BioResearch Update introduces medicinal mushrooms.
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Chemotherapy is currently one of the most common therapeutic options for cancer patients despite the poor efficacy with considerable side effects. We then examined if D-fraction (DF), a bioactive mushroom extract, could potentiate (poor) anticancer effects of those drugs in vitro. Three urologic cancers, prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers, were tested with various chemotherapeutic drugs and their combinations with DF. Compared to individual drugs alone, combinations of drugs and DF have improved anticancer activity, resulting in the...read more
Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) Maitake is an edible and medicinal mushroom grows in the northern part of the Temperate Zone in the Northern Hemisphere found in Japan, China, Europe and North America. Wild Maitake can be harvested in September and October. It forms large hands, mainly near the roots of big fagaceous trees such as white oak, beech, and tanbark oak. It grows in persimmon, plum, apricot, Prunus ume and oak trees. It invades the core of these trees. It decomposes lignin and leaves the cellulose, which is the cause of so-called...read more
Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) The brain tonic, Go beyond ginkgo. Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a mushroom with long cascading tendrils, hence the name. It is also known as “bear’s head,” “monkey’s head,” “hedgehog fungus,” and “Hou Tou Gu” in Chinese. Recent studies support its traditional use for promoting healthy digestive and immune system functions. However, more promising is its ability to stimulate synthesis of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which...read more
Cordyceps Mushroom (Cordyceps sinensis) Stamina, Endurance and Sex Drive Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) is a special mushroom that can only be found in the mountains more than 12,000 feet above sea level in the southwestern areas of China and Nepal. Cordyceps is regarded as one of the most valuable and expensive herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. They say that, in ancient China, Cordyceps was taken as an elixir of life and only the imperial family could afford it. In 1993, women track athletes from China astonished the world as they broke...read more
Reishi Mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) Elixir of Immortality. Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), also known as “Ling Zhi” in China, “Mannen-take” in Japan and “Young Zhi” in Korea, is one of the most famous medicinal mushrooms in the world. Reishi has been prized as the “Mushroom of Immortality” for thousands of years. During the last two decades, researchers have found various bioactive constituents in Reishi which have a wide range of actions, including boosting immune function; anti-viral and...read more