Vitamins Mushroom Defense Mix - Max Mushroom Wellness - Immune Defense Scientific Immunity Formula
Scientific research is proving that some of the most
powerful immune-supportive nutrients are found in mushrooms. People who realize
the critical importance of optimizing immune function should seriously consider
adding our advanced mushroom complex to their daily regimen.
A focus on immune support can pay tremendous dividends for
your entire life. If you are dedicated to good health, you want a powerful
formula on your side. LifeSource Vitamins is proud to bring you an unparalleled immune formula:
Mushroom Defense Mix -Max Mushroom Wellness - Immune Defense!
LifeSource Vitamins Mushroom Defense Mix - Max Mushroom Wellness is a unique combination of 8 different mushroom grown organically to provide a wide spectrum of health benefits. The mushrooms are specifically selected to complement each other in supporting the immune system, cell function and endurance.
8 Mushrooms in one Formula
- King Trumpet
- Turkey Tail
- Lions Mane
- Antrodia Camphorata
A Clean and Pure Mushroom Complex
What have Mushrooms been reported and shown to do?
- Promotes Normalized Cellular Growth*
- Supports Immune Function*
- Supports the Body’s Normal Detoxification
- Promotes Optimal Digestion*
- Supports a Healthy Gut Flora*
- Protects your Body Against Environmental
Mushrooms have been valued for their medicinal properties
for five millennia, and the ability of mushrooms to modulate immune functions
has been scientifically researched for about 50 years. Numerous studies have
shown that mushrooms possess potent immune-stimulating properties. And unlike
many immune support ingredients, mushrooms are ideal for everyday immune
support. The beta-glucans from mushrooms bind to receptors on immune cells such
as macrophages. The beta-glucans are recognized by the immune system as
“foreign” molecules thus stimulating and activating the immune system by their
presence. The different structures of the various beta-glucans have different
affinities to different receptor sites, and thus generate markedly different
results. This creates a broad-based immune response.*
Mushroom Supplements work?
Mushroom Supplements belong to a class of immunomodulators
known as biological response modifiers which are capable of stimulating immune
functions. Mushrooms enhance the cellular immune function and stimulate
immunity in the body generally, to help maintain a correct balance between
cellular and humoral immunity.
Mushroom Supplements have been used in China for about
3,000 years, and the purified extract of Mushroom Supplements has been widely
used in Japan for nearly 40 years. There have been over 300 studies conducted
worldwide with numerous published clinical trials. This mushroom is listed as a
dietary supplement in American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
King Trumpet – King Oyster Mushrooms
King Trumpet - (Pleurotus eryngii), also
known as king oyster, is an edible mushroom native to regions of Europe, the
Middle East, and North Africa but also commercially grown in Japan and the
United States. The largest species of the oyster mushroom, it has a thick white
stem and a small tan cap and is known for its robust, somewhat earthy flavor
and more meaty texture.
King Trumpet - contains high amounts of
ergothioneine, a naturally occurring antioxidant amino acid. L-ergothioneine
has a very high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity value and is concentrated in
organs exposed to high oxidative stress (eg, kidneys, liver, eyes).1
Antioxidants such as L-ergothioneine may help reduce the risk of chronic
disease by providing cellular protection against free radical damage.
Investigations with supplemental L-ergothioneine in rats demonstrated
protection against induced lipid peroxidation of the liver and kidneys and also
conserved the consumption of endogenous glutathione and alpha-tocopherol.2*
King Trumpet - While all mushrooms contain
some ergothioneine, specialty mushrooms such as king trumpet and maitake
contain higher amounts than shiitake or white button varieties; a standard 3-oz
serving can contain up to 13 mg. As with most phytochemicals, ergothioneine
levels do not decrease during cooking.
