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.
What have Mushrooms been reported and shown to do?
Promotes Normalized Cellular Growth*
Supports Immune Function*
Supports the Body’s Normal Detoxification Processes*
Promotes Optimal Digestion*
Supports a Healthy Gut Flora*
Protects your Body Against Environmental Stresses*
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
How do 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.
Turkey Tail Mushrooms
Powerful Immune System Booster
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 . . .
Infections and inflammations of the upper respiratory tract*
Infections of the urinary tract*
Infections and irritations of the digestive tract*
General lack of energy and malaise*
These 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.*
Polysaccharide-P (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.*
Both 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
Undoubtedly 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
Stamets’ mother tried the mushrooms (along with the drug Ariceptin). Fast
forward 7 months later… Paul declared, “As of February 2010, she was
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
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
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 cancers.”
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 toxicity and side effects that are so common with
more traditional treatments.*
FDA Approves Bastyr Turkey Tail Trial for Cancer Patients
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 ( Trametes versicolor ) can help cancer patients
boost their immune systems during chemotherapy.
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 investigator
Leanna J. Standish, PhD, ND
, LAc, FABNO, medical director of the
Bastyr 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 U.S."
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.
That study was published
recently in the peer-reviewed journal ISRN Oncology.
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 trial."
Huffington Post: Turkey Tail Mushrooms Help Immune System Fight Cancer
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