Researchers have found that consuming mushrooms three times a week cuts the risk of developing prostate cancer in males.
According to the researchers from Tohoku University in Japan, during follow-up, 3.3 percent of the participants developed prostate cancer.
Those who ate mushrooms three times a week cut the likelihood of the disease by 17%. The effect was especially pronounced in men aged 50 or over, and in those with a low fruit and vegetable intake as well as a slice of high meat and dairy intake.
For the findings, a total of 36,499 men, aged 40-79 years who participated in the Miyagi Cohort Study in 1990 and the Ohsaki Cohort Study in 1994, were followed for a median of 13.2 years.
Mushroom consumption once or twice a week was associated with an eight percent lower risk of prostate cancer and consumption three or more times per week was associated with a 17 percent lower risk.
However, according to the study lead author Shu Zhang: “the mechanism of the beneficial effects of mushrooms on prostate cancer remains uncertain.”