Mushrooms could have major anti-aging benefits

Mushrooms have been touted for their many medicinal qualities for years (like boosting immunity and fighting cancer), and now scientists say the wellness-promoting fungus plays a role in anti-aging, too.

In a new study, Pennsylvania State University researchers found mushrooms have the highest dietary sources of two antioxidants (ergothioneine and glutathione)—and that’s good news for your well-being. Having them replenish the body could help counteract the effects of oxidative stress from free radicals, which can lead to health problems down the line.

“The free radical theory of aging says when we oxidize our food to produce energy, there’s a number of free radicals that are produced as side products of that action, and many of them are quite toxic,” said study author Robert Beelman, PhD, in a press release. “The body has mechanisms to control most of them,…

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