Agaricus Blazei, the Healing Mushroom of the Gods Tasha Shayne March 21, 5 min read Indigenous cultures have, for millennia, included fungi in their diets and medicinal foods. Modern science is just beginning to catch up to their powerful potential. Like other potent plant healers, mushrooms are multidimensional and complex sources of nutrients that work holistically, rather than pharmacologically. Alternative medicine has experienced so much success in its employ of mushrooms to cope with an array of ailments that, at long last, modern medicine has taken notice and has funded a series of promising studies.
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Agaricus Blazei, the Healing Mushroom of the Gods Tasha Shayne March 21, 5 min read Indigenous cultures have, for millennia, included fungi in their diets and medicinal foods.
Modern science is just beginning to catch up to their powerful potential. Like other potent plant healers, mushrooms are multidimensional and complex sources of nutrients that work holistically, rather than pharmacologically. Alternative medicine has experienced so much success in its employ of mushrooms to cope with an array of ailments that, at long last, modern medicine has taken notice and has funded a series of promising studies.
Now traditional oncologists and alternative practitioners alike have found success with mushrooms in patients battling cancer. Of the myriad mushroom species commonly used in traditional medicine, the Agaricus blazei has recently been the subject of numerous trials. Native to the Brazilian rainforest, the Agaricus blazei Murill has been used by traditional healers against cancer, infections, allergies, and a host of other maladies.
When researchers began investigating this unique species, they found the mushroom to be high in immunomodulating substances that not only served to strengthen the immune system, but also induced apoptosis cell suicide in cancerous cells. Apoptosis is the lynchpin in cancer research, because without cell death, cancer cells continue to replicate out of control. When the effects of Agaricus blazei were studied in mouse subjects, it was found that the mushroom successfully targeted fibrosarcoma, myeloma, ovarian, lung, and prostate cancer.
In human subjects, it was also found to be effective against gynecological cancer and leukemia. In the mids, Agaricus blazei spores were taken to Japan and researched for their medicinal properties — namely their ability to fight cancer and infection. Studies on guinea pigs resulted in promising anti-tumor properties, to the extent that the Japanese began farming the mushroom and selling it on the international market. In subsequent studies, researchers successfully isolated various extracts of the mushroom, leading them to identify its polysaccharide content as the main tumor-fighting component.
While plenty of plants boast high levels of polysaccharides, Japanese studies show that the Agaricus blazei has a stronger antitumor activity than other medicinal mushrooms lauded for their cancer-fighting characteristics. One study demonstrated that a low-molecular weight polysaccharide found in Agaricus blazei was able to significantly slow, and even decrease, the spread of metastatic cells in models.
When used as an aid to patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments, Agaricus blazei has been found to be a powerful adjunctive therapy for reducing side effects. Along with numerous accounts of anecdotal evidence given by oncologists, veterinarians, and patients, a clinical report from South Korea confirmed that the mushroom dispels, or at least dramatically reduces, the side effects of chemotherapy.
Agaricus blazei has also been found to offer significant support to radiation treatment, which work by indiscriminately destroying both good and rogue body cells in the cancerous region. Due to its immune-boosting function, the mushroom works to produce the natural killer cells NK that chemotherapy and radiation commonly destroy.
Agaricus blazei Murill is one of a growing number of ancient plants that hold the key to addressing many of our most common maladies. Keep Reading.
Agaricus Blazei, the Healing Mushroom of the Gods
This species is also synonymous with several other scientific names, including Agaricus subrufescens, Agaricus brasiliensis, and Agaricus rufotegulis. Some of those scientific names also describe other species of mushroom which can occasionally cause confusion. The mushroom was originally discovered and described from North America and Canada, but it has since been discovered in many areas spanning the northern hemisphere, and it has also been found in Brazil and Australia in the southern hemisphere. The mushroom varies in size, ranging anywhere from inches in diameter, and it only grows a few inches from the ground at most. The cap itself can also vary in color, appearing as a dull gray to a deep reddish brown. Many say that the mushroom has a very pleasing flavor and scent that is reminiscent of almonds.
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