Besides being a great source of protein and vitamins, mushrooms are high in antioxidants may have anti-ageing potential as well.
According to a study published in a recent issue of Food Chemistry, researchers found that mushrooms have the highest dietary source of two antioxidants taken together that can slow down your ageing process.
Our bodies produce free radicals that are harmful when it uses the food we have consumed to produce energy. It can cause oxidative stress on our bodies, as we are unable to repair the damage effectively. This can lead to age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer.
However, we can counter-balance this effect by replenishing enough of the antioxidants to our bodies to protect against oxidative stress. And mushrooms contain a high amount of these antioxidants.
So far, researchers have discovered that the porcini species has the highest amount of the two antioxidants. Although other common mushroom types such as the white button do not contain as much, they still have higher amounts as compared to other foods.
Maybe it’s time to take your dishes up a notch by adding these fungi to your diet.