King Trumpet - also contains statins such as
lovastatin, which has been shown to significantly reduce cholesterol levels in
rats.3. In a small clinical study, 30
subjects with diabetes ingested oyster mushrooms over a 21-day rotation
period.4 Subjects demonstrated significant reductions in total cholesterol,
triglyceride, and glucose levels. Beta-glucans found in many mushrooms may also
have a lipid-lowering effect.*
King Trumpet - In the produce aisle,
mushrooms are the leading source of the essential antioxidant selenium. The
king trumpet mushroom has the ability to extract and concentrate high levels of
selenium from its environment.5 The selenium in mushroom tissue is organically
bound and much easier to absorb than inorganic selenium in most dietary
What Are the Health
Benefits of Cordyceps?
The evidence that Cordyceps can boost exercise performance is
somewhat limited. Researchers at Brigham Young University studied the
effects of Cordyceps on endurance-trained cyclists. They concluded that the
fungus does not increase aerobic capacity or exercise performance.
However, there are
several other health claims linked to Cordyceps. Let’s look at a few of the
Cordyceps - Reduces Inflammation
Scientists at the University of Nottingham in Britain have been
researching the potential of Cordyceps to reduce inflammation. While their
research shows the fungus is effective at reducing inflammation at the cellular
level, it has not been tested on humans or animals.*
Cordyceps - Protects the Heart
A number of research
studies show that Cordyceps has potential for treating heart disease. It is
approved in China to treat arrhythmia. Talk to your doctor before you consider
taking a supplement for any condition.*
Cordyceps - Slows Kidney Disease
In a 2011 study, researchers at Zhejiang University found that
Cordyceps cicadae “may inhibit renal fibrosis” in rats. Renal fibrosis is a
condition found in the later stages of kidney disease. Further study is needed.
Cordyceps - Slows Tumor Growth
A number of studies on
animals indicate that Cordyceps may slow the growth of tumors from certain
types of cancer. One theory is that it can stimulate the immune system to fight
the cancer. No human testing has been done.*
Cordyceps - Revs Up Libido
Several studies show
that Cordyceps increases testosterone in rats, but there are no credible human
trials that indicate the fungus enhances libido or sexual performance.*
Turkey Tail Mushrooms
Powerful Immune System
Of course, Turkey Tail mushrooms can do wonders
for anyone’s immune system, even individuals who are already in good health.
Some of the many conditions Turkey Tail mushrooms can improve and eliminate are
. . .
inflammations of the upper respiratory tract*
Infections of the
irritations of the digestive tract*
General lack of energy
properties have been attributed to two polysaccharides, polysaccharide-K (PSK),
also known as krestin, and polysaccharide-P (PSP). The Japanese government
approved the use of PSK in the 1980s for treating several types of cancers, and
it is currently used along with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. PSK was
shown to significantly extend survival at five years or beyond in cancers of
the stomach, colon/rectum, esophagus, nasopharynx and lung (non-small cell
types) in Japanese trials since 1970.*
(PSP) was discovered more recently and has been studied mainly in China. In
double-blind trials, PSP significantly extended five-year survival in
esophageal cancer patients. PSP significantly improved quality of life,
provided substantial pain relief and enhanced immune status in 70-97 percent of
patients with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, lung, ovaries and cervix.*
PSK and PSP boosted immune cell production and alleviated chemotherapy
symptoms. Research indicates that PSP may slow the growth of certain tumors and
help protect the immune system, particularly from the effects of cancer
the most well-known and highly valued fungi-derived medicine is the life-saving
antibiotic penicillin. But other fungi are highly medicinal as well, as Paul
Stamets learned firsthand.*
In June of 2009, Stamets received shocking and
distressing news from his mother: her right breast was 5 times the size of her
left, due to 6 walnut-sized lymph nodes. The swelling and the enlarged nodes
turned out to be caused by cancer. By the time of her examination and
diagnosis, Stamets’ mother already had stage IV breast cancer, and it had
already metastasized to her liver.*
The oncologist at the Swedish Breast Cancer
Clinic at the University of Washington said that Stamets’ mother had the second
worst case of breast cancer she’d seen in 20 years of practice. After
predicting that Stamets’ mother had only 3 to 6 months to live, the oncologist
told both mother and son about an intriguing new study using Turkey Tail
mushrooms to cure cancer.*
Stamets’ mother tried the mushrooms (along with
the drug Ariceptin). Fast forward 7 months later… Paul declared, “As of
February 2010, she was virtually cancer-free”.
