MUSHROOMS PREVENTS CANCER
Nature produces a vast diversity of biologically active substances, which possess enormous therapeutic potential. Medicinal value of mushrooms has been explored by mankind for treatment of various diseases including cancer. The chemical nature and mechanisms of action of their biomedical capacity is being studied intensively in recent years. Various studies demonstrate the complex and multilevel nature of their anticancer potential.
Mushrooms- high in antioxidants: Antioxidants are chemicals that get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can harm a person’s body cells, potentially leading to cancer.
Breast and Prostate cancer:
Mushrooms are very effective in preventing breast and prostate cancer due to the significant presence of beta-glucans and conjugated linoleic acid, which both have anti-carcinogenic effects. Out of these two, linoleic acid is particularly helpful in suppressing the harmful effects of excess estrogen. This increase in estrogen is one of the prime causes of breast cancer in women after menopause. The beta-glucans, on the other hand, inhibit the growth of cancerous cells in cases of prostate cancer, and numerous studies have shown the antitumor properties of mushrooms when applied medicinally.
In particular, certain varieties of mushrooms have been shown to have potential in protecting against cancer by protecting our cells against DNA damage but also inhibiting tumour formation. There is also some evidence that they may be beneficial in the treatment and management of neuro-degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Natural products have already yielded a series of compounds widely used in anticancer chemotherapy. These compounds have been used in traditional medicine for long years. Approaches to cancer treatment with natural derived products involve targeted therapies specific to the hallmarks of cancer and harmless to the healthy tissues.