If you love mushrooms, you’ve got lots of company. After all, mushrooms taste good… and they’re great for perking up a pizza or sassing up your salad.
But mushrooms have also treated more patients for disease than you might believe.
And the reason is simple – mushrooms learn to survive in some pretty tough environments.
That means they develop specific nutrients that can fight bacteria, viruses, toxins, and even cancer.
So when we eat mushrooms, we get the benefits of those nutrients.
In fact, mushrooms may be one of the greatest anti-aging superfoods on the planet.
But here’s the trick – you need to make sure you’re getting the right kinds.
Two of the most powerful nutrients in mushrooms have been studied extensively: ergothioneine and glutathione.
Ergothioneine was discovered over a century ago. But it was ignored until recent studies showed that it acts as a powerful antioxidant in our bodies.
That means it hunts down and neutralizes the free radicals that trigger early aging and disease.
Glutathione is better known as a master antioxidant. It’s been shown to lower your risk of everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s.
And the best source of these powerful nutrients? Mushrooms.
A research paper, published by the Penn State Center for Plant and Mushroom Products for the health journal, Food Chemistry, described the benefits of mushrooms. Researchers found that white button mushrooms – like the ones you can find in your local grocery store – contain low levels of the two antioxidants, but they’re still higher than those found in most other foods.
The best mushrooms for antioxidant power are Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Maitake, Turkey Tail, and Shiitake. These mushrooms used to be hard to find, but now most grocery stores carry them.
Portabella mushrooms (which are common) have about the same ergothioneine and glutathione as white button mushrooms.
And along with adding mushrooms to your diet, you can super-charge your anti-aging program with these other great tips:
The Super Antioxidant and Anti-Aging Program:
• Get 1000-3000 IU of vitamin D every day. Especially in winter, you need to supplement every day.
• Exercise. Getting enough exercise not only boosts your anti-aging program, but if you do it outside, you get more sunshine – and that helps your body produce its own vitamin D.
• Eat your way to health. Along with mushrooms, eat lots of veggies and fruits – the more colorful the better.
• Take anti-aging nutrients. Alpha-lipoic acid, CoQ10, and astaxanthin are powerful antioxidants and anti-aging nutrients.
• Keep your blood sugar under control. One of the other reasons we age fast is because of out-of-control blood sugar. Use the mineral chromium and the herbal extract berberine to help keep your blood sugar under control.
• Make sure you have enough nutrients to support your whole body. This usually means taking a multivitamin to make up for the nutrients you’re not getting.