Eating 18 grams of mushrooms a day could lower the risk of cancer, a new study suggests.
Individuals who eat two medium-sized mushrooms daily have a 45 per cent lower risk of cancer compared to those who do not eat mushrooms, according to Pennsylvania State University research, published in Advances in Nutrition.
For centuries, Chinese medicine practitioners have used mushrooms, which are rich in vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, as a treatment for illness including lung disease.
Some of the chemical compounds in mushrooms are believed to strengthen the immune system.
The Penn research examined 17 cancer studies from 1966 to 2020, analysing more than 19,500 cancer patients.
The team’s findings showed that even though shiitake, oyster, maitake and king oyster mushrooms have higher amounts of the amino acid ergothioneine than white button, cremini and portobello mushrooms, people who incorporated any variety of mushrooms into their daily diets had a lower risk of cancer.
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SOURCE: South China Morning Post, Lily Canter