Turkey Tail - Cancer-Killing PSK
Stamets is not the only one interested in
discovering what Turkey Tail
mushrooms can bring to the fight against cancer. Turkey Tail mushrooms are actually one of the
most researched and highly regarded medicinal mushrooms. They have a very long
history of curative and medicinal use in China and Japan, where they are known
as Yun Zhi or Kawaratake.
Turkey Tail mushrooms offer a long list of
medicinal properties and health benefits, but they are most prized as a natural
source of the anti-cancer polysaccharide PSK.*
PSK is said to fight cancer and halt tumors by
inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and “stimulating a host mediated
response.” PSK also promotes the body’s own “Natural Killer Cells” to
strengthen and kick start the
PSK is frequently combined with chemotherapy to
increase cancer survival rates.*
Turkey Tail - A $2.25 Million NIH Study Confirms Turkey Tail
Mushrooms’ Power Against Breast Cancer
Recently, the National Institute of Health (NIH)
approved a $2.25 million-dollar study conducted jointly with Bastyr University,
the University of Minnesota, and the University of Washington. Researchers
analyzed the impact of Turkey Tail mushrooms on the immune systems of patients
with breast cancer.
Dr. Cynthia Wenner is one of the principal
investigators on the NIH study. In an interview with Bastyr University’s Bastyr
Magazine, she said, “As an overall goal, we’re trying to discover if this
mushroom will help stimulate the human immune response to breast and prostate
The study — which used mushrooms provided by
Stamets’ company, Fungi Perfecti, LLC — confirmed that the mushrooms definitely
stimulate the immune system and can even correct deficits in the immune systems
of patients, all without the toxicity and side effects that are so common with
more traditional treatments.*
The maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa) grows in clusters
at the base of trees (particularly oaks) and is native to the northeastern part
of Japan and North America. Valued in traditional Chinese and Japanese
botanical medicine as an aid to balance organ function, the mushroom is
commonly known as “hen of the woods” in English; in the Asian market, its
Japanese name maitake means “dancing mushroom.”
Maitake - is especially high in
antioxidants such as ascorbic acid, tocopherols, phenolic compounds,
carotenoids, and L-ergothioneine. It contains complex polysaccharides, which
act as immunomodulators and possess antitumor activity. In 2009, a phase 1/2
clinical trial conducted by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center showed that
maitake could stimulate the immune systems of patients with breast cancer. The
beta-D-glucan polysaccharides present in maitake have been studied as a
potential aid for preventing and treating cancer and as an adjunctive treatment
for HIV infection.6 Preliminary research suggests that maitake mushroom
extracts can prevent the metastasis of experimentally induced tumors as well as
prevent tumor occurrence in normal cells.7*
Additionally, preliminary clinical evidence suggests that
maitake mushroom polysaccharides may lower blood glucose in people with type 2
diabetes, possibly by activating insulin receptors.8 Research in rats suggests
that maitake mushroom can lower blood pressure and improve lipid profiles in
Maitake - also known as hen of the
woods, is a large mushroom native to Japan, North America and Europe. Often
found growing in clumps around the base of oak trees, maitake can reach a
weight of 50 pounds. Scientific study shows the extract of this highly prized
edible mushroom may have potential benefits for cholesterol and blood sugar
levels, immune function and cancer treatment and prevention.*
Maitake - Cholesterol
Preliminary evidence shows that maitake may help lower cholesterol
levels, notes CoxHealth Medical Center. A study on laboratory animals published
