Mushrooms could be classed as a ‘superfood’
Research is continuing to conclude whether edible mushrooms can be considered a ‘superfood’, after it was discovered that some contain compounds that are good for the brain.
Suggestions have been made that certain varieties of mushroom could delay the development of dementia, something that researchers are keen to look into further.
The fungi contain chemicals that boost nerves in the brains by preventing inflammation. Researchers reviewed evidence with regard to their anti-Alzheimer’s effects and found “they may fulfil a preventive function against the development of Alzheimer’s disease.”
Professor Vikineswary Sabaratnam, of Malaya University in Kuala Lumpur, said: “Regular consumption of the mushrooms may reduce or delay development of age-related neuro-degeneration.”
Further trials are needed before conclusive benefits can be revealed.