l-Ergothioneine (ERGO) is an antioxidant found mainly in mushrooms that may help combat age-related diseases, earning it the title of a potential "longevity vitamin." However, some farming methods might reduce its presence in foods. Research indicates that ERGO protects against oxidative stress and inflammation. Since humans can't produce ERGO, we must get it from our diet. Notably, lower ERGO levels in the blood have been linked to neurological issues. Americans tend to consume less ERGO than Europeans, which might correlate with higher disease rates. While mushrooms can boost ERGO intake, the amount varies among types. Sustainable farming could help maintain or increase ERGO in our food. In short, ERGO, primarily sourced from mushrooms, might be vital for long-term health, and farming practices play a role in its dietary availability. For more information, click the link below.
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