A Plant Physiologist, Dr Olufunmilayo Idowu, has advised Nigerians to eat mushrooms. The expert explained that the antioxidant content of mushrooms protects the human body against cancer.
Idowu gave the advice in an interview in Ibadan on Monday. The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) official said some species of mushrooms have selenium and ergothioneine, antioxidants good for the body.
She explained that oyster mushrooms contain agents which scavenge for free radicals in the body and bind with the agents to prevent them from causing unnecessary cell division.
Idowu explained that the cell division could result in tumours, cancer and some other disease conditions. The scientist added that mushrooms lower blood pressure because of the high concentration of enzyme and statin.
She explained that it prevents diabetes and heart-related issues due to zero cholesterol and low carbohydrate levels.