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Can Mushrooms Help Prevent Cognitive Decline?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Compared with people who ate mushrooms less than once per week, those who ate mushrooms twice or more per week had a 50% lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • One portion was defined as three-quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms, or 150 grams, which is a reasonable amount to add to your diet
  • Mushrooms contain ergothioneine (ET), which is sometimes referred to as a master antioxidant
  • Previous research showed that people with MCI had lower levels of ET than their peers, leading researchers to believe it may play a role in neurodegeneration

Edible mushrooms are an unassuming superfood with health benefits that can rival even the most nutritious vegetables. Mushrooms — which are fungi, not plants — have recently been shown to support brain health, such that they may slash your risk of cognitive decline even if you eat them only twice a week.

Considering mushrooms are widely available, relatively inexpensive and suitable for a wide variety of culinary uses — not to mention delicious — adding them to your diet may be one of the simplest ways to support your brain health — and more.

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