Mushrooms Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
A 2017 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food has found that some mushrooms contain compounds that may protect the brain against neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
According to Medical Xpress, researchers from the University of Malaya found that eating certain mushrooms may protect against neurotoxic stimuli, like inflammation, and could also enhance the brain’s nerve growth. Both of these processes contribute to neurodegenerative diseases — including dementia and Alzheimer’s.
“The current study might stimulate the identification of more food materials that are neuroprotective,” said Journal of Medicinal Food Editor-in-Chief Sampath Parthasarathy, Medical Xpress reported. The research focuses on mushrooms’ “bioactive components” and the neuroprotective and cognitive benefits that they bring to the table. This is one of the first studies focusing on certain food’s brain benefits, Parthasarathy said.
Knowing how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is a growing concern. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages had Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, the Alzheimer’s Association reported. Additionally, one in three seniors dies of the disease or another form of dementia.