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Mushroom is Good for You
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The 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. 

Mushrooms 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. 

In 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

Every 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. 

Mushrooms 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. 

Many scientific studies performed in universities and medical facilities have produced volumes of studies on the medicinal effect of mushrooms on different ailments.

Mushrooms are currently used as adjunct to cancer treatment in Japan and China. 

The 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. 

According 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.”

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