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The reason to add two mushrooms to your daily diet

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A study conducted by Pennsylvania State University suggests that eating about two mushrooms per day can reduce the risk of cancer by 45%.

The high levels of antioxidants and chemical components that mushrooms contain encouraged scientists to investigate the anticancer properties of this food.

The study published in Advances in Nutrition showed that people who eat about 18 grams, equivalent to two mushrooms a day, have a lower risk of cancer compared to those who do not consume this food.

Scientists examined 17 cancer studies from 1966 to 2020 and looked at more than 19,500 cancer patients to conclude that people who incorporated any variety of mushrooms into their daily diet had a lower risk of cancer.

“Mushrooms are the highest dietary source of ergothioneine, which is a unique and potent antioxidant and cellular protector. Replenishing antioxidants in the body may help protect against oxidative stress and lower the risk of cancer,” explained Djibril M. Ba, a graduate in epidemiology from Pennsylvania Penn State College of Medicine.

Eating mushrooms had a stronger association with a lower risk of breast cancer, but more studies are still missing to better identify the mechanisms involved and the specific cancers.

The study authors consider these findings to be important evidence but have urged interpretation of the research with caution as more research is needed.

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