Consumption of mushrooms particularly crimini mushrooms increases the chances of living longer and living healthily, mushroom farmers and processors said in Lagos last week. The health benefits, according to them, include providing immune system, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and anti-cancer supports.

Mojirade Oluwadiya, the President, National Association of Mushroom Farmers, Processors and Marketers (NAMFPM), said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). “Mushroom is a proteinous food that is seasonal and good for a healthy living and the ones grown in this country breed well especially during the dry season. There is tendency of living longer with the consumption of mushroom, no problem of cholesterol, no overweight, heart attack and even cancer; the product is natural, not processed food,” she said. Oluwadiya advised government at all levels to encourage mushroom farming on a large scale both for local consumption and export to boost
revenue generation.