A study at the National University of Singapore found that eating mushrooms at least twice a week can prevent language and memory problems, common in people over 60.
The survey was attended by 663 people over the age of 60, who were evaluated between 2011 and 2017. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease .
With the results, then, it is possible to indicate that there is a relationship between good nutrition and less risk of memory problems.
The consumption of the mushroom, which is a fungus, decreased the chances of mild cognitive impairment in proportion to the intake.
That is, the more mushrooms the respondents consumed, the better the results in tests of reasoning and processing.
Although the data is positive, it is still not possible to establish a direct relationship between the brain and the mushrooms, since, during the experiments, the participants also ate fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables, which are also considered good for memory.
Scientists believe that this effect is due to the antioxidant action present in the food.
However, other dietary factors are involved as soon as the participants also ate foods such as oats, pineapples, melons, citrus fruits, berries, cucumbers and fish, which are equally beneficial.
In addition, the mushrooms themselves contain other important nutrients, such as vitamin D, selenium and spermidine, which protect neurons from damage.
Mild Cognitive Impairment (CCL)
Mild cognitive impairment causes memory loss, language problems and difficulty in locating and recognizing space.
But the condition is not serious enough to be considered dementia.
There is still no type of medication or treatment for CCL, but factors such as good nutrition and the practice of exercises that stimulate the mind are good “remedies”.
For the researchers, reducing sugars and salt, not smoking and doing physical activities also helps to prevent mental illnesses, such as mild cognitive impairment.
Activities such as reading and board games combined with a rich and healthy diet can prevent memory loss and difficulties in locating and recognizing.