Wild mushrooms could be powerful weapon against prostate cancer

Dr. Chang-Yan Chen, a research investigator at Harvard Medical School, has done some groundbreaking research on the effects of wild Asian mushrooms on cancer. The results were reported in the scientific journal, PLoS One, and summarized in the Natural Health Dossier:

“The researchers injected mice with human prostate cancer cells. They were then treated with the mushroom every two days for 12 days. Although the treatment did not prevent tumors from forming, it did slow their growth.

After 12 days, the mice were again treated with the mushroom. This time, the tumors began to shrink. Analysis of the data showed that a protein – caspase-3 – had been activated. Caspase-3 is known to promote “apoptosis,” the mechanism that causes cancer cells to destroy themselves….

Other studies have found that the mushroom suppressed the formation and growth of aggressive breast cancer cells…..

What makes this mushroom so promising as a cancer treatment is that not only does it promote apoptosis (programmed cell death), it also inhibits the naturally invasive behavior of cancer cells. It does this by inhibiting angiogenesis – the formation of new blood vessels that “’feed” cancer cell growth.'”

from the Natural Health Dossier

The mushroom that offers these beneficial properties is Sanghuang mushroom. It is available as both a supplement and as a tea. Both can be found in most Asian grocery stores

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