Mushrooms Lower Breast Cancer Risk

A new study of more than 2,000 women in China revealed women who ate more fresh or dried mushrooms had a lower risk of breast cancer. Published in International Journal of Cancer, scientists examined 1,009 breast cancer patients, ages 20 to 87, and an equal number of healthy women. Determining that participants who ate 10 grams or more per day of fresh mushrooms were two-thirds less likely to develop breast cancer than people who didn’t eat mushrooms and women consuming 4 grams or more of dried mushrooms were 50% less likely to develop breast cancer than non-mushroom eaters; Reuters reports.

But most people won’t eat mushrooms, a lot my friends won’t go near them and they’re not alone, Americans list mushrooms, along with blueberries and peas, as 20 of their most hated foods. Insanity! According to Dr. Fuhrman eating mushrooms, along with green vegetables, tomatoes, garlic and other veggies, will keep you slim and even reduce your risk of diabetes. Not too shabby.

In related news, experts believe mushrooms, with their chewy texture, make excellent substitutes for meat and can help combat obesity. Then just last week, mushrooms were found to prevent colon cancer tumors in mice. Oh goodie, I got some white button mushrooms in the fridge right now!

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Jacob Park - March 17, 2009 5:39 PM

Blueberries. Seriously? I always adored blueberries, even when I was among the SADest of the SAD.

diane lassen - March 17, 2009 7:21 PM

Mushrooms are awesome and tasty, too. Medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi and Cordyceps are wonderful adaptogens which help to modulate the immune system--revving it up when it is dull and lack-luster, and toning it down when it is over-reacting. This is why mushrooms are great for preventing cancers and autoimmune dysfunction at the same time. Find me a drug that can do all that!!! Maitakes and shiitakes are tasty in stirfries, and Reishi and other not so tasty varieties are available in capsule and tincture forms which make it easy to take advantage of their healthy goodness. Check out sites such as www.mushroomscience.com, www,mushroomharvest.com and www.fungi.com. As an aside, the button and portobello types are not considered medicinal, but do pack vitamins and fiber. If grown in the sun, these mushrooms are also a source of vitamin D. Just be sure to cook them, as raw mushrooms do contain a toxin that is rendered harmless when cooked. So saute` away and enjoy your friendly fungus!

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