in the October 2011 issue of the "Journal of Agriculture and Food
Chemistry" found that four weeks of supplementation with maitake mushroom
extract lowered liver cholesterol levels. Researchers concluded that maitake
exerted its effects at the genetic level by increasing activity of genes in the
liver that promote lipid transport. By contrast, Hypsizigus marmoreus, or beech
mushroom, another mushroom tested in the study, did not show
Maitake - Blood Sugar
Maitake may help manage blood sugar levels and prevent
diabetes, according to a study published in the April 2007 issue of the
"Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology." A polysaccharide molecule in
maitake, called MT-alpha-glucan, decreased fasting blood sugar and insulin
levels and increased levels of glycogen, a short-term storage form of glucose,
in the liver. Maitake also increased the ability of insulin to bind to liver
cells and improved pancreatic function. Researchers concluded that maitake may
be useful for prevention and management of diabetes by decreasing insulin
Maitake - Immune Function
Immune benefits of maitake extract include modulation of
cytokines, molecules produced by white blood cells that activate the immune
response, according to the University of Wisconsin Botany Department. Maitake
exerts its effects by binding to the cell membranes of white blood cells known
as macrophages and either activating or inhibiting release of cytokines. A
study published in the summer of 2004 issue of the "Journal of Medicinal
Food" found that D-fraction, a polysaccharide extract of maitake,
activated several types of immune cells and molecules, including T-helper
cells, macrophages and interleukins. Researchers concluded that maitake may
offer immune benefits that help protect against infection.*
Maitake - Cancer
Maitake D-fraction may inhibit cancer development and
spread and also make chemotherapy drugs more effective, according to Dr. Shari
Lieberman, author of the book "Maitake Mushroom and D-Fraction." A
study published in the June 2011 issue of the "Journal of Medicinal
Food" found that maitake D-fraction promotes apoptosis -- programmed cell
death -- in breast cancer cells. Maitake extract interfered with energy
production in cancer cells, a discovery which, researchers note, will help
scientists target potential cancer prevention and treatment approaches.*
Native to North America, China, and Japan, the reishi mushroom
(Ganoderma lucidum) has a purple-brown color with a long stalk and distinctive
shiny cap shaped like a fan. Prized for its purported health benefits rather
than its strong flavor, it grows on plum and oak trees. The reishi mushroom has
traditionally been used for enhancing the immune system and addressing
hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease, and asthma and bronchial
Reishi occurs in six different colors, but the red variety
is most commonly used and commercially cultivated in East Asia and North
America. In vivo and in vitro studies have identified the active components of
reishi mushrooms are primarily polysaccharides, including beta-glucans and
triterpenes, and seem to have a variety of pharmacological effects, including antioxidant,
antitumor, immune-modulating, cardiovascular, antiviral, and antibacterial.*
Here is a list of the benefits that reishi mushrooms have as a
daily dietary supplement or in helping to treat certain medical conditions:
· Reishi - These mushrooms are very strong
antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from the negative effects of free
radicals that are formed inside the body by daily exposure to the sun,
chemicals, and pollutants. Reishi’s are proven to boost the immune system, especially
when taken with other antioxidant supplements.*
· Reishi - It is believed that reishi mushrooms can
suppress the growth of tumors in
people with cancer. It can
reinforce the membranes in cancerous cells to keep the tumor from spreading.
