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4. Turkey Tail Mushrooms
Turkey tail (trametes versicolor) is a mushroom with beautiful patterns and color that remind many people of the tail feathers of wild turkeys, hence the name. It grows wild around the globe and is often found in large colonies on the wounds of living trees or around the trucks of fallen, dead trees.
This mushroom has perhaps the strongest cancer fighting compounds of any mushrooms. ISRN Oncology published one study in 2012 that showed that taking 9 grams of turkey tail extract every day improved the immune status of subjects that had breast cancer. In 2013, another study published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine, found that this mushroom, when combined with reishi, another disease fighting mushroom, induced cell death in leukemia cells.
5. Chaga Mushrooms
Chaga (inonotus obliquus) a wood and rather hard mushroom that loves the coldest parts of Europe, especially Russia. Although it looks like a dried and cracked piece of old charcoal, this mushroom has terrific medicinal value and has a long history in the folk stories of Europe.
Chaga is a very versatile tool for fighting many different diseases; it seems to do its best work in treating metabolic disorders such as diabetes. This is due to this mushrooms high concentration of secondary metabolites. Phytotherapy Research published a study in February of 2014 that showed that this mushroom had beneficial effects for helping diabetics and might one day become an antidiabetic agent. In June of 2008, the Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed that chaga mushrooms lowered glucose levels and prevented the oxidative degradation of lipids in mice with diabetes.
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