control  Diabetes
6. Blood Pressure
7 Control Cholesterol
8. Cognitive Function
9. Depression
10. Prevent Constipation
11. Beneficial During Pregnancy
12. Gut Flora
13. Healthy Bone
14. Anemia

Side Effects

Diarrhea


Commercial Cultivation


Due to the ability of the truffles to form the symbiotic association with several tree species such as pine, birch, oak and many other species it is commercially cultivated around the globe. Truffle can be harvested throughout the year, which makes it the lucrative profession for the commercial cultivator.

Types


There are various types of truffle, which include black, summer or burgundy, white, whitish, garlic and many others.  Each type of truffle grows best in symbiosis with different plant species and climatic condition.


Why truffles are Expensive?


Truffles are expensive simply of the high demand and low supply. The supply of the truffle is lethargic due to several reasons some are listed below:

First, the truffles are difficult to find under natural conditions. Only the trained dog and pig can be used in the extraction of the truffle.

Second, the commercial cultivation of the truffle requires intensive care and humongous experience, which makes the cultivation highly expensive.

Extraction


Truffles are found beneath the ground, which requires various trained dogs and pigs for extraction.

Trained dog are easy to manage and has the astute sense of smell. Further, the advantage of the trained dog is that they are easy to manage compared to the pig. These increase the profitability in the truffle business.

Pigs have the natural instinct to extract the truffle. As the compound innate in the truffle named androstenol mimic the sex pheromone of the bore saliva. The risk of using hog is that they tend to consume the truffle upon extraction. Further, they can cause severe damage in the mycelia.

Commercial Farming


Due to high lucrative nature of the truffle business followed by the high return on investment. The interest in the commercial farming is contently on rising. Any soil with the pH of around 7.9, which is, slightly alkaline is suitable for the cultivation of the truffle.

Precise placement of the fungus in the host tree can yield the truffle after five years. Sustainable harvesting can be done for more than 80 years (1).
  

Nutrition


Truffle is lush with the goodness of carbohydrate, which comprises of around seventy-three percent of the carbohydrate of with more than seventy percent is of the dietary fiber.

It has the scant amount of fat that is less than one percent and nine percent of the protein.

The vitamins present in the truffle are the vitamin B6 insignificant amount.

The minerals present in the truffle are the Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium in varying amount (2).


  

Health Benefits of Truffle


1. Kidney Disease


Low protein diet followed by the innate goodness of the vitamin B 6, which is beneficial in the prevention of the kidney disease. Intake of the truffle is associated with the aid in the adequate functioning of the kidney in the human.

Functioning of the multiple organ systems can be benefited by the innate vitamin B 6 in Truffle (3).
  

2. Prevent Cancer


Wild truffle is claimed to have the therapeutic property to cure cancer in the human body (4).
  
Cancer can be defined as the abnormal growth of the cell. The malignant type of cancer can spread in different part of the body and can be fatal if not treated well ahead of time.

There are several research pointing out the demise in the occurrence of cancer by simple diet modification.


3. Soothe Arthritis


Intake of the truffle is considered to be soothing effect during the arthritis occurrence in the human (5).
  
Arthritis is characterized by the inflammation of the joints, which can create series of noisome effect in the pain and joints.

4. Prolong Life


The goodness of the antioxidant innate in the truffle is beneficial in the prolonging of the human life (6).
  
The antioxidants are beneficial in the prevention of the damaging effect of the free radical in the cell. Constant attack of the free radical in the cell is often caused as the damaging effect in the cell thus decreasing the life expectancy.

5. Control  Diabetes


Truffle has the high proportion of the dietary fiber with significantly low on the glycemic index. This is beneficial for the effective regulation of the glucose in the human body (7). 

6. Blood Pressure


The goodness of the high amount of the potassium innate in the truffle followed by the beneficial effect of other compounds. Consumption of the truffle helps to lower the blood pressure in the human (8).


7 Control Cholesterol


Truffle has the negligible amount of the fat and the cholesterol is virtually absent in the truffle. This can have the beneficial effect in mentioning the cholesterol in the human body (9).

8. Cognitive Function


A research done at the University of Rome found that the compound named anandamide in the truffle is beneficial in boosting cognitive function (10).

9. Depression


The goodness of the innate psilocybin in the truffle is beneficial in the prevention of the depression in the human (11).

The occurrence of the depression is rising and slight diet modification can prevent the occurrence of the depression.

10. Prevent Constipation


The high amount of the dietary fiber in the truffle is beneficial in the prevention of constipation in the human.

Dietary fiber helps in the facilitation of the adequate movement of the bowel thus preventing the occurrence of constipation in the human body (12).

11. Beneficial During Pregnancy


Due to the high amount of the minerals and various beneficial nutrient consumption of the truffle, which is beneficial to for the fetus development during pregnancy (13).
  
Although there are several contrasting belief on the intake of the truffle during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is considered as the important stage in the women life and the intake of the food should be taken with caution.

12. Gut Flora


An adequate level of the gut flora is obtained by the high fiber in the truffle. Adequate maintenance of the gut flora is vital to obtain the healthy digestive system (14).

13. Healthy Bone


The goodness of the innate Calcium, Magnesium and another mineral in the truffle helps in increasing the bone density (15).
  
The role of the Magnesium to obtain the healthy bone are often neglected but has the immense application.


14. Anemia


Truffle is lush in the iron, which is beneficial in the prevention of the occurrence of the anemia in the human body. Anemia is the disease caused by the lack of the iron in the diet. Iron being the essential component of the hemoglobin helps in the transfer of the oxygen molecule to the various part of the human body (16).
  

Side Effects


Diarrhea


Consumption of the truffle especially the black can upset the bowel, which can lead to the occurrence of diarrhea in the human body (17).

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