Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mushrooms as Medicine

Mushroom (maitake, shiitake,crimini) Walnut and Herb Terrine
Ultra yummy, holds for about a week, excellent meat substitute and if you have a family history of cancer this should be 

A diet high in walnuts may significantly decrease a person's risk of breast cancer
- Marshall University School of Medicine
.Mushrooms as medicine is going mainstream with recent research results showing maitake and
shiitakes anti-cancer, antiviral and immune-enhancing properties, maitake may also reduce blood 
pressure and blood sugar. A seven-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health of the use of turkey tail mushroom to boost immunity in women who had been treated for breast cancer. 

"...Turkey tail mushroom has been found to be 100 per cent effective in suppressing prostate tumour development in mice during early trials, new Queensland University of Technology...."

More Links on Mushrooms as medicine:
What single drug can benefit you by: 

1) supporting and strengthening your immune system
2) providing anti-inflammatory properties
3) providing anti-oxidant properties
4) restricting blood vessel growth feeding tumors ("anti-angiogenesis")
5) causing programmed cell death of cancer cells ("apoptosis")
6) providing antiviral effects
7) restricting the growth of pathogenic bacteria
8) assisting conventional anti-cancer drugs to work more effectively at lower doses


Mushrooms provide all these benefits, and they are not drugs. These are 'functional foods' and/or 'dietary ingredients,' which help support the immune system on a fundamental, multi-factorial level. Nature is a numbers game. We need all the support we can get as our immune systems and health are under assault from pollution, stress, contaminated food and age-related diseases as our lifespans increase.

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