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Re: Exploring new (for me) medication

Posted by Hugh on October 25, 2021, at 11:21:44

In reply to Exploring new (for me) medication, posted by Jay2112 on October 14, 2021, at 20:02:27

It looks like psychedelic mushrooms aren't the only kind that are good for depression.


A new study has linked eating mushrooms to reduced risk of depression.
Study authors believe an antioxidant called ergothioneine may be responsible for this effect.
Mushrooms are the best dietary source of ergothioneine.
Mushrooms also contain several other health-promoting nutrients, including various B vitamins, vitamin D, and zinc.

Not only are mushrooms a nutritious food to eat, they may also be beneficial to your mental health, according to a group of Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

In a new study, the Penn State team reported that people who consume mushrooms have a lower risk of developing depression.

Djibril Ba, lead researcher and a recent graduate from the epidemiology doctoral program at Penn State College of Medicine, said this may be due to the fact that mushrooms contain minerals such as potassium and the amino acid ergothioneine, which can lower the risk of anxiety and depression.

"Ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant present in high levels in mushrooms, can only be obtained through dietary sources," Ba told Healthline.

He said mushrooms are the largest dietary source of ergothioneine.

"Having high levels of ergothioneine in the body may help to prevent oxidative stress, which is known to play a significant role in the development of various neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression," Ba noted.

Compared with participation with the lowest mushroom consumption, those who had moderate to high intakes had a lower risk of having depression.

However, eating more mushrooms was not necessarily better. The people with higher consumption fared about the same as those with a moderate level of consumption.

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