Three edible mushrooms with proven cancer-fighting properties
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Mushrooms are well known for their anti-cancer benefits. However some are more efficient at tackling cancer than others. Here are three mushrooms which, according to ongoing research, are unusually effective at inhibiting cancerous growths.
Regarded as a symbol of longevity in Japan, it is rich in trace nutrients such as copper, magnesium, B-vitamins, and antioxidants like selenium. According to the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, shiitake contain lentinan, a beta glucan that stimulates the immune system, thus activating certain proteins and cells (such as macrophanges and T-cells) that fight cancer.
According to ongoing research with human cancer patients, a part of the maitake known as the "MD-fraction" has the ability to suppress tumor growths. One Japanese report on the MD-fraction entitled "Can Maitake MD-Fraction Aid Cancer Patients?" found that patients suffering from liver, breast and lung cancer experienced between 58.3%-68.8% improvements in their conditions after being fed maitake extracts over an extended trial period, while stomach and brain cancer patients experienced between 10%-20% improvements.
Used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years, reishi mushrooms are one of the oldest mushrooms cultivated for medicinal usage, and their anti-cancer abilities are legendary. Dried reishi powder was used as a popular cancer chemotherapy agent as far back as ancient China, and contemporary pharmaceutical companies continue to add reishi extracts to certain anti-tumor drugs such as MC-S.
Studies show that long-term consumption of reishi prevents tumor proliferation and growth by increasing the level of antioxidants in an individual's blood plasma while boosting the immunity of those suffering from advanced stage cancer.