Japanese Study: Mushrooms in Diet May Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer

According to a recent Japanese study, which is the first of its kind, eating mushrooms is associated with a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.Japanese Study Mushrooms in Diet May Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer

For the study, a team of scientists analyzed data of 36,499 Japanese men aged from 40 to 79 years taken from the Miyagi Cohort Study and the Ohsaki Cohort Study. The individuals were followed for 13.2 years on average.

The comparison of data from different groups of participants (from those who almost never ate to those who ate mushrooms almost every day) showed that those participants who consumed mushrooms one or two times per week had 8% lower risk and those who consumed mushrooms three or more times had 17% lower risk of prostate cancer.

The authors of the study conclude in their paper: “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first cohort study indicating the prostate cancer-preventive potential of mushrooms at a population level.”

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