first mushroom is cultivated in Southeast Asia, and since then, have had a long
history of use in traditional Chinese medicine. Their legendary effects in
promoting good health and vitality and in increasing the body’s adaptive
abilities have been supported by recent studies.
are healthy, being low in calories, high in vegetable proteins, iron, zinc,
fiber, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. These health benefits are
perfectly complemented by the mushroom’s gourmet quality; it is a flavorful
addition to many meals, especially popular in soups.
the last 50 years, scientific studies have also suggested that mushroom are
probiotic. They help the body strengthen itself and fight off illness restoring
the body’s balance and natural resistance to disease. Mushroom contains
compounds classified as host defense potentiators(HDP), with immune enhancement
properties. These findings inspired scientific studies to pursue the healthy
mushroom in anti-cancer drug research.
Mushroom and Cancer
time we get sick, a potential vulnerable spot may open in our bodies’
defenses. Over time, cell-mediated immunity may become inadequate and
malfunction. This allows for multiple genetic mutations in the same location to
reach cell proportions (called malignant growth). The process is generally quite
slow and may take many bouts of illness to manifest itself. Today we call this
cancer, or the big C.
contain essential minerals like selenium, which works with vitamin E to produce
antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals causing cell damage. Complex
sugars and their derivatives are able to stimulate a higher level of proteins
which facilitate communication between cells. Mushrooms are also found to have
anti-viral, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and immune enhancer properties. The
HDP in mushrooms keep the immune system functioning efficiently, help the body
regulate the development of lymphoid system cells and develop the important
defense responses. With immune system functioning efficiently, the frequency and
severity of illness is minimized and recovery is fast.
scientific studies performed in universities and medical facilities have
produced volumes of studies on the medicinal effect of mushrooms on different
are currently used as adjunct to cancer treatment in Japan and China.
December 2001 issue of St. John’s University Alumni Magazine writes that Dr.
Michael Kelner, a research pathologist and professor at the University of
California, San Diego, and his associate, Dr. Trever McMorris, recently
synthesized an anti-cancer agent called irofulven
has so far proven effective in treating pancreatic, ovarian, sarcoma and neuro-endocrine
cancers, without the side effects of typical chemotherapies. It is also showing
promise with glioma (brain) and hepatoma (liver), uterine and prostate cancers.
to Dr. Kelner, “Irofulven is the first broad spectrum anti cancer agent
without side effects. In the case of pancreatic cancer, it is the only
chemotherapy that worked to shrink tumors without side effects.”