For this reason, they are often used in efforts to prevent cancers.*
· Reishi’s - are
also beneficial for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory
conditions because it seems to have a healing effect on the lungs. They are
good for building respiratory strength and curbing a cough.*
· Reishi mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties and
are therefore used sometimes for patients who have Alzheimer’s and heart
disease. This is based on the idea that inflammation plays a part in each of
these conditions. The pain that accompanies other inflammatory conditions like
neuralgia and arthritis may also be lessened by reishi mushroom supplements.*
· Reishi - As far as benefits for the heart, reishi
mushrooms can improve the flow of blood to the heart and reduce the amount of
oxygen the heart consumes. It can help to lower cholesterol and some of the
ingredients may help combat high blood pressure.*
Himematsutake (Agaricus Blazei) Mushrooms
The Many Health Benefits of Himematsutake Mushrooms
It is believed that Himematsutake (Agaricus Blazei) and
most specifically H1X1 will be able to help a very wide range of health
concerns. The following is a partial list of the health concerns that H1X1 is
likely to help:
organs in the circulatory system*
digestive system and various gastric problems*
respiratory system disorders, allergies, asthma etc*
- A wide
variety of types of cancer*
immunity deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and much more*
Himematsutake - Researchers
are in the process of increasing the list of conditions that these mushroom
extracts can help. Here are just a few results to illustrate the potential of
the Agaricus Blazei extract and the more powerful H1X1. One of the top health
concerns is a variety of cancers, so here are results on research pertaining to
cancer cell growth. The studies showed Abnormal Tissue Formation/Cellular
Health Growth Inhibited in vitro and in vivo for each of the following types of
Himematsutake - The
animal and cellular research that has been done over the years shows an ability
of the Agaricus Blazei Mushroom to stimulate the body’s immune system so that
it can fight disease. The 2008 research by Hetland G, Johnson E, Lyberg T, Bernardshaw
S, Tryggestad AM, and Grinde B in "Effects of the medicinal mushroom
Agaricusblazei Murill on immunity, infection and cancer" do confirm this
Himematsutake - Further
research confirms the ability of the Agaricus Blazei mushroom to lower blood
cholesterol, inhibit the negative effects of pathogens and also deter
angiogenesis. Other animal and clinical research indicates that the mushroom
can lower blood sugar and control insulin.
Himematsutake - A lot
of animal and cellular research has been done on Agaricus Blazei to see its
effect on cancer cells. For colorectal and Gynecological cancers, clinical
results were positive. This means there were signs of improvement in quality of
life. In cases of Sarcoma, Ovarian cancer, Lung cancer, Leukemia,
Hepatocarcinoma, Stomach cancer and prostate cancer, metastasis was inhibited.
So whereas cancer was not entirely wiped out, at least its growth was impeded.*
Himematsutake - The
October 2008 report by Yu CH, Kan SF, Shu CH, Lu TJ, Sun-Hwang L and Wang PS:
"Inhibitory mechanisms of Agaricusblazei Murill on the growth of prostate
cancer in vitro and in vivo" affirms these powers of the Agaricus Blazei
Himematsutake - This
species has been popularly known to have healing properties. What has not been
shown empirically is the composition of the mushroom and what it can
specifically do medically. The authorities below show the results of extensive
research as reported by the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology.
Himematsutake - The
main body of the Agaricus Blazei Mushroom which is the fructification body of
the mushroom has 85-87% of water. Once the water is gone and the mushroom is
dry, what remains is a protein rich fungus with 40-45% of protein. The
carbohydrates form 38-45%. The fibers are 6-8% and the plant fats make up 3-4%.
This mushroom also contains vitamins B1, B2 and niacin. It also contains a
fungal sterol, ergosterol, which is convertible to vitamin D2. This mushroom
also contains minerals but the most significant one is Potassium.
