Mushrooms Can Prevent Cancer – Plant Physiologist

A plant physiologist with the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Dr Olufunmilayo Idowu, has advised that eating mushrooms can protect the human body against cancer

Idowu, on Monday, said some species of mushrooms have selenium and ergothioneine, antioxidants good for the body.

According to Idowu, Oyster mushrooms, the Genus Pleurotus, are known for their antioxidant content quality and quantity, which scavenge for free radicals in the body and bind with the agents to prevent them from causing unnecessary cell division.

The plant physiologist explained that the cell division could result into tumor, cancer and some other disease conditions.

Mushrooms are also reputed to lower blood pressure due to the high concentration of an enzyme called statin, prevent diabetes and heart related issues as they contain no cholesterol and are low in carbohydrate.

Your Friends Also Read:  Nigeria Commences Assessment on First Made-in-Nigeria Helicopter

Mushrooms are high in quality protein containing all the essential amino acids lacking in most vegetables.

They also contain vitamins and minerals which are essential for human health and prevent the manifestation of the deficiency symptoms of vitamins in their consumers.

Idowu stated that people can easily cultivate mushrooms in their homes because it requires only a small piece of land to grow.

The plant scientist added that mushroom cultivation can serve as a means of generating employment, particularly for rural women and youth so as to raise their social status and reduce unemployment rate.

“By engaging in mushroom cultivation, farmers could contribute successfully and significantly to economic development.

“It will also provide additional work for the farmers during non- season when farming schedule is light.

Your Friends Also Read:  PHOTO STORY: Holi, a hindu festival celebrated in Dakar

“Some cultivated mushrooms from NIHORT are: King Oyster mushroom, Pleurotus Tuberregium, Milky White mushroom, Calocybe aegerita, Oyster mushroom, Pleurotus Pulmonarius, among others,” she said.

According to her, mushrooms have global demand because of their unique taste, health and economic benefits.

She added that mushrooms are fat and cholesterol-free, very low in sodium, rich in important nutrients especially those not found in high quantity in other fresh produce and satisfy the need of health-conscious individuals.

“Mushrooms are known for food and medicine; some are edible or medicinal while some are both edible and medicinal as well.

“In spite of the great benefits from mushroom production, reports have shown that Africa produces less than 0.3 per cent of the total world, production while Nigeria had no production record as of 2017.

Your Friends Also Read:  45 Die in Niger Republic Floods, 226,000 Displaced

“Government at all levels should harness the potentials of this socioeconomic commodity so as to create more jobs, improve the livelihood of farmers and the national economy by extension,” Idowu said.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.



Leave a Reply

Previous Article

Total, Mozambique sign security pact for $20bn natural gas project

Next Article

Egypt and Greece to complete maritime agreement on August 26.

Related Posts
Powered by Live Score & Live Score App