Mushrooms are a Super-food
Bob Dozor MD
Mushrooms are edible fungus. They provide a range of antioxidants and other nutrients that may contribute to heart health and protect the body from cancer, among other benefits. They may enhance immunity to Covid 19, the Flu and other viruses!
Mushrooms contain a nice portfolio of nutrients that are good for everyone, and in particular are eaten as a meat substitute by many vegetarians and vegans (but stay tuned - they have some extra special nutrients too.)
The healing and immunostimulating properties of mushrooms have been known for thousands of years in the Eastern countries. These mushrooms contain biologically active polysaccharides that mostly belong to group of beta-glucans. These substances increase host immune defense by activating complement system, enhancing macrophages and natural killer cell function...
They can prevent oncogenesis due to the protective effect against potent genotoxic carcinogens. As immunostimulating agent, which acts through the activation of macrophages and NK cell cytotoxicity, beta-glucan can inhibit tumor growth in promotion stage too. Anti-angiogenesis can be one of the pathways through which beta-glucans can reduce tumor proliferation, prevent tumor metastasis. beta-Glucan as adjuvant to cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy demonstrated the positive role in the restoration of hematopoiesis following by bone marrow injury.
Beta-glucan content in cultivated mushrooms
I am often asked about the adaptogenic mushrooms such as Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Chaga, Reishi and Lion’s Mane. I think they are harmless, but scientifically unproven. The culinary mushrooms I’ve written about in this blog, however, have substantial scientific evidence, are not very expensive, and taste divine.