Mushrooms, green tea may lower breast cancer
Filed Under: Health & Science | Posted: 04/27/2009 at 10:38AM
Comments | Region: Nigeria
Women who get plenty of mushroom and green tea in their diets may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.the study of more than 2000 chinese women,found that the more fresh and dried mushrooms the woman ate,the lower was their breast cancer risk.The risk was lower still among those who also drank greentea everyday.
Current findings suggest that traditional diets and specifically large quantities of mushrooms an green tea,may help explain china’s lower breast cancer incidence,according to lead researcher Dr.Min Zhang of the University of western Austranian in perth.She and her colleagues report the findings in the international journal of cance.The study was conducted in southeast China and involved 1009 breast cancer patients between ages of 20 and 87 and an equal number of healthy women the same age.Allcompleted a detailed dietry questionaire that asked them how often they ate specific food.
Overall, Zhang’s team found women who ate the most fresh mushrooms-10 grams or more per day,were about two thirds less likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not eat mushrooms.Meanwhile,the women who ate 4 grams or more of dried mushrooms perday had half the cancer risk on non-consumers.
Finally mushroom eaters who also drank green tea everyday had only 11to18 per cent of the breast cancer risk of women who con sumed neither.The study does not prove cause and effect,the researchers paid out.They did account for several kinds oif risk factors for breast cancer,such as the women’s height,education level,and exercise frequency and smoking habits,but there could be other factors that explain the findings.
This is the first study linking high dietery amounts of mushrooms and green tea to breast cancer risk,Zhang told Reuters health.She said it is biologically plausible to assume that food will helo avoid cancer.Lab research has shown that mushroom extractshave anti-tumor properties and,in animals,can stimulate the immune system’s cancer defenses.For its parts green tae contains antixidant compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to fight breast tumor in animals.