Do mushrooms protect against cognitive impairment?

The association between mushroom consumption and mild cognitive impairment: a community-based cross-sectional study in Singapore.

Feng L, Cheah IK, Ng MM, et al.

J Alzheimers Dis 2019; 68:197-203.

Abstract

Background:

We examined the cross-sectional association between mushroom intake and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) using data from 663 participants aged 60 and above from the Diet and Healthy Aging (DaHA) study in Singapore.

Results:

Compared with participants who consumed mushrooms less than once per week, participants who consumed mushrooms >2 portions per week had reduced odds of having MCI (odds ratio = 0.43, 95% CI 0.23-0.78, p = 0.006) and this association was independent of age, gender, education, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, physical activities, and social activities.

Conclusions:

Our cross-sectional data support the potential role of mushrooms and their bioactive compounds in delaying neurodegeneration.

This paper is cited in the neurochecklist:

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI): clinical features

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Fresh champignon mushrooms. Marco Verch on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/30478819@N08/32797873038
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