- Penn State College of Medicine finds that mushrooms can ease depression
- Anti-inflammatory amino acids present in mushrooms may help fight this condition
- Study looked at diet and mental health data from more than 24,000 US adults
One study claims that eating mushrooms can help reduce your risk of depression.
Penn State College of Medicine Specialists looked at dietary and mental health data from more than 24,000 adults.
His decade-long research showed that volunteers who abstained from mushrooms were more likely to develop depression.
Lead author Dr Joshua Muscat said: ‘The study adds to the growing list of potential health benefits of eating mushrooms.’
Academics believe that an anti-inflammatory amino acid produced by mushrooms may be behind the effect.
A study claims that eating mushrooms may help reduce the risk of depression.
Magic mushroom can be used to treat depression
One study claims that the psychedelic drug found in mushrooms may act as an antidepressant.
Psilocybin, a compound that occurs naturally in some mushrooms, may be able to increase the long-lasting connections between neurons in the brain by as much as 10 percent.
A research team from Yale University believes that these relationships may reduce the effects of depression on the individual.
The study, which was published in July in the journal Neuron, also found that the strength of neuron connections increases as well.
“Not only did we see a 10 percent increase in the number of neuronal connections, but they were on average about 10 percent larger, so the connections were even stronger,” said study senior author and associate professor of psychiatry Alex Kwan. of neuroscience at Yale.
The researchers tested the drug in rats.
They found that within 24 hours of receiving the drug, the rats were showing an increase in the number of dendritic spines, the part of neurons that transmit information to each other.
Dr Jibril Ba, lead researcher of the study, said: ‘Mushrooms are the highest dietary source of the amino acid ergothioneine – an anti-inflammatory that cannot be synthesized by humans.
‘Having high levels of it may reduce the risk of oxidative stress, which may also reduce symptoms of depression.’
Previous studies have shown that ergothioneine may help reduce the odds of people developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
The potassium in white button mushrooms is also known to help reduce the onset of anxiety.
But the researchers did not differentiate which types of mushrooms were eaten, so were unable to determine which are best for reducing mental illness.
The participants were divided into three groups, based on how many mushrooms they ate.
The lowest tertile consumed no, while the middle bracket ate the equivalent of 4.9ga a day.
Volunteers in the highest tertile ate an average of 19.6 grams per day. That’s about a quarter of a standard serving.
The dietary data was also taken from the US Department of Agriculture’s food codes, which may have been incorrectly entered or incorrectly entered.
Researchers took dietary data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which relies on self-reported dietary recall of up to two days.
And depression was measured using the Patient Health Questionnaire.
The research found that university-educated white women were more likely to eat more mushrooms. The median age of those surveyed was 45 years.
The researchers adjusted for age, gender and demographics, self-reported diseases, medications, and other dietary factors.
They also ran a separate test to see if replacing a portion of red meat with mushrooms reduced depression, but did not find an association.