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How This Fungi Has The Potential To Fight Cancer

Treatments for cancer often conjure up images of chemotherapy and harsh chemicals in the minds of many people, especially in the Western world. However, many people have started turning to alternative and all natural treatment methods, and these methods are often shown to be somewhat successful. In fact, the mushroom cordyceps, also known as caterpillar fungus, has been shown to be effective in combating cancer in numerous influential scientific studies.

The Benefits Of The Cordyceps Mushroom

As it turns out, the cordyceps mushroom has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, as a natural remedy for a wide variety of health issues and ailments, including fatigue, wheezing, loss of stamina, and shallow breathing. The caterpillar fungus, known in the scientific world as cordyceps militaris, has also been used for ages as a lung and kidney tonic, as well as a natural aphrodisiac.

So what is it about the cordyceps mushroom that makes it such a great treatment method against cancer? Studies have shown that a compound found in the mushroom, known as cordycepin, appears to be toxic to cancerous cells by essentially causing them to kill themselves off. This process is called apoptosis, and it fortunately does not have a negative effect on otherwise healthy cells in the body. Cordyceps mushrooms also work to fight cancer in a variety of other ways, including being able to block the ability of cancerous tumors to grow in the body. Cordyceps mushrooms also prevent cancerous cells from multiplying and metastasizing, or spreading to different parts of the body. The antioxidants in this fungus also serve the body by attacking free radicals before they can cause the kind of damage to cells and tissues that would make them susceptible to cancer. As if all that weren’t enough, cordyceps also improve and strengthen the body’s immune system, which makes it easier for your body to fight against cancer.

Even if you don’t like the taste of mushrooms, you can still reap the benefits of the cordyceps mushroom. You can make tea from the mushrooms and still get the anti-cancer benefits it can provide in raw form. You can also find powdered versions of the mushroom, as well ascapsules, glycerin extracts, and dehydrated whole cordyceps. So far, studies have indicated that cordyceps is most effective at combating melanoma, prostate cancer, and lung cancer, but its health benefits are bound to have a positive effect on many other ailments as well.

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