Mushrooms Increase Longevity

A well-researched article by Dr.Mercola, full of helpful information on the value of eating mushrooms.

My mother was always a big fan of mushrooms.

I have risen to the challenge of adding more mushrooms to my diet by sauteing them (any variety) in olive oil and butter, then covering them with an omelette mixture (egg, a small amount of milk or water, salt & pepper whipped together with a fork), adding grated cheese and/or spinach leaves before folding it over to serve with a nice big fresh, organic salad. I like to add them to pasta sauces as well.

Mushrooms blended into coconut milk make a quick, delicious, raw soup. Sauteed and then blended with onion powder, salt and pepper, milk and cream, make an excellent hot soup – and can be much more delicious than the canned soups we were given to eat as children.

“Health food” stores and farmers markets are a source of the more exotic mushrooms discussed in the articles, link below. Each Healthline article links to a plethora of others on the same topic – mushrooms and your health.

And now, on to the article:

A recently published literature review1 found eating 18 grams of any type of mushroom contributes to reducing your potential risk of cancer.

“… [S]cientists think [ergothioneine and glutathione] may help to protect the body against the maladies of old age, such as cancer, coronary heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.”

“What we found is that, without a doubt, mushrooms are the highest dietary source of these two antioxidants [ergothioneine and glutathione] taken together, and that some types are really packed with both of them…

The body has mechanisms to control most of them, including ergothioneine and glutathione, but eventually enough accrue to cause damage, which has been associated with many of the diseases of aging, like cancer, coronary heart disease and Alzheimer’s.”

…in countries like France and Italy, where people have more ergothioneine in their diet, they:

“… have lower incidences of neurodegenerative diseases, while people in countries like the United States, which has low amounts of ergothioneine in the diet, have a higher probability of diseases like Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s.

Now, whether that’s just a correlation or causative, we don’t know. But, it’s something to look into, especially because the difference between the countries with low rates of neurodegenerative diseases is about 3 milligrams per day, which is about five button mushrooms each day.”


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