Himematsutake - Research
has shown that the richness in the Agaricus Blazei Mushroom makes it capable of
curbing stress-physical and mental; slow down the advancement of osteoporosis;
cure gastric ulcers; as it stimulates the immunity of the body and lowers
cholesterol. The mushroom is able to curtail the cytopathic impact of the
Western Equine Encephalitis Virus because of its antioxidant, anti-mutagenic
and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Lion's Mane Mushroom
LifeSource Vitamins Hericium erinaceus Capsules, also known
as Lion's Mane and Monkey’s Head mushrooms, has a long history of use
throughout Asia and is one of the staples of Traditional Chinese Medicine
(TCM). LifeSource now produces the pure and most potent Hericium erinaceus,
using only certified organic growth medium in a state of the art 21st century
proprietary solid state fermentation process.*
This results in Hericium that is pure, with no heavy metals, pesticides or herbicides or other
contamination, as can be found in wild or farm grown Hericium. LifeSource
Vitamins Hericium is 100% Pure Hericium erinaceus, with no fillers or
additives, Made with Organic Hericium erinaceus, 100% Made in America in an FDA
registered facility with only American Ingredients, and it contains NO Chinese
or other imported ingredients.
Lion's Mane Mushroom Facts:
species has many names including the bearded tooth mushroom and the pom pom
mushroom. It is sometimes called the hedgehog mushroom, although that name
usually refers to a different species altogether, Hydnum repandum.
species of Hericium are considered saprotrophs, meaning they feed on dead
material. Hericium erinaceus is also a parasite, meaning it attacks and kills
found in late summer to fall on dead or dying hardwood trees, especially oak
and beech. They grow in North America, China, Japan, and Europe.
doesn't look like your typical mushroom. It has no real cap and no stem.
Instead it sports long spines (greater than 1 cm) coming out from a single
color is mainly white, although they become brown or yellow with age. Their
spore print is white as well.
is not a common species of mushroom, so finding one may be a rare treat. They
grow higher up on trees rather than at the base, which means that they're also
often missed during a mushroom hunt.
are several species in the Hericium genus that are referred to as "lion's
mane" in North America. This article is specifically about Hericium erinaceus,
but you may also hear about these types of mushrooms:
Antrodia Camphorata - Niu
Known Active Constituents:
Indication & Purported Uses:
• Blood circulation improvement*
• Hepato-protection (liver protection)*
• Immunity enhancement*
• Treatment of alcohol induced hepatitis*
Niu Chang Chih - This
native Taiwanese mushroom is becoming better known in the West due to its
exceptionally high concentration of its triterpenoid compounds. Other important
bioactive compounds include polysaccharides, maleic/succinic acid derivatives,
benzenoids and benzoquinone derivatives.
Niu Chang Chih - In the
wild A. camphorata only grows the tree "Cinnamomum Kanehirai", a
species of cinnamon that grows at between 450m and 2,000m in the mountains of
Taiwan. Due to over farming of the trees, they are now protected by the
Niu Chang Chih - has a
wide range of traditional indications, including alcohol intoxication, cancer,
hypertension, fatigue, viral infection and liver disease.
Niu Chang Chih - Experts
in Pharmacology and Medical Sciences have studied anti-oxidative and hepato-protective
(liver protecting) effects of Antrodia Camphorata extract, and clinical
application of Antrodia Camphorata Carpophore Extract in cancer patients,
asthma sufferers, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and cardiovascular
disease, with promising results.
Niu Chang Chih - In
Traditional Taiwanese Medicine, Antrodia Camphorata is commonly used as an
anti-cancer, anti-itching, anti-allergy, and liver protective drug. Scientific
research has also shown that the mushroom can be useful in the treatment of
diabetes, cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, hepatitis, and many
types of cancers including liver, lung, cervical, colon, and breast cancers and
also leukemia and adenoma.
Niu Chang Chih - has a
wide range of traditional indications, including alcohol intoxication, cancer,
hypertension, fatigue, viral infection and liver disease.
Niu Chang Chih - Experts
in Pharmacology and Medical Sciences have studied anti-oxidative and hepato-protective
effects of Antrodia camphorata extract, clinical application of Antrodia
camphorata Carpophore Extract in cancer patients, asthma, systemic lupus
erythematosus (SLE), and cardiovascular disease.
