Cancer Diet : 6 Daily Mushrooms for Eating to Beat Cancer
Mushrooms are an extraordinary food, and often overlooked, important. They increase the taste of food, and provide some health benefits from reducing tumor size (and some claim to cure cancer completely), to regulate the immune system, to add vitamins and nutrients needed for the diet. They are low in calories, easy to prepare and flexible enough to fit into almost every dish you can imagine.
The biggest health problem experienced by most people is cancer. Cancer will be diagnosed in one of every two people in North America in our lives. That is a BIG number. What is interesting for us to note is that we can help influence these statistics with what we eat.
All the time cancer cells appear in our body. When we are healthy, our immune system and other systems in the body function to destroy cancer cells. Only when our immunity is low, our body is busy dealing with several other threats, or the immune system is truly overwhelmed with the task of destroying toxins and fending off viruses caused by a disease. In the case of cancer, left uncontrolled, it will grow and spread until finally it is completely taken over and the body dies.
Cancer is not the only concern. Many people often have flu and cold viruses that trigger temporary illnesses, but some people, who are affected by the same virus, will not get sick. Some people have uncontrolled control, more than an active immune system. These people end up with allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chemical sensitivity or other auto-immune diseases. (A disease in which the immune system has lost the ability to identify threats, and attacks cells or normal systems. Fungi can help keep your immune system running properly so that the problem of this disease is disturbing others does not need to bother you.
So how do you eat mushrooms every day? Are you not bored with them? Mushrooms are so versatile that you can brew them as tea, or broth cut a salad, or saute with onions as a side dish. You can buy dried mushrooms and rehydrate them with water, broth, green tea, vegetable or fruit juices or grapes and then use them in almost any type of dish you can imagine.
Here are just a handful of the most famous medicinal mushrooms and how they can help in your optimal health goals.
SHIITAKE (shitake) – The famous shiitake mushroom has a lentinan polysaccharide called. Lentinan has been isolated from fungi and is used as an anti-cancer drug in Japan. Lentinan also enhances the immune system which allows it to fight cold and flu viruses, overcome infections, and even increase the immune profile of patients with HIV. Other substances in shiitake mushrooms have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol. But another compound in this Asian mushroom, L-ergothioneine, is a very powerful anti-oxidant. Shiitake contains selenium, iron, protein, fiber and vitamin C.
ABM (Agaricus blazei Murrill) – ABM is rich in minerals and fiber, and contains vitamins and amino acids. This helps diabetics control sugar, reduce cholesterol, reduce stress, prevent boils, and help prevent osteoporosis. It also enhances immune function and is a powerful anti-tumor food, helping to defeat cancer again.
REISHI – is very helpful in lung disease because it helps strengthen the lungs, and helps to breathe in asthma and pneumonia. Reishi also contains antioxidants, fiber, selenium. It fights viruses, relieves inflammation, helps with allergies, and is anti-bacterial. It is also a powerful anti-cancer agent. Also, Ling Zhi-8, a protein isolated from this fungus helps reduce the risk of transplant rejection.
MAITAKE – Also called “Hen of the Woods”, maitake is a strong cancer inhibitor and tumor suppressor. It also lowers blood sugar in people with diabetes and helps lower cholesterol, lowers blood pressure. It has anti-bacterial properties and enhances the immune system which helps ward off viral infections.
CHAGA – like most mushrooms, Chaga helps modulate the immune system. It also helps detoxify, stimulates the central nervous system, and increases the elasticity and youthfulness of the skin.
OYSTER – The quality of protein from oyster mushrooms is almost the same as animal protein, making it a good meat substitute for vegetarians. It contains fiber, vitamins B1 and 2, iron and minerals and is a powerful anti-oxidant. It is also a strong anti-tumor agent, and has anti-viral and anti-biotic properties and reduces cholesterol.
These are only 6 of more than 300 obese mushrooms available. Most are easily obtained in North America at a local grocery store. Keep cancer and other diseases at bay. Eat some of these mushrooms every day.