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New study finds mushrooms works as an anti-ageing cure

New study finds mushrooms works as an anti-ageing cure”

Different species of mushrooms contain different amounts of these two antioxidants.

A team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University found that mushrooms are surprisingly full of both compounds, and that some of the 13 species they tested contained vastly higher levels than others.

New research reveals that mushrooms are "without a doubt" the highest known single source of the antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione, which are both associated with anti-aging properties. Free radicals are oxygen atoms with unpaired electrons that arise as a by-product of the process in which the body converts food into energy. Free radicals are also associated with accelerated aging, inflammation and age related damages. "The body has mechanisms to control a lot of them, including ergothioneine and glutathione, but eventually enough accrue to cause damage, which has been associated with numerous diseases of aging, like cancer, coronary heart disease and Alzheimer's".

Antioxidants are also found in other foods such as egg yolk, liver, beans, oat bran etc. Mushrooms still remain the richer source Beelman said.

"The body has mechanisms to control majority, including ergothioneine and glutathione, but eventually enough accrue to cause damage, which has been associated with numerous diseases of aging, like cancer, coronary heart disease and Alzheimer's", said Robert Beelman, professor emeritus of food science and director of the Penn State Center for Plant and Mushroom Products for Health. However it were the wild porcini mushroom which were picked as the best bets.

Replenishing antioxidants in the body, then, may help protect against this oxidative stress. "This species is really popular in Italy where searching for it has become a national pastime".

The study demonstrated that porcini mushrooms contained the most antioxidants and should be considered as an excellent dietary source.

Other interesting tidbits from the study include the discovery of a correlation between the amounts of ergothioneine and glutathione, meaning mushrooms that were high in one were also high in the other.

"The body has mechanisms to control a lot of them, including ergothioneine and glutathione, but eventually enough accrue to cause damage, which has been associated with numerous diseases of ageing, like cancer, coronary heart disease and Alzheimer's", Beelman said. One indication of benefit, he noted, was the fact that people living in France and Italy had lower incidence of these neurodegenerative diseases compared to those living in the United States.

The researchers said that future research may look at any role that ergothioneine and glutathione have in decreasing the likelihood of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.



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