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Agaricus Mushrooms


The genus Agaricus includes a number of edible mushrooms which grow in many countries worldwide. The taxonomy of the various species in not yet firmly established, but some of the better known are A. blazei (Brazil), A. bisporus (common edible mushroom), A. braziliensis, A. campestris (champignon mushroom), A. rufoteguli (Europe) and A. subrufescens (America). Recent work indicates that A. blazei, braziliensis, rufoteguli and subrufescens may in fact all belong to the same species.

Most interest focuses on a variety of A. blazei called 'Murril' which has shown very pronounced anti-cancer effects, including clearance of otherwise terminal solid tumours in mice, and great improvements in the condition of human cancer sufferers. It also appears to exhibit strong anti-diabetic properties. In Japan, where most research into the value of A. blazei Murril in human medicine has taken place, the mushroom is known as Himematsutake.

The main active ingredients have been identified as polysaccharide-protein complexes including beta-glucans, that promote a massively increased immune response against cancer cells by stimulating the activity of T-leucocytes and T-helper cells (‘’natural killer" or NK cells) and the production of interferon and interleukin that indirectly function to destroy and prevent the proliferation of cancer cells. Additionally, extracts of A. blazei Murril have shown strong anti-viral effects.

Most previously discovered anti-cancer polysaccharides found in fungi only affect solid cancers, however the polysaccharides in A. blazei Murril are also effective against Ehrich’s ascites carcinoma, sigmoid colonic cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and liver cancer. In Japan, an injectable form of the extract was found to eliminate all cancerous tumours in 90% of the experimental mice treated with it. Additionally, when the mice were fed dried mushroom as a preventative and then injected with a very powerful cancer causing agent (Sarcoma 180), 99.4% of them showed no subsequent tumour growth.

These results indicate that A. blazei Murril extracts are more effective anti-cancer agents by far than the most powerful pharmaceutical agents available, and side effects generally appear to me minimal.

The Japanese mouse studies showed the crude extract to be 80% more effective than the current #1 anti-cancer drug, PSK, and much more research is warranted by these very convincing results. Whether ‘big pharma’ is interested in funding research into such a natural (and probably unpatentable) cancer therapy is another matter.

In several Asian countries, especially in Japan, people are taking extracts* of A. blazei Murril as an alternative treatment for cancer, without waiting for further research. Anecdotal evidence appears to support the case for doing so. The evidence indicates that the anti-cancer activity Agaricus extracts is enhanced by simultaneous consumption of high levels of vitamin C. It should be noted though, that at least one research paper (Mukai H, Watanabe T, Ando M, Katsumata N., Jpn J Clin Oncol. 2006 Dec;36(12):808-10. Epub 2006 Nov 14) has claimed that A. blazei Murril extract is responsible for liver damage in those consuming large amounts of such extracts. However, several other researchers have on the contrary found an improvement in liver function in people suffering from hepatitis B and hepatitis C, as a result of taking agaricus extract.

* The usual method is a simple hot water infusion (tea) made from 10 grams or so of dried mushroom

Also see Aloe vera - a source of similar immune-stimulating polysaccharides.





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