Last updated on Jan 18th, 2021 at 11:40 am

A well balanced diet should include mushrooms. Researchers at the University of Western Australia discovered in their study that women who ate at least 10g of white button mushrooms per day were 64% less likely to develop breast cancer.

An emerging body of science suggests that higher intakes of vitamin D may be associated with lower risks for some cancers, including prostrate, breast, lung, colon and colorectal cancers. Mushrooms are the only vegetable that naturally contains vitamin D, a nutrient that many people lack.

Research done by Professor Shiuan Chen, Director of Surgical Research at City of Hope Hospital in California, indicates that natural compounds found in white button mushrooms inhibit aromatase enzymes in the body (proteins that stimulate the production of oestrogen and which can promote the growth of some cancers, including breast cancer). So indications are that the consumption of white button mushrooms will help reduce the amount of oestrogen the body produces, and subsequently reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Mushrooms may also help prevent cancer by providing natural antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals (naturally occurring chemicals that can damage cells’ DNA and initiate the cancer process) and help to repair damage that has already occurred. In some laboratory studies, mushrooms displayed even more antioxidant power than tomatoes and carrots.

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 Source: Dis-Chem Benefits magazine


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