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Top ways mushrooms help fight cancer

6/9/2014 - Mushrooms are unique when it comes to classifying them as a food source. Though many people might identify them as vegetables when pressed to categorize them, mushrooms are actually neither a plant nor an animal. Instead, they are a fungus, and one that has been prized for centuries for its properties...

Shiitake mushrooms can help prevent cervical cancer, study finds

4/15/2014 - For centuries, shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) have been utilized as a medicine in their native East Asia. Traditional Chinese medicine, for instance, would commonly prescribe shiitake for people suffering from upper respiratory disease, poor blood circulation and fatigue. In Japan, shiitake were...

Like humans, mushrooms and algae generate vitamin D when exposed to sunlight

3/28/2014 - Although humans cannot produce energy from sunlight the way plants can, we do actually need sunlight to produce one essential nutrient, vitamin D. The human body can also use vitamin D that it gets from its diet -- but like the sugars found in plants, the ultimate source of dietary vitamin D is also...

Fungi - such as mushrooms, molds and yeasts - are actually more closely related to animals than to plants

3/7/2014 - At first glance, mushrooms, molds and other fungi appear to be a type of plant. After all, they are stationary, they grow out of a single substrate, and their tissues look roughly similar to those produced by plants. But fungi are actually an entirely separate kingdom of living beings, on the same level...

Super clean USA-grown mushrooms now available: Reishi, Shiitake, Maitake, Cordyceps contain zero lead; low heavy metals verified

2/25/2014 - The big problem with functional mushrooms sold these days is that so many of them are contaminated with toxic heavy metals because they're grown in China. This is well known across the industry, but nobody talks about it publicly because they don't want customers to know the truth. What truth is...

Reishi mushrooms: traditional medicine for cancer, diabetes and more

2/24/2014 2:10:13 PM - Reishi mushrooms, also called lingzhi mushrooms, are a species of medicinal mushroom characterized by their kidney-shaped cap and tough texture. Though widely appreciated throughout the countries of their native Asia, reishi are especially venerated in China. In fact, practitioners of ancient Chinese...

Studies show that reishi mushrooms fight cancer and diabetes

12/29/2013 - Reishi mushrooms have been used to treat countless ailments in the Far East for over 2,000 years. They are especially venerated in their native China, where they have acquired the nickname "The Mushrooms of Immortality" due to their extraordinary medicinal properties. Indeed, long-term consumption of...

Study: Psychedelic mushrooms can help spur production of new brain cells

12/12/2013 - They're technically illegal in all 50 states. But so-called "magic mushrooms," or what street dealers and those in the know refer to as "shrooms," are a highly medicinal reparative food that scientific research put out by the University of South Florida suggests could be used to improve cognitive function....

Three edible mushrooms with proven cancer-fighting properties

11/13/2013 - The healing properties of mushrooms have been known for centuries. Traditional Chinese medicine, for instance, has long recommended the consumption of certain edible mushrooms to treat serious conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Likewise, European civilizations have treasured the continent's...

New study shows magic mushrooms repair brain damage caused by extreme trauma

7/29/2013 - A new study by The University of South Florida has found that low doses of the active ingredient in magic mushrooms repairs brain damage caused by extreme trauma, offering renewed hope to millions of sufferers of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). The study confirms previous research by Imperial...

Article updated with new message from the Health Ranger

7/10/2013 - The article which originally appeared here has been removed because it is no longer aligned with the science-based investigative mission of Natural News. In late 2013 / early 2014, Mike Adams (the Health Ranger), editor of Natural News, transitioned from outspoken activist to environmental scientist....

Magic mushrooms and depression: Another promising treatment halted by the war on drugs

6/16/2013 - England is attempting to embark upon the first ever clinical trial to explore the potential positive effects psilocybin-the hallucinogenic ingredient in magic mushrooms-has on depression. However, the trial, despite having the funds to commence, is being halted due to the fact that it is still illegal...

Shiitake mushrooms help fight cancer, reduce cholesterol, and boost immunity

6/7/2013 - The shiitake, also called the oakwood mushroom or the black forest mushroom in English-speaking countries, is an edible brown mushroom that is native to Japan, China, and Korea. It has been cultivated for over a thousand years, and fresh and dried shiitake remain popular in East Asia today. Like maitake...

Maitake mushrooms can inhibit tumor growth and boost immunity

5/14/2013 7:14:29 AM - The maitake, also known in English-speaking countries as the hen-of-the-woods, is a large, earthy-brown mushroom that grows at the base of trees, especially oaks. It is native to northeastern Japan and certain parts of North America, and is one of Japan's major culinary mushrooms. It is equally popular...

Beat the worst of chemotherapy with medicinal mushrooms

5/13/2013 - The chances of a brush with cancer these days are unfortunately high, especially in the West - with one in three now expected to suffer some form our most notorious disease at some point in their lives. With the rise of environmental toxins, unnatural levels of hormones in dairy and meat produce, transfats...

