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There is quite a buzz in the cancer community about the benefit of mushrooms for cancer patients. See my recent post Medicinal Mushrooms: Fungi That Fight Cancer Cells. Today I will share even more information on this topic, so read on, thrivers!
The Benefit of Mushrooms
Mushrooms are pretty fantastic for healing. In addition to their culinary delights, many common mushrooms are a good source of protein, antioxidants, fiber, B vitamins (I believe they’re one of the only vegetarian sources of B12, though it is minimal) and also vitamin D, a vitamin that is known to be lacking in many breast cancer patients.
Research on mushrooms show that they have antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits with potent immune bolstering benefits.
The Magic Part of the Mushroom
The most potent and beneficial part of the mushroom is the mycelium – the part on the underside of the mushroom cap that you can see in the photo. The mycelium contains the “magic” ingredients that confer so many health benefits.
The Chinese have been using mushrooms to support their health for thousands of years and you might not be aware of it but some widely used drugs in Western medicine are derived from mushrooms, penicillin being the most popular.
One Passionate Man and His Research
According to Paul Stamets, DSc, one of the world’s leading mycologists and author of “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World” there are about 150,000 species of mushrooms and that about 5% have “interesting nutritional or medicinal properties”.
Stamets was involved in the study “Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Trametes versicolor in Women With Breast Cancer” and is on the advisory committee of the trial’s second phase. Trametes versicolor (also known as turkey tail) improved the immune systems of breast cancer patients after chemotherapy and radiation.
Now that’s the kind of research I like to see – NOT involving synthetic drugs!
The best thing I wanted to share was that Paul Stamets’ own mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and given three months to live. She took turkey tail mushrooms and is still with us, three years later, with no detectable tumors. He speaks about her experience in this YouTube video and shares the dosage that she took. It must be stated that she was also taking the cancer drug Herceptin along with the mushroooms, but she is still alive and well and with us today. Inspiring!
6 Great Tips For Taking Mushroom Supplements For Healing
- Make sure the product you purchase has at least 10% to 12% polysaccharides
- Try to take only certified organic mushroom supplements – particularly if you have active cancer in your body
- See my post on which mushrooms have the most research to back them up
- Take a natural vitamin C supplement with your mushrooms to improve absorption
- Some are finding it helpful to take the mushroom supplement for a month, stop for a few days, then begin again
- According to the Phase 1 clinical trial mentioned above, up to 9 grams per day of Trametes versicolor was a safe and tolerable dose in women with breast cancer – that’s 9,000 mg! Experiment with that for yourself though – start with a lesser dosage and work up to 9,000 mg to see how well you tolerate it.
My favorite supplements come from Host Defense, Paul Stamets’ own company – so you know, being the well-known mushroom guru that he is, they are organically grown, the right way. I particularly like “My Community“, a blend of 18 medicinal mushrooms, and my other favorite is “Stamets 7“, a blend of 7 mushrooms. They are both awesome for boosting immunity and helping to keep cancer away. I switch off between them, especially in the winter.
Source article: Medicinal Mushroom Magic by Corinne Garcia, Energy Times Magazine, October 2012
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Hi Marnie, what are the best way to have these mushrooms as I see you can also have them in tablet form. Thank you
My favorite way to take medicinal mushrooms is via supplementation. There are some very good products out there – use the contact form on my website to send me a PM if you need me to send you some links to good products.