MUSHROOMS may hold back the early signs of dementia.
Scientists found people who ate more than two 150g portions a week were half as likely to suffer mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
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The condition is a transition phase between normal ageing and dementia and hits memory, attention and spatial awareness.
Researchers from the National University of Singapore believe a compound in mushrooms called ergothioneine could help protect the brain from ageing.
A previous study found levels were lower among patients with MCI. Dr Lei Feng, who led the Singapore team, said: “This correlation is surprising and encouraging.
“It seems that a commonly available single ingredient could have a dramatic effect on cognitive decline.
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“Based on current evidence, we propose that mushroom consumption could be a potential preventative measure to slow cognitive decline and neurodegeneration in ageing.”
The study’s findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Up to 2.4million Brits are thought to be living with MCI and 850,000 with dementia.
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