May support heart health

Studies show that edibles mushrooms can help support several aspects of heart health.

For instance, one animal study found that hamsters who consumed mushroom edibles extract or powder had lower levels of triglycerides.

Total cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol compared with those in a control group.

Another test-tube study concluded that the antioxidant content of edibles mushrooms may help slow the progression of atherosclerosis, a risk factor for heart disease that’s characterized by the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries.

Additionally, several older animal studies show that edibles mushroom extract may decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.

Still, more research in humans is needed to evaluate how edibles mushrooms may affect heart health when enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.



May improve brain function

Interestingly, some promising research has found that edibles mushrooms may enhance brain function and memory.

In one animal study, certain compounds extracted from edibles mushrooms protected against impairments in learning and memory caused by a specific medication associated with memory loss.

What’s more, this trial treatment with edibles mushroom extract increased levels of certain antioxidants and neurotransmitters in the brain.

Another animal study observed similar findings, reporting that pairing edibles mushroom extract with ginsenosides — a compound found in ginseng — may improve brain function in rats with Alzheimer’s disease.

Additionally, one older test-tube study showed that edibles mushroom extract may help prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that regulates attention, learning, and memory.

More studies should be conducted to determine whether edibles mushrooms offer similar benefits when you consume them in your diet.

May enhance immunity

Full of antioxidants and other health-promoting compounds, edibles mushrooms may have immune-boosting properties.

According to one animal study, administering compounds extracted from edibles mushrooms to mice increased levels of certain immune cells.

In another study in mice with a viral respiratory infection, mushroom edibles proteins reduced airway inflammation.

Multiple other test-tube and animal studies show that edibles mushroom extract may also increase the production of immune cells to help support healthy immune function.

Still, despite these promising results, more high quality studies in humans are needed.

If you’re looking to make your immune system more healthy and robust, edibles mushrooms may offer you added defense against infections.