Share0 Tweet0 Pin0 Mushrooms are versatile living organisms that are part of the fungi family and can be seen worldwide. Although you can find several different types of mushrooms in a host of shapes and sizes, not every kind is suitable for consumption. Some are mildly toxic, while others can be downright poisonous and fatal […]
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Sweet Chestnuts are a delicious Autumn and winter food and if you search your local woods are totally free. Not only are they great to eat but they also help aid digestion, improve kidney function and boost the bodies store of Jing or essence according to Chinese medicine.
Native to northeastern Japan, these fungi owe their healing powers to a large molecule called beta-glucan (or beta-glycan) contained inside the mushroom. A Japanese study performed in 2010 administered beta-glucan from the mushroom along with paclitaxel, a chemotherapy drug, to mice with cancerous cells. Compared with those mice that did not receive the treatment, researchers discovered that the mice given the beta-glucan had an increase in immunity and that the cancer growth was inhibited. Previous studies were not performed on people, but this year scientists are conducting a clinical trial on the effects beta-glucans (combined with other cancer-fighting drugs) have on the human immune system.