eating mushrooms prevents prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and the fifth leading cause of cancer death (CA Cancer J Clin 2018;68:394–424). If you knew there was an inexpensive, delicious food you could add to your diet that would lower those numbers, wouldn’t you do it?

Mushrooms have been shown to have anticancer properties. Some mushrooms, like shiitake mushrooms and maitake mushrooms, may have especially powerful anticancer properties. So, researchers in Japan, where mushrooms have a long history of being used medicinally, conducted a massive study of 36,499 men between the ages of 40 and 79. They collected information on the frequency at which they ate mushrooms and followed them for an average of 13.2 year.

Compared to men who ate mushrooms less than once a week, men who ate them just once or twice a week lowered their risk of prostate cancer by 8%. Men who ate mushrooms 3 or more times a week lowered their risk by an impressive and significant 17%. The power of mushrooms was especially strong in men who were 50 or older: an important discovery, since the risk of prostate cancer goes up drastically after the age of 50.

This study is the first to show that mushrooms in the diet lower the risk of prostate cancer: a simple, inexpensive and delicious strategy that men can add.

Cancer Epidemiology 2019; doi.org/10.1002/ijc.32591


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