Cancer: The Amazing Benefits Of Mushrooms

Frequent consumption of mushrooms could have a real protective effect against the risk of cancer. At the center of all attention: ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant.

Mushrooms are rich in vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants, to the point that this American team (Penn State University) does not hesitate to speak of “superfood”. They constitute the most important food source of ergothioneine, a “unique and powerful” antioxidant, still in the words of the researchers, with a role of cellular protection by its action against oxidative stress.

Cancer: The Amazing Benefits Of Mushrooms


Especially Breast Cancer

The specialists cross-referenced data from seventeen studies carried out between 1966 and 2020, bringing together some 20,000 people. The meta-analysis indicates that the inclusion of about 20 g of mushrooms in the daily diet has a remarkable effect against cancer risk, as it reduces it by up to… 45% compared to zero consumption.

The most notable preventive action concerns breast cancer, but it is also the most studied type of cancer in this context, and the authors believe that both larger and more in-depth studies on other forms of cancer could lead to similar observations.

Ergothioneine, an amino acid, is found in all species of mushrooms, but in greater concentrations in shiitake, oyster, maitake, or panicaut oyster. However, the button mushroom, the portobello, or the cremini provide interesting quantities. In short, what matters is to eat a portion of mushrooms regularly.


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