Regular consumption of mushrooms can be an effective remedy for aging skin, according to a new study. The study conducted by scientists at Pennsylvania State University revealed that mushrooms are the highest single source of anti-aging properties – antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione.
Mushrooms don’t lose their health benefits when cooked
The study recently published in the Journal Food Chemistry indicated that mushrooms are abundantly filled with antioxidants, which were present in the 13 species that they experimented. Common white button mushrooms contained low amounts of glutathione and ergothioneine compared to other species, but it was still higher than what could be seen in an average non-mushrooms diet. Nonetheless, wild porcini mushrooms are the best bet for anti-aging properties. The researchers additionally noted that the antioxidants in mushrooms are not affected by heat, unlike some foods that lose their health benefits when cooked.
Mushrooms lower the rate of aging diseases
One of the scientists noted that, as indicated by the free radical argument, when the food is oxidized, it not only gives energy but some side-products – which are also free radicals – that are quite harmful. While the body possesses the ability to control a host of them, including glutathione and ergothioneine, but in the end, the free radicals accumulate to cause harm. This has been related to a large number of chronic diseases of aging, such as coronary heart disease and cancer.
The scientists noted that while the results are preliminary, it is undoubtedly true that the countries that have more ergothioneine in their food, countries like Italy and France, also have low occurrences of neurodegenerative diseases, the diets of these countries contain an average amount of 3millgrams of antioxidants daily or about five button mushrooms. While individuals in other countries like the US, with a low level of ergothioneine in their food, have a higher incidence of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.