Mushrooms -The Cancer Fighter

Mushrooms- Different Types of cancer fighterThere is growing evidence that mushrooms inhibit tumor formation and stop cell mutation. Mushrooms also protect healthy cells and increase your body’s ability to detoxify itself of dangerous substances. They are a natural cancer fighter.

Here are six medicinal mushrooms you should include in your diet for their protective, immune enhancing benefits:

  1. Reishi – or Ganoderma lucidum, is known as “The Mushroom of Immortality” and has been used for over 3000 years in Eastern Medicine. The Japanese government has officially listed the Reishi mushroom as an adjunct herb for cancer treatment based on favorable results in cancer research centers around the world. Reishi is one of the world’s most well-known, and widely used medicinal mushrooms.
  1. Maitake – or “Hen of the Woods”, the maitake is a powerful cancer inhibitor and tumor suppressant. Consumption of maitake also lowers blood sugar in diabetics, and helps lower cholesterol, and blood pressure. Maitake has antibacterial properties and boosts the immune system.
  1. Chaga – or Inonotus obliquus, is used around the world for treating cancer. This mushroom has been used in Poland and Western Siberia for centuries and Russian folklore tells of a fungus that grows on birch trees that is effective in treating a variety of cancers. Chaga “tea” is an infusion of the mushroom given to cancer patients. The U.S. National Cancer Institute reports that Chaga has been used successfully in the treatment of cancer.
  1. Shiitake – Shiitake mushrooms contain a polysaccharide called lentinan which is used as an anti-cancer drug in Japan. Lentinan also boosts the immune system allowing it to fight off cold and flu viruses, and improves the immune profile of patients with HIV. Other substances in the shiitake mushroom have been proven to lower blood cholesterol. Shiitake contains selenium, iron, protein, fiber vitamin C and L-ergothioneine, a powerful anti-oxidant.
  1. ABM – or agaricus blazei murill is rich in fiber and minerals, vitamins and amino acids. ABM helps diabetics control blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, reduces stress, prevents ulcers, and helps reduces the risk for osteoporosis. ABM boosts the immune system and is a powerful anti-tumor food, helping fight cancer.
  1. Trametes versicolor – or the Turkey Tail mushroom grows throughout North America and is used commercially around the world to fight cancer. PSK, known as “polysaccharide Kureha” is a derivative of the Turkey Tail mushroom with its anti-tumor activity enhanced when used in conjunction with radiation and chemotherapy. Survival rates in patients who took PSK increased from 52% to 21%.

These are six of over 300 medicinal mushrooms available for consumption. Most are easy to obtain in North America at local health food or grocery stores. Adding these to your diet every day will help reduce your risk of cancer.

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