- Mushrooms could play a role in promoting brain health, a study claims
- Researchers say the food increases production of the nerve growth factor
- This regulates the growth and maintenance of certain nerve cells in the brain
- Brain neurons are then protected from chemical substances and inflammation
Mushrooms could be the food that protects you from Alzheimer’s disease, a new study claims.
Scientists have found that mushrooms contain contain bioactive compounds that could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of neurodegeneration.
It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and, worldwide, 42 million cases are expected by 2020.
Despite the advancement of medication, the management of these diseases has remained largely ineffective.
But new research shows that properties in certain edible and medicinal mushrooms could enhance nerve growth in the brain and protect against causes of age-related diseases.
The bioactive compounds found in mushrooms could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, a new study claims
Previous evidence has proven that mushrooms exhibit antioxidant, antitumor, antivirus, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-diabetic activities.
Mushrooms with anti-inflammatory properties may be used as functional foods to combating high blood pressure which contributes to many age-related chronic diseases including neurodegenerative diseases, according to researchers.
The study, conducted at the University of Malaysia, looked at the scientific information available on mushrooms with regards to their anti-dementia active compounds and/or pharmacological test results.
Scientists selected 11 different types of edible and medicinal mushrooms and studied their effects on mice and rat brains.