Mushrooms are rich in selenium. A half-cup serving of cooked, sliced white button mushrooms or 1 cup of raw mushrooms provides 11% of the RDI for selenium

Research indicates that selenium-rich foods may lower the likelihood of developing prostate cancer and slow down prostate tumour progression.

With Father’s Day coming, it’s a reminder that we should look out for the health of the men in our lives and the good news is that delicious mushrooms on their plate will show that we really care!

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Why mushrooms?

Because mushrooms are rich in selenium, research indicates that selenium can play a positive role in the prevention of prostate cancer, the second most common cancer after lung cancer.

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A new research study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. on 9 April 2020 by Milan Geybels, a doctoral candidate in cancer epidemiology at Maastricht University in Netherlands, found that, among a group of almost 60 000 men aged 55 to 69, those with the highest selenium levels, as measured in toenail clippings over the study period, had more than a 60% reduced risk for advanced prostate cancer.

Mushrooms are a leading source of selenium in the fruit and vegetable category, available in the fresh produce isle 365 days of the year.

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How it works

The real beauty of selenium found in mushrooms is that its concentrations appear to be similar before and after being cooked. One 100gm serving of mushrooms provides 8-22ug selenium; about 1/2 of the daily recommended amount.

So how does selenium work its magic? It’s an antioxidant and protects the body cells from damage that might lead to heart disease, some cancers and other diseases of aging. It also has been found to be important for the immune system and could also play a role in fertility in men. And there you have it! Now all you have to do is make sure that you throw a handful of mushrooms into every dish you serve – the men in your life will love you for it!

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Source: South African Mushroom Farmers Association (SAMFA) 

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