Phytochemicals found in mushrooms are potent compounds that act as a powerful natural immune modulator and cancer-fighting agent. These compounds are not only effective in combating cancer but can also complement conventional cancer therapies. These compounds have been found to inhibit tumor growth and spread in several studies, and are currently being tested in clinical trials. Their effectiveness as adjuncts to cancer therapy is being studied further to see if they have any potential to be used in the treatment of cancer.
In addition to their anti-cancer properties, mushroom phytochemicals may also prevent certain substances from becoming carcinogenic. Some phytochemicals are naturally found in fruits and vegetables, and may protect against cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. Studies have shown that mushrooms contain flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants. Many of these compounds are effective in fighting cancer and may also prevent age-related skin aging.
One study suggested that mushrooms contain ergothioneine, an antioxidant that protects cells against harmful influences. This substance is also found in the human body, and researchers have determined that it has antioxidant properties in laboratory tests. In another recent study, researchers measured glutathione and ergothioneine content in different mushrooms. Interestingly, mushrooms with high levels of both antioxidants had a lower incidence of cancer and other diseases.
Another study looked at the effect of ethanolic extract of this mushroom on human lung cancer cells. It inhibited cell proliferation and induced an S-phase cell cycle arrest in the cancer cells. Additionally, it also increased the percentage of apoptotic cells. Cinnamic acid was the most potent anti-cancer compound and had the strongest effect on cell growth.