This week in mushroom news we are looking at the long term health benefits of mushrooms for middle-aged men. A recent studies suggest that the consumption of mushrooms by middle-aged and elderly men can reduce their chances of developing prostate cancer.
The Miyagi Cohort Study of 1990 and the Ohsaki Cohort Study of 1994 together studied a total of 36,499 men between the age of 40 and 70 years of age for a median of 13.2 years, according to the International Journal of Cancer.
Throughout the duration of the study 3.3% of the participants developed cancer.
Compared with those whose consumption of mushrooms less than once a week, those who consumed mushrooms once or twice a week were 8% less likely to develop prostate cancer and those who consumed mushrooms three or more times per week were 17% less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Lead author of the study, Shu Zhang, PhD, of the Tohoku University School of Public Health in Japan, says they can’t be sure. “Since information on mushroom species was not collected, it is difficult to know which specific mushroom(s) contributed to our findings. Also, the mechanism of the beneficial effects of mushrooms on prostate cancer remains uncertain.”
Incorporating Mushrooms into your diet
What’s your consumption of mushrooms like? Are you looking to incorporate more mushrooms into your diet in order to reap their benefits? We think that is a great idea! Your first step should probably be to learn a bit more about what types you like and how to use them. Our blog has lots of information about some of our favorite species and a few tips on how to use them. In addition, here a few links to some of our favorite recipes:
- Japanese Mushroom Recipes
- 10 Best Recipes for Mushroom Lovers
- Don’t knock mushrooms until you’ve had them cooked properly
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