Eat mushrooms to fight cancer
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Posted: 17 August 2008 at 11:48pm
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Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins that may help fight cancer, say researchers.
While addressing the health benefits of mushrooms at the Institute of
Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo in New Orleans, several
scientists pointed out that mushrooms contain antioxidants, selenium,
riboflavin and other healthy substances that protect the immune system
and fight cancer.
Dr. Lana Zivanovic, a researcher in the Department of Food Science and
Technology at the University of Tennessee, said that mushrooms
contained high amounts of beta-glucans, compounds that help keep immune
cells in a state of vigilance and thereby guard against disease.
Dr. Shiuan Chen, director of surgical research at the Beckman Research
Institute in California, revealed that mushrooms were rich in
cancer-fighting substances. He said that lab experiments had found
mushrooms' cells to contain mechanisms that suppress breast and
prostate cancer cells.
He even revealed that he was following up his study with clinical
trials funded by the Mushroom Council, the results of which should be
out in a year. The researcher said that, so far, his team had
discovered that mushrooms contain an antioxidant called ergothioneine,
which contributes to immune support and protection of the eyes, skin,
liver, kidneys and bone marrow.
Dr. Joy Dubost, principal nutritionist at PepsiCo, said that her
studies had shown that stressful growing conditions might help
mushrooms produce more of the antioxidants. The scientists also pointed
out that mushrooms contained robust amounts of selenium, vitamin D and
Dr. Robert Beelman from the Department of Food Science at Pennsylvania
State University said that white button mushrooms had more protein,
potassium, copper and selenium than oyster or shitake mushrooms.
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