Can Mushrooms Be a Good Source for Antioxidants?

You know about the natural chemical components of mushrooms that lower your cholesterol and provide cardiovascular benefits. Crimini and portabella mushrooms, in particular, are good sources of antioxidants too, according to a Penn State University study.

Based on scores from an analytical tool called the ORAC assay, scientists found both kinds of mushrooms may exceed carrots and green beans in terms of antioxidant value, but not as much as red peppers or broccoli. The ORAC assay measured the antioxidant capacity of polyphenols and ergothioneine in mushrooms against the peroxyl radical, among many free radicals that play crucial roles in disease and aging.

Portabella and crimini mushrooms have ORAC values between 9.5-9.7, almost twice as high as green beans or carrots (5) but not as much as red peppers (10) or broccoli (12). In comparison, the common white button mushroom has an ORAC value of 6.9.

More evidence your best source of antioxidants are the most natural ones found in whole foods, not the processed kind. Other great whole food sources of antioxidants:

  • Spices
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • High-fiber, low-sugar fruits like blueberries

Penn State Live June 27, 2006

Science Daily June 27, 2006

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