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Mushrooms and Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Posted Mar 17 2009 2:36am

A study that included more than 2,000 Chinese women suggested that consuming mushrooms and green tea may reduce the risk of breast cancer.

According to the study, women who ate at least a third of an ounce of fresh mushrooms had a 64 percent reduced risk, and those who ate dried mushrooms were 50 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. The Telegraph newspaper in the UK reported that women who drank green tea and ate mushrooms were nearly 90 percent less likely to develop the disease.

More research is needed to confirm these findings, said the researchers at the University of Western Australia at Perth.

The Telegraph reported that laboratory tests on animals have shown that fungi have anti-tumor properties and can stimulate the immune system's defenses. Evidence suggests that mushrooms may act in the same way as aromatase inhibitors; breast cancer drugs that block the production of estrogen.

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