Chemicals found in white button mushrooms might slow the development of prostate cancer, according to a study presented at ENDO 2021, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.

White button mushrooms seem to suppress androgen receptors, according to the study's principal researcher, Xiaoqiang Wang, of Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, a cancer center in Duarte, California. Androgen, a male sex hormone, promotes the growth of prostate cancer by activating the androgen receptor, a protein found in prostate cells.

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The researchers analyzed the effect of white button mushroom extract on prostate cancer cells that were especially sensitive to