Eating Mushrooms May Reduce the Risk of Depression

According to a new study, led by Penn State College of Medicine, eating mushrooms, in addition to such benefits as decreasing the risk of cancer and premature death, may also reduce the risk of developing depression.Eating Mushrooms May Reduce the Risk of Depression

For their study, a team of researchers analyzed data on diet and mental health collected from more than 24,000 U.S. adults between 2005 and 2016. The analysis showed that people who ate mushrooms had lower chances to develop depression.

Scientists believe that mushrooms provide this advantage due to the ergothioneine, an antioxidant able to protect against cell and tissue damage in the body.

Lead researcher Djibril Ba, who recently graduated from the epidemiology doctoral program at the College of Medicine, says: “Mushrooms are the highest dietary source of the amino acid ergothioneine - an anti-inflammatory which cannot be synthesized by humans. Having high levels of this may lower the risk of oxidative stress, which could also reduce the symptoms of depression.”

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