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Medicinal mushrooms' healing benefits revealed in new study

A new study found that two proprietary multi-mushroom-compound blends may have beneficial effects on breast cancer cells and prostate cancer cells in the lab.

People get pretty passionate about mushrooms—whether they’re chefs, amateur growers or supplement makers. (I got pretty passionate myself a month ago, when my gourmet friend gently sautéed up a selection of rare fungi from our local Colorado producer, Hazel Dell Mushrooms. Mmmm.)

But despite their succulence, their wealth of bioactive compounds (antioxidants, polysaccharides, vitamin D), and their traditional benefits ascribed by Traditional Chinese Medicine to mushroom extracts like maitake and shiitake—solid clinical trials have been in fairly short supply.

So I imagine the mushroom supplement manufacturers I interviewed for an article in the upcoming March 2012 issue of Natural Foods Merchandiser—New Chapter, MycoFormulas, Fungi Perfecti—are excited about a new study published in Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

A new study found that two proprietary multi-mushroom-compound blends may have beneficial effects on breast cancer cells and prostate cancer cells in the lab.

Researchers said more research is needed. But this adds to a growing body of initial research that has found reishi, oyster, shiitake (often fermented), and even button mushrooms have shown significant beneficial immune-enhancing properties. 

Have you tried mushroom supplements for immunity or other health goals? What’s your take on their effectiveness? Please comment below—I'd love to hear from you!

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on Jan 20, 2012

couldn't live without them! I've been taking a natural supplement called Add Lib for over a year now. It contains cordyceps & maitake mushroom extract, as well as many other Chinese herbs and antioxidants, vitamins and phytonutrients. Add Lib has a made a huge difference in my performance as an avid mountain biker, as well as increased energy and much better mood.

Marc86 (not verified)
on Sep 10, 2012

Yeah, medicinal mushrooms is amazing! I found some good site where there is plenty of info about the different types.
You should check it out!
Perhaps write some article about the different types?
Thanks for a good post!

on Jul 1, 2013

american cancer society scam  rattled everyone who love humanity and want to take part to help the breast cancer patients. Making money in the name of a noble cause is repulsive. I think it is an ethical responsibility of everyone to dig out details about scam charities before sending donations to them. TBCS is time-tested organization and I think deserve support in its humanitarian task.

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