Clinical Studies Say Mushrooms Provide Brain Power – Invite Health Podcast , Episode 168
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Mushrooms are tasty and some are very beneficial. They are not in the fruit nor vegetable family but they are plants. We know this because their cells have cell walls, just like plants. Just to confuse us, they are classified as fungi which are more related to animals than plants but mushroom are definitely plants. Chefs consider mushrooms to be a vegetable when cooking and nutritionists may consider them to be a vegetable when looking at nutritional value.
What Gives Mushroom Their Brain Power Benefit?
Mushrooms are complex, supplying many very useful ingredients including beta-glucans, which are polysaccharides that help the immune system. They also create a form of vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, and an extremely powerful and rare antioxidant known as ergotheanine. This may be the strongest natural antioxidant known to science. Antioxidants in general help protect your cells from damage and are very effective for inflammation.
Human clinical trials now show that frequently consuming a good amount of mushrooms – about twice a week. Consuming a well-known edible mushroom called Lions Mane may help seniors retain their memory while clicking their mood up a couple of levels. The botanical name for Lions Mane is Hericium erinaceus.
New studies are showing the mushrooms keep your brain going strong. A recent study from the National University of Singapore Medical School reports that consuming more than two portions of mushrooms per week can cut the risk of mild cognitive impairment by 52%. Eating one portion a week can reduce it by 43%.
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