The Surprising Food that Could Cut Your Dementia Risk by 50%

What could be more terrifying than feeling like your mind is betraying you? Yet, that is how many sufferers of dementia begin to feel as they lose their memory, ability to reason, word recall, and ability to plan or organize. Yet, it may surprise most people to learn that even food choices can play a role in whether or not we will suffer from dementia.

A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that simply eating more mushrooms could help to protect your brain from cognitive impairment. The researchers found that those people who had the highest intake of edible mushrooms also had the lowest risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

The researchers at the National University of Singapore explored the possibility that eating more mushrooms could protect cognitive abilities later in life. They included 663 people aged 60 and studied them over 6 years. They focused on the most common mushrooms eaten in Singaporean cuisine, which include: golden, oyster, shiitake, white button, dried or canned button mushrooms. They counted ľ of a cup of cooked mushrooms as a single portion.

They also measured the participants’ cognitive abilities throughout the study, using a variety of techniques, including: the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (to assess IQ), interviews and a series of physical and psychological tests. Weight and height were measured, as well as blood pressure, hand grip and walking speed. The study participants were also assessed for cognition, depression and anxiety, and rated on a dementia symptom scale.

Astonishingly, the researchers found that eating two or more servings of mushrooms per week was sufficient to reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment by 50 percent. They believe that a compound known as ergothioneine (ET), a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound found in mushrooms, may be responsible for the impressive results. Mushrooms are among the best sources of this powerful brain protective compound.

But, ET may not be the only factor as mushrooms contain a diversity of healing compounds known as hericenones, erinacines, scabronines and dictyophorines, all of which could contribute to the growth of bran cells.

While it is not clear which of the compounds, or whether all of the compounds, are to thank for mushrooms’ memory protective properties, it is easy to start benefiting from them by simply eating more mushrooms in your diet. Here are some easy ways to incorporate more into your daily diet:

-Add a handful of button mushrooms to your favorite soup.

-Stuff mushrooms with other delicious foods and herbs.

-Top a salad with some raw mushrooms.

-Replace meat like beef with grilled portobello mushrooms for a delicious plant-based burger.

-Saute onions and mushrooms for a delicious side-dish or to serve over a soup or salad.

-Add mushrooms to kebabs for grilling.

-I make a delicious gravy from onions, mushrooms and rosemary simply by cooking them together, blending, straining and then adding a tablespoon or two of gluten-free flour in a bit of water and heating to thicken.

-Cook mushrooms and onions to make a delicious base for other soup ingredients.

-Add mushrooms to stews.

-Add a handful of mushrooms to your favorite curry dishes.

-Here are 24 more ways to enjoy mushrooms!

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM shares her food growing, cooking, and other food self-sufficiency adventures at FoodHouseProject.com. She is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News, founder of Scent-sational Wellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, & Cooking. Follow her work.

 

102 comments

Lara A
Lara A10 days ago

Thanks very much

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Elizabeth Shipley

I did not think that eating raw mushrooms was a good idea.

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

The absolute best way to eat mushrooms is to saute them in a small amount of oil and the juice of an entire lemon. You won't believe how amazing they taste.

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Patricia A
Past Member about a month ago

TYFS

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Tabot T
Tabot Tabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Kevin B
Peter Babout a month ago

Thanks for posting

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Melanie S
Melanie St. Germaineabout a month ago

Mushroom are yummy!

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Lindsay K
Lindsay Kempabout a month ago

I love mushrooms and eat them quite often, so very good to know this! Many thanks for sharing.

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Toni W
Toni Wabout a month ago

TYFS

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Toni W
Toni Wabout a month ago

TYFS

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