Do Mushrooms Help our Memory?
Ergothioneine to the Rescue
A 2019 article in New York Times states that if you want to reduce your chances of developing memory and language problems in later life, it may be worth eating more mushrooms.
A study at the National University of Singapore in China found that Chinese men and women age 60 or older, whose diet, lifestyle, and cognitive function were traced from 2011 to 2017 found that eating a 5 ounce portion of mushrooms a week or more had a 43 percent lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment. Those who ate more than 2 portions had a 52 percent risk reduction. Considered a precursor to Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) causes forgetfulness, memory problems, and other cognitive issues. The study cites that mushrooms contain ergothioneine, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and other nutrients and minerals that protect our neurons from damage. To read more, go to Nicholas Bakalar's article 'Mushrooms May Reduce the Risk of Memory Problems'.
The take away from the study and recent publications is that eating more mushrooms can help our memories.