It's getting harder and harder to eat these days. It seems like every food out there has some type of toxin on it. If it's not pesticides or herbicides, it's genetically modified or grown in toxic soil. Well, I have another extremely healthy food that they're saying not to eat raw. It's the mushroom.
Now why shouldn't you eat mushrooms raw? Is it the pesticides? Maybe it's the toxic soil? Nope. Believe it or not, mushrooms, even the common button mushrooms, contain trace amounts of a carcinogen in them. You'll find this same toxin — hydrazine — in Portobello mushrooms as well. But that's not all. Even the shiitake mushroom has problems. It contains a naturally occurring formaldehyde. Maybe that's why they keep you young looking.
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What's interesting about the chemicals in these mushrooms is that they're both heat sensitive. So when you cook the mushrooms, it destroys the chemicals. Cooking the mushrooms also helps them release their cancer-fighting nutrients.
Just how effective are cooked mushrooms at fighting cancer? The International Journal of Cancer published one study back in 2009 that showed the mushroom truly is a powerhouse when it comes to fighting cancer. The researchers in this study found that cooked mushrooms can decrease your risk of breast cancer by 64%. And these were just simple white button mushrooms.
Now, I've been eating raw button mushrooms on my salads for years. I don't eat them that often, so it's probably not a problem. I eat far more cooked mushrooms — and love 'em.
If you don't care for mushrooms — or just don't eat them that often — and still want to get their great health benefits, there are a couple of ways to do so. The first is with MycoPhyto Complex, which is a fabulous mushroom product for boosting your immune system. If you're concerned about breast health, then you should try Ultimate Breast Support. It also has a proprietary blend of mushrooms specifically formulated to protect your breasts.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
M Zhang, J Huang, X Xie, et al., International Journal of Cancer, 2009.