Findings of a recent study has suggested that consuming muishrooms on a regular basis can help in fighting ageing. The study, conducted by the researchers at the Pennsylvania State University, stated that mushrooms were the highest single source of antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione. Both of these anti-oxidants are linked to anti-ageing effects,
The study stated that mushrooms are packed with the aforementioned antioxidants in a freat quantity. During the study, the researchers tested at least 13 different species of the fungi.
The researchers said that the common white mushrooms had low levels of the two antioxidants in comparison to some other types of mushrooms, however they still had more amount that what one would find in an average non-mushroom food product.
The study concluded that in terms of abundance of the antioxidants, the wild porcini mushroom were the best to consume. The researchers, durnig their study, also noted that while some of the foods lose their health benefits after being cooked, mushrooms however retained the antioxidants and appeared heat-stable.
One of the researchers in the study said that free radical theory states that when the food is oxidized it produces energy but there are also a number of free radicals that are produced that are side products of that action and many of these are quite toxic.
The researchers said that the findings of the study are preliminary and that it has bee found out that the countries which include more ergothioneine in their diets, like France and Italy, also have lower incidences of neurodegenerative diseases. While in counties like the United States, there are higher number of cases of neurodegenerative diseases like the Parkinsons.
The study stated that an average amount of antioxidant seen in the diets in these countries is about 3 milligrams per day, or about five button mushrooms.
The findings of the study were published in the journal Food Chemistry.