Breast Cancer Prevention: Which Mushroom is Best?

Breast Cancer Prevention: Which Mushroom is Best?
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Wood ear, crimini, oyster, Italian brown, enoki, button, stuffing, shiitake, chanterelle, and portobello mushrooms were compared to see which was best at inhibiting aromatase enzyme activity.

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In this landmark study to find out which vegetable was best at suppressing the activity of the enzyme used by breast cancer cells to undermine our defenses, mushrooms came out number one—but that was just for plain white mushrooms. If that’s how regular mushrooms roll, then think how good the exotic varieties may do.

So they put them to the test, comparing regular mushrooms to wood ear, crimini, oyster mushrooms, Italian brown, enoki, button mushrooms (which are just baby versions of regular white mushrooms), stuffing mushrooms (which are just big white mushrooms), shiitake, chanterelle, and portobello.

We already know what this one is here. Remember, 60 to 65% drop? White mushrooms, the original. Most of these other mushrooms are stuck up there in celery/carrot-land. But one beat out our regular fun guy. Which one do you think it was? Wood ear, crimini, oyster, Italian brown, enoki, button, stuffing, shiitake, chanterelle, or portobello?

I never would have guessed this one. Better than plain white mushrooms? Big plain white mushrooms!

In conclusion, these studies suggest that daily intake of the common white button mushroom may have a significant cancer preventive effect with regard to breast cancer development. White button mushrooms are relatively inexpensive, and readily available in markets across the United States, and therefore are a feasible addition to any dietary plan.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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In this landmark study to find out which vegetable was best at suppressing the activity of the enzyme used by breast cancer cells to undermine our defenses, mushrooms came out number one—but that was just for plain white mushrooms. If that’s how regular mushrooms roll, then think how good the exotic varieties may do.

So they put them to the test, comparing regular mushrooms to wood ear, crimini, oyster mushrooms, Italian brown, enoki, button mushrooms (which are just baby versions of regular white mushrooms), stuffing mushrooms (which are just big white mushrooms), shiitake, chanterelle, and portobello.

We already know what this one is here. Remember, 60 to 65% drop? White mushrooms, the original. Most of these other mushrooms are stuck up there in celery/carrot-land. But one beat out our regular fun guy. Which one do you think it was? Wood ear, crimini, oyster, Italian brown, enoki, button, stuffing, shiitake, chanterelle, or portobello?

I never would have guessed this one. Better than plain white mushrooms? Big plain white mushrooms!

In conclusion, these studies suggest that daily intake of the common white button mushroom may have a significant cancer preventive effect with regard to breast cancer development. White button mushrooms are relatively inexpensive, and readily available in markets across the United States, and therefore are a feasible addition to any dietary plan.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Doctor's Note

For more on mushrooms and breast cancer, check out these videos:
Why Do Asian Women Have Less Breast Cancer?
Breast Cancer vs. Mushrooms
Vegetables Versus Breast Cancer
Boosting Immunity While Reducing Inflammation

Be sure to check out my other videos on breast cancer

Also, be sure to check out my associated blog posts: The Most Anti-Inflammatory MushroomBreast Cancer and DietThe Best Foods: test your nutrition knowledgeMushrooms for Breast Cancer Prevention; and Ergothioneine: A New Vitamin?

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  1. Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out the other videos on breast cancer. Also, there are 1,449 subjects covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!

      1. Hello Ronit.

        The paper “Anti-Aromatase Activity of Phytochemicals in White Button Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus)” only evaluated the activity of mushroom extracts in the estrogen receptor–positive/aromatase-positive. Results from this and other laboratories support the hypothesis that white button mushrooms may be an important dietary constituent for reducing the incidence of hormone-dependent breast cancer in women

        http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/24/12026.full-text.pdf

        1. DearJaneth Santiago Rios Thank you very much for your answer.
          Ronit

          בתאריך יום ה׳, 7 ביוני 2018, 17:10, מאת Janeth Santiago Rios (Health

    1. How well do the white button mushrooms need to be cooked? I weigh, slice, and then cook them in the microwave.

      Thank you,

      AM

  2. Very surprising result, thanks for sharing! Please don’t tell me you have a study coming up that shows iceberg lettuce is better than kale in any application (although I suspect it would be a superior source of water!).

    1. also thought that shitake mushroom would be high on the list. However, haven’t found a list. See where white button mushrooms are one of, if not, the best. Could you tell me where I can find the list …. and/or which other mushrooms are recommended. thank you.

  3. Are most mushrooms grown in manure?
    Should I be concerned about contracting a pathogen from particles of manure that may be on the mushroom?
    What is the best way to clean mushrooms?

    Thanks very much for your videos.

    1. Mushrooms grow well in compost. And the beauty of compost, if properly aged, is that pathogens can be killed but the nutrition and high nitrogen sources are left intact.

