Medicinal Mushroom for Immunity and More

Long used in cooking and in traditional medicine, mushrooms have hit the mainstream as potent enhancers of health. As researchers Seema Patel and Arun Goyal wrote in the journal 3 Biotech, “The chief medicinal uses of mushrooms discovered so far are as antioxidant, antidiabetic, hypocholesterolemic, antitumor, anticancer, immunomodulatory, anti-allergenic, nephroprotective, and antimicrobial agents.” Not a bad start. The researchers listed well over a dozen types that have been found to be protective against cancer. Here is a look at eight mushrooms that are readily available in supplement forms. In addition to the health benefits listed, all eight of these mushrooms have been shown to have substantial immune-boosting properties. Studies have also shown anticancer effects for most of these.

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Many of the mushrooms that are commonly consumed in the US have been shown to inhibit growth of breast cancer cells. Maitake, crimini, portabella, oyster, and white button mushrooms were all shown to reduce cell proliferation in a recent study. Turkey tail mushrooms get their name from their unique shape and colors, which resemble a wild turkey’s tail feathers. A lengthy study funded by the National Institutes of Health determined that taking daily capsules of turkey tail mushroom extract boosted immunity in women who had been treated for breast cancer.

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