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Seniors should eat more mushrooms—a six-year study from the National University of Singapore says doing so could prevent cognitive decline.

Researchers were shocked to find that seniors who consume more than two portions of mushrooms each week may have 50% fewer odds of experiencing mild cognitive impairment. Additionally, even one portion of mushrooms could prove beneficial in reducing these odds.

The team believes that a specific antioxidant and anti-inflammatory found in mushrooms provides these cognitive benefits.

This study recommends seniors increase their mushroom consumption. Researchers hope to soon identify other foods that could help seniors maintain a healthy brain. 


National University of Singapore. (2019, March 12). Eating mushrooms may reduce the risk of cognitive decline. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 27, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is Senior Writer and Editor at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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