Study Finds Mushrooms Lower The Risk Of Depression

Study--Finds-Mushrooms-Lower-The--Risk-Of-Depression

A new study for the scientific journal Journal of Affective Disorders found that people who eat might have a lower risk of experiencing depression. For this study, researchers from Penn State University used data on diet (specifically to assess mushroom intake frequency) and mental collected from more than 24,000 American adults between the years 2005 and 2016. 

are high on bioactive compounds that can be associated with reducing anxiety, including B12, nerve growth factor, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory agents, the researchers theorized that mushroom consumption is associated with a lower risk of depression. 

Lead researcher Djibril Ba said in a statement:

are the highest dietary source of the amino acid ergothioneine—an anti-inflammatory which cannot be synthesized by humans

 “Having high levels of this may lower the risk of oxidative stress, which could also reduce the symptoms of depression.”

Study--Finds-Mushrooms-Lower-The--Risk-Of-Depression

The average age of participants was 45, the majority (66 percent) were white people. The researchers observed a significant association between mushroom consumption and lower odds of depression after accounting for socio-demographics, major risk factors, self-reported diseases, medications, and other dietary factors. The study also found that there is no additional benefit with a relatively high mushroom intake. 

The research team conducted a secondary analysis to see if the risk of depression could be lowered by replacing a serving of red or processed meat with a serving of each day. But no connection was found.

The researchers noted some limitations that could be addressed in future studies, unfortunately, the data used for the study did not provide details on the types of consumed. Because the researchers analyzed data from the National and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005–2016, food codes issued by the US Department of Agriculture were used to determine mushroom intake. As a result, the researchers could not determine the effects of specific types of mushrooms on depression. 

Before this research, there have been few studies that have examined the association between mushroom consumption and depression.

While this study specifically focused on mushrooms, several other medical studies have examined the relationship between mental and diet. A study conducted in 2012 found that starting a vegetarian can actually improve one’s mood. Of 39 participants, the researchers found that omnivores reported experiencing more negative moods—such as anxiety, stress, and depression—than vegetarians, possibly due to meat’s higher content of arachidonic acid, a component found to create brain changes that impact disposition. 

Additionally, other studies found that frequent consumption of fast food and processed sweets can increase the risk of depression. Of the nearly 9,000 participants, the researchers discovered that the subjects who ate the most fast food (such as hamburgers and pizza) and baked goods (doughnuts, croissants, and other pastries) were 51 percent more likely to develop depression.

Share with friends:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Vegan Diet Linked To 84% Drop In Menopause Symptoms
The las Vegas strip will get its first vegan fine-dining restaurant
Turkey No Longer Considers Animals As A Commodity
Vegan Leather Handbags Made From Cactus, Not Cows
Volvo Cars to Fully Replace Fossil Fuel Engines By 2030
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Vegansbay guide to vegan mac and cheese
The flavor of memories is everlasting. These five kinds of vegan macaroni and cheese in a box...
Leonardo DiCaprio joins Lewis Hamilton in expanding his neat burger to the united states
Neat Burger, a vegan fast-food company headquartered in the United Kingdom and funded by Formula...
Nacho Vegan Cheese Dip
You would be surprised to learn that this is comprised entirely of potatoes, carrots, and no...
Animal Species That overcame endangerment and How To Keep Them That Way
Earth Day encompasses a wide range of activities. One of them serves as a reminder that growth...
Asparagus and Leek Quiche
This quiche recipe doesn’t use gluten, and you can make it nut-free by replacing the...
Why Are We Still Feeding Dogs Meat?
According to a growing body of studies, dogs on meat-based diets may suffer serious health...