Shiitake Magic Mushroom Therapy Health Benefits on Cancer, Immune System

    Mushrooms are esteemed as a longevity tonic. It is a symbol for the Chinese God of longevity. Medical benefits are linked to the common button mushroom but oriental mushrooms contain compounds that can stimulate the immune system, inhibit blood clotting and retard the development of cancer.

     The magical four (Mushroom) with proven value include shiitake, oyster, eniki and tree ear, also called wood ear and mo-er. Japanese Scientists have extensively analyzed the medicinal qualities of mushrooms.

    What makes these mushrooms unusual exciting to scientists is that some possess stimulating or potentiating properties that strengthen the immune system against not only a variety of infections, but cancer and possibly auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthritis and multiple sclerosis.

    The most common edible, best studied mushroom with the greatest proven therapeutic powers is the shiitake, known as golden oaks in Nigeria and United States. Botanically known as lentinus edodes.

    This is the big brown beefy mushroom cap (over two inches) with a slightly smoky flavour. This mushroom possess a strong antiviral substance that stimulates immune system functions. The active ingredient responsible for the stimulation is known as lentinan, a long-chain sugar called a polysaccharide.

    Further tests found lentinan a broad spectrum killer of numerous viruses. The shiitake apparently stimulate the immune system to spin out more interferon, a natural agent of defense against both viruses and cancer.

    It has been tested in leukemia patients in China and on human breast cancer in Japan. Eating shiitake may help lower blood cholesterol, even blocking some of the bad effects of highly saturated fat.

    Eating about three ounces of shiitake a day for a week lowers blood cholesterol by an average of twelve percent. Researchers from George Washington University isolated an active anti coagulant chemical in the black mo-er called Adenosine, the same blood thinning compound they had found in onions and garlic.

    Adenosine in these foods acts like an anticoagulant; it is very similar to aspirin. Such food-borne anticoagulant help prevent the narrowing of arteries, formation of thick sluggish blood and obstructive clots, the stuff that strokes and heart attacks are made of.

    Therefore, mushroom help to save us from heart attacks and strokes just as effectively as aspirin or anticoagulant prescription drugs and with no side effects.