Medicinal Mushrooms – Can They Cure Cancer?

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Quick:  the FIRST thing that jumps into your head when I write the words “medicinal mushrooms”…..

Vivid colors trailing together and slow-motion talking flying unicorns, right?  Sorry, “Trippy” Reader….  not MAGIC mushrooms….medicinal!

It’s now time to expand your mushroom-awareness.  There are sooo many more mushrooms besides the everywhere white button mushrooms used in omelets and the portabella.  In fact, there’s an estimated mind-blowing 38,000 species of mushrooms!

Medicinal mushrooms are in a class all by themselves and garnering quite the buzz lately for health benefits and…get this…anti-cancer properties.

Medicinal mushrooms include Reishi, Shiitake, Maitake and Chaga.

These members of the fabulous fungi family are rich in vitamins, fiber, and amino acids and have been shown to boost the immune system and lower risk of cancer.

They all boast the benefit of an improved immune system and each have their specialty, if you will.

Reishi mushrooms – promote respiratory health and spirituality

Shiitake mushrooms – provide high levels of protein (18%)

Maitake mushrooms  – help to regulate blood sugar levels and is specifically recommended for the stomach and intestines

Chaga mushrooms – help stimulate the immune system to fight infection, cancer, and immune diseases

In fact, Chaga deserves more than a on-liner:

Chaga Mushrooms grow on birch trees and look like a large slab of burnt charcoal.  You can find it in Japan, Korea, Russia, East European countries, Northern US and parts of the Carolina mountains and Canada.  It’s found that chaga contains anti-mutagenic compounds… compounds that inhibit mutations, which are changes in DNA and RNA sequences. Mutations can cause genetic disorders as well as cancer and degenerative diseases.

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Chaga extract was able to inhibit tumor growth, kill cancer cells, and stimulate the immune system to fight cancer.  How HUGE is that?

A compound found in both birch  tree and chaga called betulinic acid shows anti-cancer properties in laboratory studies. Chaga absorbs betulinic acid from the birch tree.  (Hey, maybe we should be drinking birch tree tea, too ?)

Quoting Wikipedia here about the polysaccharides in Chaga Medicinal Mushrooms:

Recent scientific research in Japan and China has been focused more on the anti-cancer potential and showed the effects of these specific polysaccharides to be comparable to chemo therapy and radiation, but without the side effects. Further research indicated these polysaccharides have strong anti-inflammatory  and immune balancing properties, stimulating the body to produce NK (natural killer) cells to battle infections and tumor growth, instead of showing a direct toxidity against pathogens.

A NATURAL chemo therapy?  Now that IS a magic mushroom!

You can eat these mushrooms, but they are most popular and in their most potent form in teas, powdered mushroom extracts, or tinctures (liquid).

Check your local health food store for Chaga and other mushroom gold.

Please pass this information along to anyone you know who has been diagnosed with cancer !

~ Mushroom Madness,

The Anti-Aging Analyst

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