So what exactly do these antioxidants do? They help your cells battle oxidative stress, a form of tissue damage which can cause your cells to become damaged and destabilize, which, in turn, causes the body to age. Oxidative stress also plays a significant role in the body’s likelihood to develop Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease.
“Since mushrooms are a ‘ball of fungi’ they contain the highest amount, by far, in the human food chain,” the study’s lead author, Robert Beelman Ph.D., told Men’s Health. “Many other foods contain quite small amounts of ERGO because it gets into the food chain via plants picking it up from fungi in the soil.”
The recommended amount of ERGO you should be consuming on a daily basis is about 3 milligrams, according to Beelman. That’s about five button mushrooms, hardly a handful. Curious about the difference between mushrooms? Here’s how you can tell white, cremini, and portobello mushrooms apart.
[Source: Men’s Health]