Japanese scientists claim that eating mushrooms three times a week could slash your chances of developing prostate cancer by nearly a fifth. For a recent study more than 36,000 men -aged between 40 and 79- were followed for over 13 years. The Japanese researchers discovered that even eating them once or twice a week reduced the risk by eight per cent. However those who ate mushrooms three times a week reduced their risk by 17 per cent.
The research showed that the effect was especially pronounced in men aged 50 or older, and in those with a relatively low fruit and vegetable intake as well as a high meat and dairy intake.
Lead author Shu Zhang, a PhD student at the Tohoku University School of Public Health in Japan, said: “Participants who consumed mushroom more frequently tended to be older, have a family history of cancer, spend more time walking and have a higher intake of meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy products and energy. However, she added, “the mechanism of the beneficial effects of mushrooms on prostate cancer remains uncertain.”
As explained by thelondoneconomic.com, prostate cancer ranks as the second-most common cancer, and the fifth-leading cause of cancer death in men.