Mushrooms may be another great way to get your vitamin D

4/27/2013 - New research recently presented at a joint meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Experimental Biology confirms a little-known benefit of eating mushrooms - higher vitamin D levels. As relayed by MedPageToday.com, researchers from Boston University (BU) found that...

Magic mushrooms could treat depression, but clinical trials unnecessarily delayed by drug laws

4/16/2013 - Researchers from Imperial College London in the U.K. have made some fascinating discoveries about so-called "magic" mushrooms, and their potential use as an all-natural, drug-free treatment for depression. But oppressive drug laws in the European country are making it extremely difficult for such research...

Governments block research on using magic mushrooms to treat depression

4/10/2013 - "Magic" mushrooms grow naturally throughout the world. The psilocybin within magic mushrooms was used in ancient times for religious ceremonies and recreation. Today though, governments are frightening the population and are banning not only naturally-occurring mushrooms, but also the right to research...

Magic mushrooms may aid cancer patients, study shows

2/4/2013 - A growing body of research indicates that the active chemical in "magic mushrooms" may help significantly ease the psychological and spiritual distress commonly experienced by cancer patients, according to a book excerpt published in Psychological Aspects of Cancer: A Guide to Emotional and Psychological...

Boost overall health by eating reishi mushrooms

2/2/2013 - Reishi mushrooms are currently enjoying extreme popularity because of their reported health benefits. This type of mushroom has antiviral, analgesic, anti-diabetic, cardiovascular, anti-parasetic and antifungal properties that make it more beneficial for those who are aiming to improve their overall...

Mushroom extracts for even-toned, hydrated skin

11/28/2012 - Mushrooms are an often overlooked source of skin-loving nutrition because of their status as a member of the nightshade family which gives some a negative association with the fungus. While it is true that some mushrooms can contain trace organic toxins and should be moderately consumed, there are also...

Tiger Milk mushrooms hold powerful cancer treatment secret

10/26/2012 - Increasingly, researchers believe the next big scientific breakthrough in terms of treating a number of existing diseases will come from natural ingredients, and as such they are focusing their efforts in that direction. Along those lines, scientists from the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical...

Eat mushrooms to improve your health and happiness this winter

12/24/2011 - For many people, the cold and often dreary days of winter can translate into seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the "winter blues." But one way to help you and your family to avoid the winter blues and stay healthy and happy this winter is to eat plenty of mushrooms. Though initially...

Use the wild-crafted chaga mushroom to treat chronic ailments

10/1/2011 - The chaga mushroom, or inonotus obliquus, is a medicinal mushroom that grows in northern Europe, Siberia, Asia and North America. It grows for seven years inside the bark of wounded or mature birch trees, and it expresses itself outside the bark in the form of a blossom that looks like burnt coal and...

Powdered mushrooms build immunity

10/1/2011 - Western medicine cannot make money if you don't get sick and visit doctors regularly. So why would a doctor tell you what organic food to buy? For many Americans, if you mention taking medicinal mushrooms, they look at you like you're some kind of witch doctor, or a traveling medicine man with a covered...

Mushrooms are a source of multiple nutrients

4/5/2011 - There is often confusion as to whether mushrooms are herbs or vegetables. They are neither because they are classified as part of the fungi family. Only around 3000 of the 14 000 documented varieties of mushroom are edible. They contain a wide range of nutrients, ranging from niacin to fibre, potassium...

Much like humans, mushrooms generate vitamin D when exposed to sunlight

9/10/2010 - Food companies are beginning to capitalize on a little known capability of mushrooms: like humans, they synthesize vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet radiation like that in sunlight. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps the body form and maintain healthy bones and teeth. More recent research...

Mushrooms made into green packing material

8/13/2010 - It sounds like a futuristic sci fi idea: a non-toxic, earth friendly packing material that grows itself and, after it's used, makes a great garden compost. But this isn't fiction -- it's mushrooms. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), two former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute...

White button mushrooms enhance the immune system to fight infections and cancer

8/10/2010 - Scientists have long known that certain types of mushrooms have anti-tumor activity. But what about widely available, common white button mushrooms (WBMs)? Known by the botanical name Agaricus bisporus, they are a tasty addition to everything from salads to pizzas -- and, it turns out, they do have...

Powerful Medicinal Mushrooms Grow Wild throughout North America

6/2/2010 - The West is catching on to what the East has known for thousands of years: mushrooms are beneficial to health. They increase immunity, provide vital nutrients, and have been shown to fight cancer. Many of the most powerful medicinal mushrooms like Reishi and Maitake grow wild right all around North...

Reishi Mushrooms Offer Help for Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

5/27/2010 - One of the key measures of a long and well lived life is adaptability. A person`s ability to adapt to changing circumstances goes a long way toward predicting longevity. This involves the responsiveness and functionality of the immune system. A robust immune system capable of adjusting to ever-changing...

