There are some simple actions you can take to increase your odds of a longer and more satisfying lifespan.
Quitting smoking can also cut your risk of dying from cancer related to smoking and slash your risk of stroke.
Alongside exercise, eating a healthy, balanced diet is crucial to helping you live longer, according to the NHS, and one food recommended by medical consultant Dr Sarah Brewer and dietitian Juliette Kellow is mushrooms.
In their book titled ‘Eat Better Live Longer, they say throughout history, mushrooms have been used as medicine to treat many ailments.
They add: “Now modern science now backs up their many health-promoting roles, which include boosting immunity, regulating blood pressure, and reducing inflammation.”
Throughout history, mushrooms have been used as medicine to treat many ailments
To reap the benefits of mushrooms you should enjoy them two to three times a week.
One serving is about 10 button mushrooms or four medium mushrooms.
The pair go on to list mushrooms’ benefits.Great for the heart
Mushrooms keep the heart healthy in several ways, according to Dr Brewer and Ms Kellow.
They explain: “They contain substances that act as anti-inflammatories, and they are rich in antioxidants that protect blood vessels.”
Studies also show that mushrooms can lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
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