Men who eat mushrooms cut down their risk of developing prostate cancer, a study suggests.
The Japanese study had found that fungus was particularly beneficial for those over 50 who who eat lots of meat and dairy, but little fruit and veg, The Daily Mail reported.
It was published in the International Journal of Cancer and further suggested that those who ate mushrooms once or twice a week had an eight percent lower risk of developing the disease, compared with those who didn't eat them. Those who ate them three or more times per week had a 17 percent lower risk.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting men, with more than 1.2 million new cases diagnosed worldwide in 2018.
In the UK, about one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Mushrooms are widely used in Asia, both for their nutritional value and medicinal properties.
Study lead author Assistant Professor Shu Zhang, of Tohoku University School of Public Health in Japan, confirmed: "Studies conducted on living organisms have shown that mushrooms have the potential to prevent prostate cancer."