Ten Mushrooms that Prevent Disease and Stop Cancer

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8. Cordyceps Mushrooms

There are numerous studies showing that these mushrooms fight cancer by stopping cancer cells from dividing and growing by interfering the way cancer cells make proteins. This stops the metastatic spread of cancerous tumors. Read more about top 5 cancer fighting foods.

 

9. Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

This is a globe shaped mushroom that has cascading spines with white spores on the ends, giving it its name. Others call this the pom pom blanc, since it also looks like the white pomp oms used by cheerleaders.

No matter what name you want to call it, the positive effects of this mushroom on brains function are well-noted. Biomedical Research published a study showing that participants who took a lion’s mane supplement daily for four weeks had lower levels of depression and anxiety when compared to a group that only received placebos in a study done in August of 2010. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology published a review in March of 2014 and they listed lion’s mane mushrooms as one of the best mushrooms for preventing age-related degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

10. Coriolus Mushrooms

Coriolus versicolor, commonly just called coriolus are known to activate T-lymphocyte, macrophage acitiity, and stimulate other functions in the immune system of the body. This mushroom has been used in traditional herbal remedies in Asia for hundreds of years. The main substances, polysaccharide K, and  polysaccharide-peptide are being studied at this time as a possible cancer treatment since there have been numerous reports of a complete remission of cancer from multiple individuals. Back in the 1980’s, the Japanese government approved the use of these substances for treating several types of cancer. In fact, it’s currently the bestselling anti-cancer drug in the country. There have been numerous animal studies of this mushroom that show it slows the spread of cancer cells and has strong immune boosting properties. This mushroom also has a strong anti-oxidant compound that blocks free radicals, which are oxygen activated molecules that damage cells in the body, which leads to premature aging as well as the mutation of cells, causing cancer.

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