Feeling down? Mushrooms could help

Mushrooms aren’t something I would consider to be one of my preferred foods. I have to be in the mood to eat mushrooms, and when I am in said mood, the way in which the mushrooms are prepared makes a difference. I’ll eat mushrooms if they’re in a pasta dish or on top of pizza, for example, but to eat straight up fungi is a rarity for me.

I feel bad for mushrooms, as ridiculous as that sounds, because I feel like they aren’t enjoyed by a tremendous amount of people. But they are filled with a lot of beneficial properties and nutrients, and, further, they could help combat depression for people who suffer from it, according to an article by Good News Network. Take a look.

“Mushrooms have been making headlines due to their many health advantages. Not only do they lower one’s risk of cancer and premature death, but new research led by Penn State College of Medicine also reveals that these superfoods may benefit a person’s mental health.

“Penn State researchers used data on diet and mental health collected from more than 24,000 U.S. adults between 2005 and 2016. They found that people who ate mushrooms had lower odds of having depression.

“According to the researchers, mushrooms contain ergothioneine, an antioxidant that may protect against cell and tissue damage in the body. Studies have shown that antioxidants help prevent several mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.

“White button mushrooms, which are the most commonly consumed mushroom variety in the U.S., contain potassium, which is believed to lower anxiety. In addition, certain other species of edible mushrooms, especially Hericium erinaceus, also known as Lion’s Mane, may stimulate the expression of neurotrophic factors such as nerve growth factor synthesis, which could have an impact on preventing neuropsychiatric disorders including depression,” the article explains.

As it turns out, there is now a stronger incentive for myself, and anyone else who isn’t the biggest fan of mushrooms, to eat these little guys slightly more often.

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