"Mushrooms may be good allies in cancer prevention," - study

“Cogumelos podem ser bons aliados na prevenção do cancro”, – estudo

A new research from Penn State University in the United States, indicates that mushrooms can be a good ally in preventing cancer.

The team analyzed several scientific studies published between 1966 and 2020, which covered more than 19,000 patients with the disease. The data pointed out that people who ate about 18 grams of mushrooms a day had a decreased risk of 45%.

"Mushrooms are the largest dietary source of ergotioneine, which is a potent antioxidant and unique cell protector. Replenishing antioxidants in the body can help protect against oxidative stress and reduce the risk of cancer." says Djibril M Ba, one of the authors of the study, quoted by the Green Severs portal.

Although there are mushrooms with higher amounts of ergotionein, such as shiitakes, maitake, and oyster, the authors explain that adding any variety of mushroom to daily meals contributes to the same effect.

Through these types of studies, scientists seek to establish healthier diets in order to contribute to cancer prevention in future generations. The team now intends to expand their research and understand how mushrooms contribute to this outcome and which specific cancers may be affected.

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