People who eat mushrooms more than at least two times a week may enjoy benefits which were not known before according to a new study. A particular antioxidant which can be found in the mushrooms could help consumers reduce brain degradation.
People who ate a more significant amount of mushrooms were able to score better in tests which assessed thinking and the ability to process information. While the news is great, the researchers aren’t able to highlight a direct connection between mushroom consumption and the beneficial effects.
Researchers from the University of Singapore made the study. The researchers observed 664 Chinese adults over 60 years old, analyzing their diet and lifestyle for six years. As time passed, the researchers noticed that those who consumed at least two portions of mushrooms per week presented a lower risk to develop mild cognitive impairment. The threat was up to 50% lower in comparison to other participants which consumed a portion or less per week.
Mushrooms Can Reduce Brain Degeneration
The results of the study are quite encouraging. Mild cognitive impairment can subtly affect many people. They could become quite forgetful, start to encounter language problems and are unable to find specific objects even if they interacted with them recently.
The problems can be very inconvenient, but the disease is too mild to be classified as dementia. Those that participated in the study answered several questions. One of them involved which of six types of mushrooms were consumed more often. The mushrooms in question are oyster, shiitake, golden, dried tinned, and white button. The participants were then asked to complete brain tests and the those that consumed a high amount of mushrooms were able to complete the tests faster.
It’s quite surprising that the effects of the mushrooms are so potent in reducing brain degradation. Mushrooms contain a high amount of ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant. Further research is needed, but the results of the study have been already published in a peer-reviewed journal.