Risk of Cognitive Decline Lowered by Eating Mushrooms
New research says that eating mushrooms might have a huge impact on the risk of having cognitive impairment.
The study was conducted by The National University of Singapore on a group of senior citizens and the results are quite intriguing. The seniors who ate mushrooms twice every week had 50 percent reduced odds of having mild cognitive decline. This is not the first research to look at the health benefits of mushrooms. Two years ago, a different team of researchers discovered that fungi are very rich in two types of antioxidants, with anti-aging effects.
Eating mushrooms – how much every week?
And now the research in Singapore, conducted over a six-year time frame comes to reinforce that idea. The seniors who ate two portions of cooked mushrooms a week were half as likely to have mild cognitive impairment or MCI than the seniors who ate mushrooms less than once a week. One mushroom portion means three-quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms, about five ounces (150 grams). Even smaller portions help with cognitive decline, so get on that bandwagon, as soon as possible!
And when it came to the study participants, the cognitive impairment risk was independent of other factors such as age, gender, education, smoking or non-smoking, consuming alcohol, the propensity for hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, exercise or lack thereof, and social life.
So, what is MCI, you might ask? The Alzheimer’s Association describes it as a “slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills”. People who have it have a higher risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s.
So if you want to keep your cognitive function as sharp as possible, you should really get into the mushroom game. And if you’re planning on making that a bigger part of your menu, check out these mushroom cooking mistakes. So which mushrooms should you have? Here are the most popular types!