Mushrooms May Delay Age-related Illnesses

Boletus edulis mushroom

WP The Daily Post—MUSHROOM

Do you want to live into your seventies, eighties, nineties, free of the illnesses that are expected to plague old people? If you’re like me, your ears are attuned to information about richer, longer lives. I had my children later in life, after enjoying freedom and pursuing professional success into my thirties. It’s a cinch that if I don’t take care of myself and listen out for and practice good health, I’m going to see some nursing home time.

One exciting source of good health practice comes in the form of a food that I love. That’s the mushroom and it’s being touted as a new superfood. It’s not the common white or field mushroom that we eat. The variety we want to look for, or the variety that’s going to do us the most good, is Boletus edulis variety, commonly known as wild ceps.

This new research comes to us from a team out of Penn State University and informs us that mushrooms are unusually high in two important antioxidants, ergothioneine and glutathione. These antoxidants help to protect our bodies against the cancer, coronary heart disease, and Alzheimer’s that come with old age.

Wild ceps mushrooms aren’t commonly found in the US, but are widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere across Europe, Asia, and North America. The western North American species, commonly known as the California king bolete (Boletus edulis var. grandedulis), is a large, darker-colored variant first formally identified in 2007.

Here’s a link to an article by Felicity Cloake that I hope you find helpful.







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4 thoughts on “Mushrooms May Delay Age-related Illnesses

  1. Very important to be thankful and grateful! We have a thankful tree everyone writes on their leaf what they are thankful for. I save them and enjoy looking back. My list would get too long if I listed it all, but heres a short verison: as always my family, a roof over my head, writing, nature, music, pets, the rain, and health… Loved your list and glad your doggie is okay. Great poem for the holiday! Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. I have NO idea how this posted here..sorry. I was one place and it commented here. I will chalk it up to being sick and need to call it a day. Glad to come back:)Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Oh, I love mushrooms! Shitakes are my favorites, but just about any will do. I’ve never had a wild cep but according to the article I should be able to find the dried variety. Thanks for sharing, Linda!

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