      I have yet to grow mushrooms, but these articles empowered me to buy some and then learn to grow them. I found some interesting information from Pennsylvania University about Growing Mushrooms. And thought I’d give it a try this year as I become stronger.

      http://mushroominfo.com/growing-mushrooms/six-steps-to-mushroom-farming/?gclid=CN73kuyirbYCFTCmPAod4D4Avg

        1. Hi Karen –
          Interesting question. I did a quick search on Dr. G’s website as well as the AICR and didn’t find any specific research on mushrooms and ovarian cancer. What I did find was a summary of foods that have been associated with reduced risk of ovarian cancer, all plant foods, reinforcing the message that plant based diets are good for our overall health.
          http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/ovarian-cancer/
          Since there aren’t any downsides to including a few mushrooms a day in anyone’s diet, why not include them as part of a healthy plant based diet if you like them?

  4.  Thank you Doctor! I was wondering which mushroom is best not 30 minutes before I ran across your article!  
    I am very interested in phytochemical density, bio-availability, and the  “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.”
    I wonder if organic mushrooms are available…or all they all organic?  I shop at a Vons (Safeway) which offers some organic fruits and veggies.
    I also wonder which veggies should be cooked to “unlock” their bio availability.
    Thanks you so much!!

  5. I don’t like mushrooms so I take AHCC. There is a great deal of research out of Japan concerning the anti-cancer effects of this mushroom extract. See book by Dr. Fred Pescatore on AHCC.

  6. This is true cancer prevention. Mammograms don’t prevent breat cancer, and low level ionizing radiation can ever cause breast cancer. But if this is for real, it is a cancer prevention,

    The full study is at: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/131/12/3288.long#fn-group-1
    I began eating mushrooms regularly to boost my immune system and prevented the flu from attacking my body thus far, anyway. I felt like I was coming down with something, Purchased some Chinese type mushrooms, which I washed lightly, removed the stem, and sauteed in an extra virgin certified organic olive oil for just a minute or so, and gobbled up. Yum!
    The amazing thing was that whatever virus was thinking about attacking my body, vanished. Works better than big pharma and does not hurt!

  7. Ladies find the healing Mushrooms I mention in a post I made today, see
    the advise here has you eating the less effective domestics,
    Today the FDA approved a new drug to shrink tumors of women suffering from breast cancer, it will cost $94,000 for 7 months treatment, so once again out of reach to many women, and the next no surprise to me” it will not quite totally rid the patient of cancer”. Hey they can’t make lots of cash actually curing these poor womenReally, the big Pharma kicks every women in the face again, The truth is this new drug known as Kadsayla, which you will be hearing lots on the news in coming days, how great they all think they are, doing high 5’s and stroking each other,is Bull Shit

    The truth, the Chinese used herbal mushrooms to treat cancer just as well in fact better, this new drug they brag about, was stolen from nature, drug was made in a lab, to mimic the mushrooms ( Coriolus Versicolor ) properties, when will they stop the shit , go ahead copy nature, but offer the whole cure !

    Many cancer drugs are isolated from Coriolus versicolor,Reshie Mushroom, Chaga Conks, and are widely used in Asia, and been known powerful healing plants for 5000 years, you just need the right ones, at the right time, and right combination to cure, Spend your money on this.

    Search Coriolus versicolor, again it is a mushroom of the Basidiomycetes, and the other healing mushrooms., common name Turkey Tails

    I hope the day comes when pain out ways profit, but I doubt it, it’s up to the general public to demand change

  8. I have tried mushrooms and just don’t enjoy eating them. Do they come in some kind of supplement or powder form that I can add to foods. I want to include them in my diet somehow. Thank you, in advance, for any help from yourself and your highly educated readers.

    1. Oh, nevermind — I see you responded to another ‘Teresa’ who had the same question below. (Great minds think alike, LOL.)

  9. The breast cancer regions are exactly the dairy regions. Read the scientists detail on how and why in “The No-Dairy Breast Cancer Prevention Program” by prof. Jane Plant, CBE, who has too many citations to list here. She herself had recurring breast cancer after surgery, radiation, chemo wasn’t working any more – that was 17 years ago she’s doing fine now. Biggest problem is there is no “big pharma breakthrough” or “fee for service” so you don’t hear about the real cause, cure, and prevention. In short, cow’s milk is intended to grow calves into cows as fast as possible, by helping fast growing cells to grow fast – in a human adult, fast growing cells are cancer cells.

  10. A popular breast cancer hospital recommended I take a supplement made from Coriolus mushrooms. They mentioned a couple of studies that showed they were found to be the best cancer fighting mushrooms. Is it true?

  11. Hi Dr, I would love to eat mushrooms on a regular basis but I think the mold bothers me and contributes to my migraines..also pretty sure I have some candida… Do you think I would be bothered by eating a little amount OR is there an isolaed extract from the mushroo that would suit someone like me?????? Thanks…looking forward to your response

  12. I am interested to know who sponsored the study? Was it a group that would benefit from plain whits mushroom sales? I like to take into consideration the source of funding when looking at data.
    Thank you

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