Saturday October 19, 2019

Eating Mushrooms May Prevent Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

Other compounds contained within mushrooms may also be advantageous for decreasing the risk of cognitive decline

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Mushrooms. Pixabay

Older adults who eat mushrooms more than twice a week can halve their risk of losing memory as well as language and attention skills, a key factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease, finds a new study.

The study, led by a team from the National University of Singapore, found that even one small portion — three quarters of a cup — of mushrooms a week may still be beneficial to reduce the chances of mild cognitive impairment.

It also improved their cognitive tests and led to faster processing speed.

“This association is surprising and encouraging. It seems that a commonly available single ingredient could have a dramatic effect on cognitive decline,” said lead author Lei Feng, Assistant Professor at the varsity.

Chef Eduardo Garcia, founder of Maximo Bistrot and former migrant worker in the US, cuts mushrooms at his restaurant in Mexico City, July 13, 2017.

The reason could be a specific compound found in almost all varieties of mushrooms called ergothioneine (ET).

“ET is a unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which humans are unable to synthesise on their own. But it can be obtained from dietary sources, one of the main ones being mushrooms,” added Irwin Cheah, researcher from the varsity.

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For the study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the team collected data from more than 600 men and women aged above 60.

Other compounds contained within mushrooms may also be advantageous for decreasing the risk of cognitive decline. (IANS)

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Consuming Mushrooms Three Times a Week Cuts Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer in Males

For the findings, a total of 36,499 men, aged 40-79 years who participated in the Miyagi Cohort Study in 1990 and the Ohsaki Cohort Study

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Mushrooms, Prostate Cancer, Males
The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found an inverse relationship between mushroom consumption and the development of prostate cancer among middle-aged and elderly Japanese men. LifetimeStock

Researchers have found that consuming mushrooms three times a week cuts the risk of developing prostate cancer in males.

The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found an inverse relationship between mushroom consumption and the development of prostate cancer among middle-aged and elderly Japanese men.

For the findings, a total of 36,499 men, aged 40-79 years who participated in the Miyagi Cohort Study in 1990 and the Ohsaki Cohort Study in 1994, were followed for a median of 13.2 years.

According to the researchers from Tohoku University in Japan, during follow-up, 3.3 per cent of the participants developed prostate cancer.

 

Mushrooms, Prostate Cancer, Males
Researchers have found that consuming mushrooms three times a week cuts the risk of developing prostate cancer in males. LifetimeStock

Mushroom consumption once or twice a week was associated with an eight per cent lower risk of prostate cancer and consumption three or more times per week was associated with a 17 per cent lower risk.

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However, according to the study lead author Shu Zhang: “the mechanism of the beneficial effects of mushrooms on prostate cancer remains uncertain.” (IANS)