Mushrooms to the Rescue of Cognitive Decline

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Kind of funny how Mushrooms can benefits us in so many ways. In High School we used to joke about others acting strange and say “Are you smoking magic mushrooms or something?”

This study is from the Department of Psychological Medicine and Department of Biochemistry at the Young Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Three-quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms weekly may have 50% reduced odds of having mild cognitive impairment (MCI). It was shown that even one small portion of mushrooms (less than three-quarters of a cup) of mushrooms a week may still be beneficial to reduce the chances of MCI.

The six-year study, which was conducted from 2011 to 2017, collected data from more than 600 Chinese seniors over the age of 60 living in Singapore. The results were published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Six types of mushrooms in Singapore were referenced in the study

  • Golden
  • Oyster
  • Shiitake
  • White button
  • Tried and canned mushrooms.

However, it is likely that other mushrooms not referenced would also have beneficial effects.

They believe a compound found in the mushrooms called ergothioneine (ET) which is found in almost all varieties of mushrooms is believed to reduce the prevalence of MCI to those that eat mushrooms. “ET is a unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which humans are unable to synthesize on their own. But it can be obtained from dietary sources, one of the main ones being mushrooms.”

May your days be filled with good health, good friends, good food, and most of all; much love,


Dexter D Black

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