Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

Reishi

Enhance Immune System


Increase activity of NK cells , Increase lymphocytes with those in colorectal cancer




Anti Cancer


Fight prostate cancer Fight colorectal cancer Shrink tumors in Large Intestine




Fatigue / Depression


Reduced Neuroesthenia. Reduced fatigue, anxiety, and depression in breast cancer survivors




Cholesterol


None reported.




Blood Sugar


None Reported




Athletic Endurance


None reported




Inflammation


None reported




Memory / Concentration


None reported




Antimicrobial


None reported




Other Benefits


None reported





Maitake

Enhance Immune System


Increase NK cells and T cells




Anti Cancer


Shrink tumors Kiils cancer cells Kills breast cancer cells




Fatigue / Depression


None reported




Cholesterol


Lower cholesterol Increase fatty acid




Blood Sugar


Lowered glucose levels




Athletic Endurance


None reported




Inflammation


None reported




Memory / Concentration


None reported




Antimicrobial


None reported.




Other Benefits


Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome





Shitake

Enhance Immune System


Improved gut immunity, immune cell proliferation




Anti Cancer


Contains Lentinan heals chromosome damage caused by anticancer treatments, inhibit growth and spread of leukemia cells




Fatigue / Depression


None reported




Cholesterol


Eritadenine reduces LDL cholesterol




Blood Sugar





Athletic Endurance


None reported




Inflammation


Decrease inflammation




Memory / Concentration


None reported




Antimicrobial


Certain compounds show antiviral/antibacterial/antifungal properties.




Other Benefits


Reduce obesity





Turkey Tail

Enhance Immune System


Increase monocytes, improve macrophages, improved lymphocytes, improved NK cells.




Anti Cancer


Inhibit growth and spread of colon cancer cells, suppress certain tumors, slowed spread in improved survival times of dogs with hemangiosarcoma, significantly decrease negative side-effects of chemotherapy. Improved survival rates of humans getting chemotherapy for breast, stomach, rectal cancers




Fatigue / Depression


None reported




Cholesterol


None reported




Blood Sugar


Lowered blood sugar, improve insulin resistance




Athletic Endurance


Improve exercise performance, reduce fatigue.




Inflammation


Decrease inflammation




Memory / Concentration


None reported




Antimicrobial


Improved gut health, increase pre-biotics, combat HPV, inhibit growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enterica.




Other Benefits


None reported





Cordyceps

Enhance Immune System


Bidirectional immuno-modulator with both enhancing and suppressive effects on the immune system through regulating innate and adaptive immunity




Anti Cancer


Inhibit growth of lung, colon, skin and liver cancer cells. Anti-tumor effects on lymphoma, melanoma and lung cancer. Reverse side effects of chemotherapy like Leukopenia.




Fatigue / Depression


Decrease fatigue




Cholesterol


Decrease LDL cholesterol, Decrease triglycerides




Blood Sugar


Lowered blood sugar




Athletic Endurance


Increased V02 max. Increased levels of ATP, Improved endurance, increased peak power, improved time to exhaustion




Inflammation


Decrease inflammation in airways of mice, decrease skin inflammation when applied topically




Memory / Concentration


Improved memory




Antimicrobial


None reported




Other Benefits


Increase libido and sexual function, lengthened lives in animal studies, Decrease heart arrhythmia in rats





Agaricus Blazei

Enhance Immune System


Activates white blood cells such as macrophages, dendritic cells, granulocytes and natural killer cells. Immunoregulator. Down regulates over-active immune response.




Anti Cancer


Increase cell death of cancer cells including multiple myeloma, leukemia, fibrosarcoma, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer. Prevent growth of fibrosarcoma and myeloma tumors, and reduce the size of prostate tumors in animal and test-tube studies.




Fatigue / Depression


None reported




Cholesterol


None reported




Blood Sugar


Lower blood sugar by decreasing inflammatory stress on pancreas




Athletic Endurance


None reported




Inflammation


Decrease inflammation in Crone’s disease and inflammatory disease. Decrease liver enzymes in people with chronic Hep B.




Memory / Concentration


None reported




Antimicrobial


None reported




Other Benefits


None reported





Lion's Mane

Enhance Immune System


Increase intestinal immune system




Anti Cancer


Reduced spread of colon cancer in mice. Slower tumor growth in mice.




Fatigue / Depression


No fatigue benefits reported. See under memory for depression benefits.




Cholesterol


Lower triglycerides, assist with weight loss




Blood Sugar


Decrease blood sugar levels. Decrease diabetic nerve pain.




Athletic Endurance


None reported.




Inflammation


Decrease inflammation. Decrease inflammation in intestines. Inhibit growth H. Pylori in stomach. Improved symptoms of ulcerative colitis in humans




Memory / Concentration


Contain hericenones and erinacines that stimulate growth of brain cells, prevent neuronal damage caused by amyloid-beta plaques, Improved mental function in older adults with mild cognitive disfunction. Decrease depression, anxiety. Speed repair of nerve system injuries. Decreased brain injury from stroke in rat studies.




Antimicrobial


None reported




Other Benefits


None reported





Chaga

Enhance Immune System


Reduced DNA damage caused by H2O2 in human lymphocytes. increased the production of IL-6 and lymphocyte B cells in mice,




Anti Cancer


Reduced tumor size by 60% and prevented cancer from spreading in mice with lung cancer, In cell-based studies, reduced the growth of several cancer cell types, including colon, liver, lung, leukemia, cervical, and brain cancer cells, but not of healthy cells.




Fatigue / Depression


None reported.




Cholesterol


None reported




Blood Sugar


Diabetic mice, significantly decreased blood glucose, insulin, and fat levels, decreases insulin resistance




Athletic Endurance


May increase exercise tolerance, decreased blood urea nitrogen levels.




Inflammation


Reduced inflammation in mice with IBD by suppressing cytokines (TNF-alpha and IL-1beta) and messengers (nitric oxide, lowered NF-kappaB binding activity.




Memory / Concentration


Restored the levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that promotes learning and memory.




Antimicrobial


Killed bacterial and fungal cells in cell culture. prevented the following viruses from infecting cells and replicating: •HIV •Herpes simplex •Epstein-Barr •Hepatitis C




Other Benefits


Highest anti-oxidant content of many mushrooms.





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