Mushrooms Protect Against Breast Cancer
Mushrooms may reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a
case-control study conducted in southeast China. Researchers analyzed
dietary records from more than 2,000 pre- and postmenopausal women with
breast cancer and a group of matched healthy controls. Intake of fresh
mushrooms (greater than or equal to 10 grams per day) and dried
mushrooms (greater than or equal to 4 grams per day) decreased risk by
64 percent and 47 percent, respectively. The most commonly eaten
mushroom in this study was the white button mushroom; one small white
button mushroom weighs 10 grams. An additional protective effect was
seen when mushrooms and green tea were both consumed.
Zhang M, Huang J, Xie X,
Holman CD. Dietary intakes of mushrooms and green tea combine to reduce
the risk of breast cancer in Chinese women.
Int J Cancer. 2009;124:1404-1408.
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