Yesterday, I told you that most cases of prostate cancer are easy to manage. But what I didn’t mention is that they’re also easier than you may think to prevent.
In fact, most of the secrets to a healthy prostate are hiding in plain sight—right in the produce aisle. And among the most powerful, according to one recent study, happens to be the humble mushroom.
Slash prostate risk by 17 percent
To reach this conclusion, Japanese researchers monitored two cohorts of nearly 36,500 men, aged 40 to 79 years, for anywhere from 13 to 25 years.
The men in the study reported on a range of factors, from diet choices (including mushroom consumption) and physical activity, to smoking and drinking habits, to education level and family medical history.
Ultimately, results showed that regular mushroom consumption slashed the risk of prostate cancer—especially in men over the age of 50. And this benefit held true regardless of how much fruit, vegetables, meat, or dairy the men ate.
Of the participants in the study, just over three percent developed prostate cancer during the follow-up period. But results show that the men who ate mushrooms once or twice weekly had an eight percent lower risk of developing the disease, versus men who ate mushrooms less than once weekly.
And men who ate mushrooms three or more times per week? Well, they had a 17 percent lower risk of prostate cancer than their counterparts who didn’t eat mushrooms at all.
Pass the mushroom marinara
Given mushrooms’ abundance of vitamins, minerals, and inflammation-fighting antioxidants, it only makes sense that high intakes would provide protection.
Still, your average American eats less than two ounces of mushrooms every day—an amount that’s well below what this study’s participants were eating. And that means any increase in consumption is likely to be beneficial to your prostate.
So, the Italian in me will start by suggesting a nice mushroom marinara for your next meal. (Skip the spaghetti, of course—and opt for squash or zucchini “noodles” instead.)
Why? Because lycopene-rich tomato sauce is another prostate-saving superstar you can cook up right in your very own kitchen.
The doctor in me, however, will take this opportunity to remind you that eating fresh mushrooms isn’t the only way to reap the cancer-fighting benefits of fungi.
In fact, if you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, then you may recall that AHCC (a mushroom extract) is one of my core recommendations for cancer prevention… and for men in the “watchful waiting” game, in particular.
That’s because your immune system is your body’s first line of defense against cancer. And as I’ve mentioned many times before, this specialized blend of medicinal mushrooms is one of my top choices for immune system support.
For men specifically seeking to prevent or stall the growth of prostate cancer, I recommend taking 1,000 mg of AHCC, three times a day—along with a handful of other targeted supplements.
You can find a complete list in the September 2014 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“What ‘watchful waiting’ really means…and how you can make the most of it”). Subscribers have access to that issue (and a whole lot more) in my archives.
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“Large, long-term study suggests link between eating mushrooms and a lower risk of prostate cancer.” Science Daily, 10/07/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191007100222.htm)