Six Ways Reishi Mushrooms Target And Kill Cancer Cells

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Many people with cancer become ill when their immune system takes a nose dive. With the immune system now vulnerable, potential lurking pathogens such as bacteria and viruses can take hold making it more difficult to stop healthy cells from turning cancerous.

But, we shouldn’t be surprised with the millions of deaths associated with cancer or low immunity – especially when you consider the loss of minerals in our farming soil; the overabundance of sugar in the diet; artificial ingredients inside too many heavily-processed foods plus the proliferation of GMOs.

Conventionally-trained healthcare providers know little to NOTHING about nutrition, herbs and mushrooms

For example, according to world-renown mycologist Paul Stamets, ‘of the 140,000 species of mushroom-forming fungi, science is familiar with only 10 percent.’ Such a shame – when you understand that mushrooms have some of the most potent natural medicines on the planet.

Thankfully, there are many scientists looking at the health benefits within the plant kingdom – especially with regard to the Reishi mushroom. Known for its immune building and anti-aging virtues, more recent research highlights the antibody-mediating, multi-mechanistic power that makes Reishi a super cancer-fighter.

How does reishi target (and kill) cancer cells?

1. Reishi assists the immune system in preventing secondary infections. As if cancer wasn’t challenging to begin with, secondary attacks on the immune system from environmental pathogenic influences, such as viruses and bacteria, make the immune system particularly vulnerable in those already experiencing oncological issues.

2. Reishi helps breast cancer patients. Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is the most pervasive cancer of this type. New findings confirm that Reishi is a suitable IBC therapeutic – because of its ability to selectively inhibit cancer cell viability.

The Journal of Nutrition and Cancer published findings, from researchers, that showed the Reishi mushroom consistently inhibited cell invasion and disrupted cell spheroids involved in the invasive nature of cancer cells.

3. Reishi has multi-faceted immunomodulatory effects. Studies highlight how Reishi can identify potential pathogenic invaders by amplifying natural killer cell activity. Because Reishi’s therapeutic action can break down fibrinogen, an outer layer that protects cancer cells, they are more susceptible to cell death.

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4. Keeping healthy cells intact has been demonstrated by Reishi. In a study observing its effects on ovarian cancer cells and cell-mediated responses, Reishi inhibited cell colony formation and cell migration demonstrating its ability to protect already healthy cells. The study also highlighted how Reishi takes action to assist in inhibiting tumor cell growth.

5. Reishi regulates programmed cell death. Referred to as apoptosis, reishi extract has the ability to stop cancer cells in their tracks. Eventually all healthy cells die, but certain cancer cells do not undergo apoptosis and divide endlessly wreaking internal havoc. Reishi intermediates this process successfully.

6. Reishi beats cancer at its own ‘cell-squeezing’ game. Cancer cells, through the protein-destroying enzyme, matrix metalloproteinase squeeze their way into healthy cells and destroy surrounding tissue. They can also enter the bloodstream to metastasize. Reishi has been shown to block the enzyme and prevent cancer from penetrating where it does not belong.

Remember, not all Reishi supplements are created equal. To access the benefits that have been obtained in studies it is essential to use standardized Reishi extracts containing assayed levels of Ganoderma Lucidum, the active therapeutic agent.

Ask your integrative healthcare practitioner to help suggest a dosage and high quality Reishi supplement that best reflects your needs. And, while you’re at it, ask how you can incorporate Reishi mushroom into your regular diet.

If you’re looking to boost immune function and avoid disease, investigate the health benefits of Reishi, Shitake, Coriolus versicolor (“Turkey tail”), Cordyceps, Maitake and Chaga plus many other organic foods, herbs and spices.  The reward is worth the effort.

About the author: Christine M. Dionese L.Ac, MSTOM is an integrative health expert, medical journalist and food writer. She’s dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health. Christine practices, writes and speaks on environmental functional medicine, personalized medicine and epigenetics, food science and sustainable living.

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3752246
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3201987
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339609
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21399867

 

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Neal has had long running relationship with Daoism and its health related practices including Chi Gung, Meditation and a interest in its methods of using herbs and food to generate health. He hopes his passion will rub off on you in a positive way.

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