“New” Antioxidant from Microbes in Soil?

June 27, 2011

Ergothioneine is naturally occurring and is produced by the microbes in soil most commonly found in species of mushrooms, grapes, meat, and dairy products.

A conference being held July 15-17 at the University of California, Los Angeles, will examine what researchers say is a newly discovered antioxidant. Ergothioneine is naturally occurring and is produced by the microbes in soil most commonly found in species of mushrooms, grapes, meat, and dairy products.

Experts from the fields of oxidative stress, healthy aging, and chronic disease prevention will meet to discuss the potential benefits of ergothioneine.

“Leading members of the scientific community have stated that L-ergothioneine may be the most powerful and effective antioxidant ever discovered, with unparalleled potential benefits for cognitive function, eye health, immune modulation, lung health, reproductive health, skin health, and overall wellness at all stages of the aging process. The large body of peer-reviewed published research during the 100 years since the discovery of ergothioneine has demonstrated these beneficial effects where inflammation and oxidative stress are key health challenges,” say the conference organizers.

For more information on the First International Congress on Ergothioneine, organized by biotechnology firm Oxis International Inc., click here.