Tip: Breast Cancer and Mushrooms?

There are many ways to help lower your risk of breast cancer; one is to incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your diet and health regime. The following four are great choices to add to your meals or supplement with as cancer-preventative measures:

  • Maitake (Grifola frondosa). This delicious, edible mushroom provides anti-cancer, anti-viral and immune-enhancing properties, and may also reduce blood pressure and blood sugar. Find it dried or fresh in Japanese markets, gourmet stores or upscale supermarkets.
  • Shiitake (Lentinula edodes). The shiitake has been found to have immune modulating, anti-viral and cholesterol reducing properties. Certain extracts of shiitake mushrooms are used in Japan as adjunctive therapy to strengthen immunity of cancer patients during chemotherapy and radiation. Find it – fresh or dried – in grocery stores and Asian markets.
  • Agaricus (Agaricus blazei). This medicinal mushroom has anti-tumor and anti-viral activity, and is widely used by cancer patients in Japan and Brazil. You can get it as a culture or in extract form from Fungi Perfecti: visit www.fungi.com.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum). Too woody and bitter to eat as food, reishi mushrooms are available in tea bags, capsules and liquid extracts. Animal studies have shown that reishi improves immune function and inhibits the growth of some malignant tumors. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

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