Niu Chang Chih - In
Traditional Taiwanese Medicine, Antrodia is commonly used as an anti-cancer,
anti-itching, anti-allergy, and liver protective drug. Scientific research has
also shown that the mushroom can be useful in the treatment of diabetes,
cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, hepatitis, and many types of
cancers including liver, lung, cervical, colon, and breast cancers and also
leukemia and adenoma.
Niu Chang Chih - Recent
research from Taiwan has shown that Antrodia camphorata crude extract (ACCE)
does indeed have strong activity against prostate, breast and bladder cancer.
Kuan-Chou Chen et al. (2007) found that it inhibits prostate cancer cells and
concluded that Antrodia camphorata due to its nontoxicity, might be used as a
good adjuvant anticancer therapy for prostate cancers. Chiumg-Chi Peng et al.
(2007) found that ACCE showed rather significant inhibitory effects on the
growth and proliferation of invasive transitional bladder cell carcinomas
cells. You-Cheng Hsu et al. (2006) reported that Antrodia exerts growth
inhibition on highly-invasive estrogen-nonresponsive human breast cancer cells
through apoptosis induction associated with COX-2 inhibition. Chen, Kuan-Chou
et al. 2007. Unique Formosan mushroom Antrodia camphorata differentially
inhibits androgen-responsive LNCaP and independent PC-3 prostate cancer cell.
Nutrition and Cancer 57(1): 111-121.
FDA Approves Bastyr Turkey Tail Trial for Cancer
Researchers study how a traditional Chinese mushroom helps
cancer patients strengthen their immune systems in a $5.4 million
It's been brewed for
thousands of years as a Chinese medicinal tea. Now Bastyr University
researchers are closer to discovering whether the turkey tail mushroom (
) can help cancer patients boost their immune systems during
Turkey tail, named for
its colorful stripes, is the humble fungus at the center of a $5.4 million
collaboration between Bastyr, the University of Washington and others, funded
by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mushroom grows widely in
forests around the world, but its health potential has never been fully measured
in scientific trials.
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) recently approved a clinical trial for a turkey tail
extract, allowing patients with advanced prostate cancer to take it in
combination with conventional chemotherapy. Another trial pending FDA approval
will test the effects of taking the extract along with a vaccine treatment in
women with breast cancer. These will help researchers gather safety data and
continue their development of potentially transformative cancer therapy.
"We didn't discover turkey tail," says lead
Leanna J. Standish, PhD, ND, LAc, FABNO, medical director of
Integrative Oncology Research Center
. "It's been used in Asia for thousands and thousands of
years, and it turns out to be a really potent immune therapy. The significance,
I think, is that we're bringing a new medicine to cancer patients in the
Previous research by Bastyr and the University of Minnesota
found a turkey tail supplement may support conventional breast cancer therapies
by strengthening a patient's immune system.
study was published
recently in the
Now that researchers have approval from the FDA, they plan
to begin prostate cancer clinical trials in early 2013. The ultimate goal is to
develop a cancer therapy without the debilitating side effects of
"One of the things chemotherapy does is suppress the
immune system, so our question is whether patients taking the extract can
maintain healthier immune function," says Masa Sasagawa, ND, a senior
project manager at the Bastyr University Research Institute.
Study participants recruited at the Seattle Cancer Care
Alliance will take oral doses of a Japanese turkey tail extract along with
docetaxel chemotherapy. Others will take a placebo and chemotherapy. Along with
determining safety, lab researchers will measure the levels and activity of
natural killer (NK) cells and other immune cells, which protect the body from
tumors and viruses. NK cell counts and activity typically plummet after
chemotherapy, leaving the body vulnerable to new diseases.
"Our hope is that docetaxel plus the turkey tail
extract can create a strong enough immune response to lead to significant tumor
regression," says lead investigator Cynthia A. Wenner, PhD, a Bastyr
research associate professor. "That's what happened in our previous mouse
Huffington Post: Turkey Tail Mushrooms
Help Immune System Fight Cancer
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