Mushrooms can help protect against dementia

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, regularly eating mushrooms – the same tasty “fungi” you find in everything from omelettes to stir-frys – lowers your risk of developing dementia.

The study followed a group of about 13,000 older Japanese people for nearly six years, keeping track of how often they ate mushrooms (among other lifestyle factors).

At the end of the study, the researchers compared participants who rarely ate mushrooms (less than once per week) to those who ate them regularly (one to two times per week and three or more times per week).

It turned out that the most frequent mushroom eaters had the LOWEST incidence of dementia!

That’s solid evidence that eating mushrooms may actually PREVENT cognitive decline.

So, to stop your senior moments from “mushrooming” into full-blown dementia, it’s time to add more of this fantastic fungus to your diet.

As someone who’s studied and practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine, this news doesn’t come as a surprise to me. Practitioners of ancient medicine have been using mushrooms to heal a wide variety of disorders for centuries – and mainstream Western science is finally catching up.

Reishi mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and maitake mushrooms are mainstays of not only Chinese medicine to treat a variety of illnesses, but also of delicious Asian dishes.

But you can pick whatever mushroom variety pleases your palate.

Portobello mushrooms are great on the grill… cremini and porcini mushrooms lend themselves well to Italian dishes… and regular old button mushrooms are ideal for salads and eggs (not to mention easy on the wallet).

Eating mushrooms regularly may have benefits for your body as well as your mind, from reducing your risk of cancer to keeping weight in check .

And these fabulous fungi are also rich in antioxidants, so they can naturally detoxify your body, too.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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New Dementia Study Results Reported from Graduate School of Medicine, lifeextension.com/News/LefDailyNews?NewsID=26511&Section=AGING

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