Dr. Robert B. Beelman, a Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Director at the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health, recently discovered that Mushrooms are the best anti-aging food ever that contains a large amount of antioxidants to prevent aging. There are many foods naturally packed with Antioxidants such as beans, egg yolk, oat bran and liver etc., still Mushrooms remain the richest source.
Beelman said that Mushrooms are full of both essential antioxidants as glutathione and ergothioneine. Since, glutathione is able to prevent damage to critical cellular components and ergothioneine is an amino acid, which occurs naturally and contains a sulfur atom on imidazole ring. He explained that, the free radicals are the oxygen atoms combined with unpaired electrons and account as by-product from the process which converts consumed food in the body into energy. Then, these essential antioxidants fight with free radicals.
For deeper research, Beelman collaborated with some other researchers too, including postdoctoral assistant Michael D. Kalaras from food science, prof. John P. Richie from public health sciences and pharmacology and Ana Calcagnotto, an assistant researcher at public health sciences.
In a statement Beelman said that, “We found that the porcini has the highest, by far, of any we tested. This species is really popular in Italy where searching for it has become a national pastime. The body has mechanisms to control majority, including ergothioneine and glutathione, but eventually enough accrue to cause damage, which has been associated with numerous diseases of aging, like cancer, coronary heart disease and Alzheimer’s.”