Mushrooms make a great addition to a recipe but according to new research, fungi offers far more than a taste boost. A study, carried out in China, has found that eating a portion of mushrooms a day could reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to two-thirds.
The findings, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found that women eating a third of an ounce of fresh mushrooms every day were 64 percent less likely to develop a tumour.
The study also found that a diet high in mushrooms and green tea resulted in an even greater health benefit.
While scientists admit the latest study does not prove mushrooms actually stop cancer, it is an avenue that requires further research.
Breast cancer in China is thought to be at least four times lower that it is in western countries a key factor is believed to be diet.
Evidence has shown that mushrooms can act in a similar way to medication used to inhibit the body’s production of cancer-feeding oestrogen.
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