Newly Discovered Old Russian Folk Remedy Prevents and May Cure Cancer

3/11/2010 - There is a buzz stirring about a mushroom from Siberia, which was relatively unknown until Russian novelist Alexandr Solzhenitsyn brought it up in his 1968 novel Cancer Ward. In that novel, the protagonist was cured of his cancer mostly by using a Russian folk remedy, a tea brewed from the Chaga mushroom....

Mycelium Mushrooms Provide Detoxification for the Earth

2/10/2010 - Much of the land, air and water around the world have been contaminated by industrial waste and pollution. Many people are affected by the filth as it`s unfortunate but true that what`s in the air and water around our homes regularly ends up inside of our bodies. The problems are serious, but fortunately,...

Medicinal mushrooms like reishi, maitake can help fight cancer

10/23/2009 - The cure for cancer already exists. But it wasn't created in a lab, and it wasn't funded by pink-ribbon products or walkathons. It was created for free by Mother Nature, and it exists as a collection of literally thousands of powerful anti-cancer phytonutrients found in medicinal mushrooms. Medicinal...

Study Finds Breast Cancer Fighting Properties within Mushrooms

9/22/2009 - A recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer found evidence supporting that mushrooms have breast cancer-fighting properties. This study was conducted at the University of Western Australia in Perth. The study included 2,018 Chinese women. Half of the women were diagnosed with...

Eating Mushrooms Slashes Risk of Breast Cancer by Two-Thirds

6/23/2009 - Regular mushroom consumption can decrease a woman's risk of breast cancer by two thirds, researchers have found. Scientists from the University of Western Australia in Perth conducted a study on 2,018 Chinese women, half of whom had been diagnosed with breast cancer. After adjusting for known cancer...

Mushrooms Synthesize Vitamin D When Exposed to Ultraviolet Light

4/2/2009 - Recent research suggests that like humans, some animals and certain species of algae, mushrooms may also be able to synthesize vitamin D upon exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is synthesized by the body upon exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight. Synthesis of the vitamin does not appear to...

Discover What Traditional Chinese Medicine Knows about Mushrooms

2/9/2009 - Mushrooms are gaining popularity as a beneficial super food in North America. They are high in vegetable proteins and low in calories, making them a valuable source of healthy nutrition. They also contain zinc, iron, chitin, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Not only are mushrooms a healthy addition...

Mushrooms: The Underestimated Super Food

10/20/2008 - Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by traditional eastern healers but only recently by western healers in advanced medicine. Mushrooms are often classified as a vegetable or an herb, but they are actually fungi. Mushrooms provide our bodies with the nutrients, proteins, minerals, and...

Mushrooms That Fight Cancer and Boost the Immune System

7/14/2008 - In the world of natural health, "medicinal" mushrooms are known as some of the most potent immune boosters and disease fighters. Perhaps the most potent of all is the Agaricus Blazei Murrill mushroom, known in its native Brazil as "The Mushroom of God"; however many others have also proven to be very...

The Mushroom Master: An Interview with George Vaughan (Part 2)

3/20/2008 - Welcome back to part two of my interview with George Vaughan. George is a botanist specializing in mycology and the founder of Mushroom Harvest (www.mushroomharvest.com) , a supplier of high quality medicinal mushroom products. Adam: Your main blend contains 14 different species of medicinal mushroom....

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (Book Review)

3/7/2008 - If you enjoy eating exotic mushrooms, are interested in their nutritional and medicinal value and if you would like to learn how to establish mushrooms in your yard, garden or woods, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets will not disappoint you. If the subtitle How...

Studies show reishi mushrooms benefit people stricken with a variety of ailments, from high blood pressure to AIDS

1/25/2007 - Hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the "mushroom of immortality" and the "medicine of kings," you'd expect reishi to offer you some pretty astounding health benefits, right? Your assumptions are correct. This prized fungus may be able to boost your immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease,...

"Illegal" psychedelic mushrooms prove to be genuine medicine for cluster headache sufferers

11/27/2006 - A medicinal use of a hallucinogenic compound in mushrooms has been hailed in a UCLA study exploring the therapeutic effects of an active compound in the mushrooms called psilocybin. Although these mushrooms are illegal for general use, the drug based on some of its components has now been approved for...

Mushrooms as good an antioxidant source as more colorful veggies (press release)

8/29/2006 - Portabella and crimini mushrooms rank with carrots, green beans, red peppers and broccoli as good sources of dietary antioxidants, Penn State researchers say. Dr. N. Joy Dubost, who recently earned her doctorate in food science at Penn State, measured the activity of two antioxidants,...

Interview: Medicinal mushroom expert Mark Kaylor discusses maitake and reishi mushrooms, cancer, syndrome X and integrative medicine

10/27/2005 - Mike: I'm here today with Mark Kaylor of Maitake Products. Can you tell me about the company and the line of products you represent? Kaylor: I'm here with a company named Maitake Products; maitake is actually the name of a mushroom. It's a Japanese word -- "mi" in Japanese translates as dancing,...

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