Marvellous Mushrooms

Did you know that Japanese mushroom growers are nearly 50 per cent less likely to develop stomach cancer than their non-mushroom farming neighbours?

This may be because they eat their produce and benefit from cancer-protective nutrients. Shiitake mushrooms are a rich source of lentinan, a molecule believed to stimulate the immune system to slow or even stop tumour growth.

Everyday button mushrooms are thought to contain substances that can block production of oestrogen in the body. This means they may protect against breast and other cancers dependent on oestrogen.

Researchers at The University of Western Australia in Perth recently found that Chinese women who ate 4g of dried button mushrooms daily reduced their breast cancer risk by 47 per cent while those eating 10g cut theirs by 64 per cent.

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by Arthur Furrowfield + Arden + Pip G.

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