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Medicinal Mushrooms Boost Immune Function and Prevent Cancer

Sunday, January 8, 2017 23:27
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(NaturalHealth365) If you’re looking for a natural, effective way to boost your immune system and prevent cancer, eating some mushrooms could be the answer. Medicinal mushrooms are loaded with healing properties, and the public is just beginning to become aware of their power.

Among them, reishi mushrooms have been getting a lot of attention lately. Reishi mushrooms have been used in Chinese herbal medicine for centuries. Today, they are consumed in the form of teas, syrups, pills and soups for a wide range of health benefits.

Medicinal mushrooms help prevent cancer by triggering a healthy immune system response

The Chinese believe the reishi mushroom and the medicinal compounds it contains help to support liver health and lung functioning. Reishi mushrooms are also known to fight mild depression and elevate mood. Perhaps most exciting of all, consuming them regularly can help to fight and prevent cancer.

The main way medicinal mushrooms fight cancer is through their ability to boost your immune system. In fact, reishi extract from the reishi mushroom contains known anti-cancer compounds, and it is registered with the government for its anticancer abilities.

Three decades of research have substantiated medicinal mushrooms as having cancer-fighting and tumor-shrinking properties. Cancer cell growth and tumor growth seems to be inhibited by the compounds that medicinal mushrooms contain.

Reishi and cordyceps lead the way in medicinal mushroom cancer prevention

The extract of reishi mushrooms has been studied extensively for its properties as an immune system booster. It is believed it enhances immune functioning due to its ability to increase the body’s production of the compound interleukin 1 and 2. Medicinal mushrooms like the reishi also lower blood pressure, protect the liver, reduce inflammation and pain, and naturally kill viruses.

Cordyceps is another medicinal mushroom that can help boost your immune system and prevent cancer. Cordyceps mushrooms are stimulating to the immune system and help to raise levels of natural cancer killing cells including T cells. The long tradition of Chinese medicine considers cordyceps mushrooms enhancing to the longevity of white blood cells, which are instrumental in fighting and preventing cancer.

Shitake, crimini, and numerous other medicinal mushrooms bring healing benefits

Other beneficial medicinal mushrooms include shitake mushrooms, sometimes called “Elixir of Life.” These mushrooms are used in miso soup and are known to help reduce cholesterol levels when eaten regularly. Shitake mushrooms contain lentinan, a known immune system booster and virus inhibitor. Shitake mushrooms also contain AHCC, a glucan which can treat and prevent cancer by boosting the immune system.

Maitake, oyster mushrooms, crimini, Portobello mushrooms, turkey tail and enoki mushrooms have also been associated with strengthening the immune system and helping to prevent cancer.

The bottom line: In addition to being a tasty addition to many dishes and cuisines, mushrooms are loaded with healing compounds and properties. Seek out these medicinal mushrooms, and you’ll be able to greatly improve immune function.

References:

https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/reishi-mushroom

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15465337

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12467913

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12101282

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9096652

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9764768

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