A systematic review out of Penn State earlier this year showed that eating 18g (0.6 oz) of mushrooms daily cut cancer risk by as much as 45%. This review looked at 17 different cancer studies dating back to 1966 up to 2020. The cancer most affected by mushroom consumption was breast cancer but the reviewers noted that breast cancer was also the cancer most often looked at in these studies.
The chief medicinal uses of mushrooms discovered so far are as anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, hypocholesterolemic, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory, anti-allergic, nephroprotective, and anti-microbial agents. Don’t like mushrooms or not sure how to incorporate them into your diet? Try them in soups like this recipe or as a side dish like in this recipe.
While eating mushrooms is the best way to include them in your life, there are also supplements containing potent mushroom compounds. These can provide a convenient way to get in some of the super powers of mushrooms.
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