(NaturalHealth365) Mushrooms can improve immunity and have many natural healing properties. Recent scientific studies confirm what healers have long known – mushrooms have a place in the healthcare industry. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that, reishi extract is a government registered, anti-cancer drug.
For the last 30 years, research has revealed that medicinal mushrooms actually help shrink tumors; inhibit their growth and prevent the occurrence of cancer cell growth.
Can your food kill viruses? Let’s take a closer look at how mushrooms are used to promote natural healing.
Reishi mushrooms extract is an immune booster, which has been shown to inhibit tumor growth and reduce the size by increasing the body’s production of interleukin 1 and 2. Recent studies suggest that medicinal mushrooms can lower blood pressure; reduce pain and inflammation. Also, let’s not forget, mushrooms can naturally kill viruses and protect the liver.
Reishi is a commonly used mushroom in Chinese herbal medicine and is available in syrup; tea; soup and pill form in China. Traditionally speaking, medicinal mushrooms are used to support lung and liver health plus elevate the mood of mildly depressed people.
Shitake mushrooms, also known as the “Elixir of Life’’, have shown amazing properties. Its compounds are known to reduce cholesterol levels when eaten on a regular basis. In Asian cuisine, it is an all-time favorite in miso soup. Shitake contains lentinan – a very powerful immune boosting compound, which delays the progress of viruses by increasing antibody levels.
Lentinan is used as an intravenous anti-cancer drug with antitumor properties, and studies have associated it with a lower recurrence rate.
Shitake contains a glucan called, AHCC and it is used in alternative and complementary treatment of cancer in Japan due to its remarkable immune-enhancing function.
Maitake is known as the king of mushrooms because of its wide array of medical uses which include fighting tumors; restoring the immune system; increasing the production of proteins responsible for fighting infection; and promotes healthy digestion. Maitakes are used in hearty dishes such as mushroom casseroles.
Oyser mushrooms can help lower unhealthy cholesterol levels and have anti-cancer properties. They have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for 3,000 years, and are thought of as a tonic for the immune system, according to Christopher Hobbs, author of “Medicinal Mushrooms.”
Oyster mushrooms contain erogothioneine, a unique antioxidant exclusively produced by fungi, according to a study led by Penn State University Scientist Joy Dubost. Even when cooked the mushrooms retain the same level of this very potent antioxidant that protects the cells from damage.
Oyster mushrooms have significant antibacterial activity according to a study published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In addition, oyster mushrooms are high in zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin C, folic acid, niacin and vitamins B-1 and B-2.
Are Portobello mushrooms good for you?
Portobello is one of the more common mushrooms found in super markets. But just because something is “common” – does not make it less valuable. Rich in antioxidants and B vitamins, Portobello mushrooms enhance the immune system’s natural “killer-cell” activity – which helps prevent cancer cells from running wild within the body.
By the way, portobello mushrooms are crimini mushrooms – which have been allowed to grow to full maturity.
The most common mushroom is called the “crimini” mushroom. Surprisingly, these mushrooms have been found to surpass some of the more exotic mushrooms (like shitake or maitake) in terms of immune system benefits. If you would like to reduce inflammation in your body – think about eating mushrooms every day.
Did you know that women at risk of hormone-dependent breast cancer can benefit from eating crimini mushrooms? The crimini mushroom can help inhibit the production of estrogen – which plays a significant role in the development of certain types of breast cancer.
Turkey tail mushrooms are now being investigated for their ability to fight cancer. Enoki mushrooms are considered to be an anti-cancer food in Japan and the abnormally low cancer rates in Nagano, Japan (the center of enoki cultivation) are directly connected to the high consumption of enoki mushrooms in that region of the world.
Cordyceps are immune stimulating, raising the T cells and natural killer cells. In Chinese medicine, cordycep mushrooms are known to prolong the life of white blood cells – which are the cancer killers for every cancer patient.
We import all kinds of trinkets from China and Japan, what we leave behind is their useful traditional medicinal knowledge. The value of the mushroom – as a cancer fighter – can’t be over emphasized. Adding different types of organic mushrooms to salads, soups, stews, omelets, and sandwiches may prove to be one of the best ways to live life – cancer free!
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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