Eat more mushrooms if you want to avoid dementia

A diet rich in mushrooms may help stave off dementia, new research suggests.

A study of 11 types of fungi found they boosted the brain’s gray matter by raising the production of a chemical called nerve growth factor, or NGF, according to the study, which appeared in the January edition of the Journal of Medicinal Food.

The findings suggest that mushrooms “may fulfill a preventive function against the development of Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Regular consumption of the mushrooms may reduce or delay development of age-related neurodegeneration,” Professor Vikineswary Sabaratnam of Malaya University in Kuala Lumpur concluded in the study.

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“However, extensive animal and human clinical trials are warranted, which may then lead to designing functional food or novel therapeutic drugs to prevent or mitigate the effects of neuro-degenerative diseases,” he added.

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