There are two types of people in this world:
Those who pick the mushrooms off the “everything” pizza…
And those who will happily add those discarded mushrooms to their own slice.
OK, so there’s also a third type: Me.
I’d toss the pizza and the rest of the toppings… and keep the mushrooms!
There’s no better bang for your health buck than mushrooms, and the latest research reveals how those little forest treasures can pull off something that has Big Pharma execs seething in jealousy.
They’ve TRIED repeatedly to make a drug for the frustrating mental lapses of cognitive impairment (the ones that could mean you’re at risk for Alzheimer’s disease) and they’ve failed every time.
In a way, it’s one of their BIGGEST untapped markets.
But thanks to mushrooms, this potential billion-dollar market could dry up almost overnight!
How MUSHROOMS could protect your brain
Some people just accept that as they get older, the gears in the brain will slow down.
In reality, they just need a little grease to get moving – and the new study reveals how adding mushrooms to your meals could give those gears just what they need.
All you have to do is eat them twice a week.
In the new study, seniors who enjoyed two servings a week or more had HALF the risk of mild cognitive impairment.
The secret in the ‘shrooms appears to be an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound called ergothioneine. In previous studies, seniors with mild cognitive impairment had much lower levels of this compound.
Since your body can’t make it on its own, you have to get it from diet… and the best way to get it from diet is – you guessed it – mushrooms.
The mushrooms in the new study are the ones found most commonly in Singapore, where the research was conducted, but there are also varieties you can find here in the U.S.:
- Golden (aka enoki) mushrooms
- Oyster mushrooms
- Shiitake mushrooms
- White button mushrooms
The study also included dried mushrooms, which are less commonly used here, but if you want to experiment with them you can often find them in larger grocery stories and Asian markets.
Even canned button mushrooms helped, although you should always try to eat fresh as much as possible.
Want an even BIGGER boost?
A mushroom called lion’s mane– aka Hericium erinaceus – may help stimulate the growth of myelin sheaths, an essential part of your brain cells, which has made it an intriguing target of Alzheimer’s research.
It’s available in some supermarkets for your meals, as well as in supplement form.