Mushrooms aren’t often thought of as being nutritionally dense, but in actual fact they are better than many other forms of fruit and vegetables for certain nutrients. They are a good source of B vitamins such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and some varieties of mushroom (including Portobello, Crimini and White mushrooms) are high in the mineral potassium.
Do mushrooms help prevent cancer?
Where cancer is concerned, the punch that mushrooms pack is in the form of vitamin D, various antioxidant polyphenols, and an antioxidant well-known for its anti-cancer properties called ergothioneine. Mushrooms are the only vegetarian source of high levels of vitamin D, with white button mushrooms being particularly high in it.
In a recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer, extracts from the mushroom Phellinus linteus were shown to halt the growth of breast cancer cells. Researchers theorised that the mushroom might stop an enzyme called AKT, (which is responsible for the development of new blood vessels within the tumour), from functioning properly.
This form of mushroom, (Japanese “meshimakobu”, Chinese “song gen”, Korean “sanghwang”) is a medicinal mushroom that has been used in Japan, Korea and China for centuries. Nine different active compounds have been identified within it, but scientists are still researching which are responsible for stimulating the hormonal and cell-mediated immune function, which quenches inflammatory reactions, and which suppresses tumor growth and metastasis (spreading).
Which mushrooms are the most beneficial?
Another study, which tested seven different vegetable extracts, discovered that white mushroom extract was the most effective in inhibiting an enzyme associated with breast cancer growth called aromatase.
Along with these various cancer inhibiting chemicals, mushrooms also contain betaglucans and other substances that assist your immune system in recognising and eliminating abnormal cells.
White button mushrooms have also been shown to suppress the growth of androgen-independent prostate cancer cells and were responsible for a decrease in tumour size. The researchers suggested that white button mushrooms should be used as a dietary component to aid in the prevention of prostate cancer in men.
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