Mild cognitive impairment.
It’s that frightening no man’s land which falls between ordinary “senior moments” and full-blown dementia.
Were all at risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as we age. And unfortunately mainstream medicine mostly just ignores it.
After all, no drug or surgery can cure the condition. So most folks are just left to wonder if their occasional brain burps are becoming something more serious.
But just ignoring cognitive changes as you get older ISN’T the answer. Because that can backfire on you.
MCI puts you at a higher risk for developing dementia.
But reducing your risk for the condition could help you avoid a full-blown case of memory-destroying Alzheimer’s down the road.
To protect your memory make it mushrooms
And it turns out that the secret to doing just that could be regular old run of the mill mushrooms.
It may sound a little strange. But the science is solid.
In fact, according to a new cutting-edge study downing a regular “dose” of delicious mushrooms with dinner could be all it takes to avoid mild cognitive impairment.
Enjoy them however you like. Sprinkle some into a salad, fold a few into an omelet, or sauté a whole mess of them as a side dish a few nights a week.
And you could be rewarded with driving your risk for mild cognitive impairment down OVER 50 percent.
Slice your risk for mild cognitive impairment IN HALF
Researchers recruited 600 seniors for their study.
And after carefully reviewing participant’s diets they found mushroom fans developed mild cognitive impairment at a SIGNIFICANTLY lower rate than folks who avoided the fungi.
We’re not even talking about anything exotic or expensive here, either. Just regular old white button or shitake mushrooms will do the trick.
You know, the kind you can pick up in just about any grocery store. In fact, even the volunteers who ate canned mushrooms (which I DON’T recommend) slashed their risk of MCI too.
All it took was eating three-quarters of a cup of mushrooms twice a week to send their risk of MCI plummeting by 52 percent.
Mushrooms protect your brain from oxidative stress
Researchers say a compound called ergothioneine is the key.
But ergothioneine, a potent antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory can help fight off that damage. Plus, the mild cognitive impairment that goes with it.
And, of course, one of the best sources of this unique compound is mushrooms.
But the benefits of mushroom-derived ergothioneine don’t end there.
The antioxidant has ALSO been shown help keep Alzheimer’s-linked beta-amyloid levels in check too.
In other words, making room for more mushrooms on your plate could help you hold on to your precious memories for many years to come.