Behold the mighty mushroom. Neither plant nor animal, the mysterious fungus is a class, or kingdom, of its own, and has fascinated cultures around the world for centuries. But while they do make a tasty omelette filling, does the real magic of mushrooms lie not in their flavour, but in their potential to combat one of our biggest killers – cancer?
By Alex Pietrowski
Cancer rates are on the rise worldwide, which means that in coming generations more and more people will have their lives turned inside out with a diagnosis, and with having to turn their attention to battling this new plague. The psychological effects of having your world turned on its so quickly can be devastating, and often put people in a depressed, anxious and negative emotional state.
With so many types of cancers affecting people these days, there is no such thing as a single cure for cancer, because each type is different and will respond to different remedies. Finding the miracle cure often requires an intense search, deviation from standard doctors recommendations, a huge investment of time and money, and tremendous amount of hope, belief and faith. Not everything works for every cancer, but, some things consistently aid in the struggle with all cancers, like the right diet, appropriate …
There are many different types of mushroom. Mushrooms are part of the fungus family. In some countries such as Japan, China and Korea particular types of mushroom form a large part of the diet. In recent years, there has been research into different types of mushroom and mushroom extracts or compounds. Studies have looked at whether mushrooms can prevent cancer, stop the growth of cancer cells, reduce cancer treatment side effects, or help people with advanced cancer to live longer.