Potential Benefits May Exist For Heart Health with Mushroom Consumption, Study Finds

A study has recently discovered that no conclusive evidence supports the positive effects of consuming edible mushrooms on cardiovascular risk factors; however, potential benefits may exist, including a favorable alteration of lipid profiles and blood pressure reduction.

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Researchers systematically reviewed and analyzed the databases of Medline, Embase, Cochrane Data of Systemic Reviews, Scopus, and Web of Science from inception through August 2020 for observational studies reporting the correlation between edible mushroom consumption and cardiovascular risk. Data were evaluated independently, and conflicts were addressed through consensus discussion.

Out of the 1,479 studies classified, seven were prospective studies. Edible mushroom consumption appeared to have positive effects on lipid profiles by changing the metabolic markers such as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Additionally, edible mushroom consumption could potentially reduce mean blood pressure.

Although the beneficial effects on overall cardiovascular risk, stroke risk, and coronary artery disease of edible mushroom consumption were inconsistent.

Researchers said, that the beneficial cardiovascular effects of mushroom consumption are not consistent at all and weak at best. However, weak evidence suggested that potential blood pressure reduction or a favorable alteration of lipid profiles may exist.

Furthermore, researchers said that edible mushrooms contain an impressive nutritional value, such as: high protein, essential amino acids, fiber, vitamins (B1, B2, B12, C, and D), minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, copper, iron, manganese, and selenium), low fatty foods, and sodium.

 

Source: Am J Med 2021;134:637-642.E2

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