Brain power

Mushrooms are a brain food.

The B vitamins in mushrooms, along with the minerals copper and potassium, are important for your brain and nervous system to function properly. Some of the ways that these nutrients work include:

  • Pantothenic acid (one of the B vitamins) helps your body produce neurotransmitters (the signals your brain sends) and contributes to mental performance.
  • Other B vitamins, such as biotin, niacin and thiamine contribute to normal psychological function – a big word that relates to how your brain processes information and how you behave.
  • Copper is necessary for normal neurological function (the way your brain and nerves work).
  • Potassium contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system.

Without adequate intake of these nutrients your brain may struggle function normally.