While the amount of mushrooms mattered, it seemed like the type did not. Experts explain that mushrooms, in general, are rich in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that help promote health.
Specifically, they are rich in:
A fat-soluble vitamin we can get from healthy sunlight exposure, Vitamin D maintains normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.
Interestingly, a deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to various diseases, including obesity, diabetes, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancers of the ovary, prostate, and breast.
One possible way how Vitamin D in mushrooms helps reduce cancer risk is its ability to induce apoptosis or cell death. You see, the loss of apoptosis control “allows cancer cells to survive longer.”
A type of amino acid, ergothioneine, is a potent antioxidant and cell protector. It helps protect cells from damaging oxidative stress.
The study mentioned that mushrooms are the highest dietary source of ergothioneine.