Strategy 9, Magic Mushrooms: Lifestyle Strategies to Combat and Prevent Breast Cancer

Daily diet and lifestyle strategies to prevent breast cancer

                  October 9 – Strategy 9 –  Magic Mushrooms

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a practice where plants and herbs play a large role in treating disease.  TCM suggests that eating a few ounces of mushrooms every day could help prevent breast cancer. Dr. Shiuan Chen of the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope in Duarte, California,  and colleagues tested seven vegetable extracts for their aromatase-blocking
activity, and found that white button mushroom had the strongest effect. A substance found in mushrooms called linoleic acid inhibits aromatase--an enzyme
that affects estrogen levels.

Aromatase is an enzyme that helps the body make estrogen. The ovaries are the major producers of estrogen in the female body and are needed for normal function in the child bearing years.  When too much estrogen is produced or ingested from the food supply, problems occur.

High levels of estrogen are associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. These estrogen positive breast cancers account for approximately 70% of all breast cancers. Studies have shown that linoleic acid inhibits the proliferation of breast cancer cells in the lab along with reducing the occurrence of mammary cancers in rats.

Hormone therapies like Femara are called aromatase inhibitors. The researchers evaluated 10 other types of mushrooms, and found stuffing mushrooms, portobello, crimini, shiitake and baby button mushrooms also inhibited aromatase activity.   This study and others like it suggest that mushrooms could be a form of natural therapy in lieu of aromatase inhibitors.

Although I try to incorporate mushrooms into my diet several times a week, I still take a mushroom supplement. Mushroom Supplements have been used for centuries throughout Asia but only recently has the extent of their benefits been recognized by Western countries.  Not only do mushrooms inhibit aromatase activity, but they  also strengthen the immune system.

Reminder: go to www.sisters4prevention.com throughout the month of October for a complete list of all tips as we progress. For true prevention…support the Pink Vaccine, the first preventive breast cancer vaccine.  For more information visit: www.thepinkvaccine.com.  Get on the train for prevention…join the thousands that are donating to the vaccine fund.  We are getting close, you can make a difference!


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Dan October 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
If you want the positive medicinal effects of mushrooms it would help the readers to know what mushrooms can do this. TCM mushrooms, ie what they call the king of herbs, is the Reishi Mushroom. This mushroom is extremely powerful and beneficial to ones health in a myriad of ways, particularly with the liver. Shaitake and Maitake mushrooms combined with the Reishi is an extremely powerful and medicinal tonic that I take daily and it has helped me in copius amount of ways. Research on your own regarding these mushrooms, and you can buy them in bulk from a place called Mountain Rose Herbs, they have a website just search for it.
Dan October 10, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Cordyceps are another beneficial mushroom that is worth looking into.
Judy Fitzgerald October 10, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Hi Dan, I actually take a supplement that is composed of Maitake, Reishi and Shiitake mushrooms. My current brand is the Vitamin Shoppe supplement but I have also used New Chapter in the past. Thank you so much for your comment. Judy
Dan October 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Hey Judy, The supplement I use is with all my favorite mushrooms/herbs is called Pure Synergy. Also Healthforce Nutritionals is worth looking into, such as their supplements as Vitamineral Earth and Vitamineral Fruits of the Earth. All of these formulas are by far the best I have ever have used and the results show. Quick info on Pure Synergy its the most comprehensive and trusted green superfood in the world--the standard by which all others are measured. Rediscover feeling healthy, vital, and energetic again--the palpable effect of this truly potent and unmatched organic superfood. In use for over 35 years, Pure Synergy is our original and extensively researched flagship formula--blending 60 of nature’s most life-giving and nutrient-rich organic whole food and botanical concentrates into a “wellness food” of perfect nutritional potency. Created to help you restore and regenerate your core foundation of wellness, Pure Synergy is the perfect bridge for the many nutritional gaps we all experience in our modern-day diets. Hundreds of health-supporting phytonutrients—found exclusively in Pure Synergy’s fruits, sprouts, grasses, vegetables, flowers, mushrooms, sea plants, and herbs—all unite to produce a rare “synergy” that helps rebuild your vitality, mental clarity, and optimal well-being.


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