Raymond Y. Chang, author Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and private practice. 1996 published in Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products
Animal studies suggest that immune protection against cancer is effected primarily through cell-mediated immune mechanisms; and because Natural Killer (NK) lymphocyte functional acitivity correlates with the incidence of tumors. Ganoderma polysaccharides particularly those of a Beta 1,3 configuration have been extensively demonstrated to have broad immunopotentiating properties, including the stimulation of NK activity. Too date NO animal or human studies have been carried out using this for cancer prevention, but it is a potenially ideal agent since it has no toxicity.
NOTE: What all this means is that while there have been lots of small studies looking at the ability of this mushroom, among others, to boost the immune system, there have been NO human studies with cancer patients. Still, most of us cannot wait for this level of evidence (especially since no study has yet to begin). Mushrooms are not toxic and can be eaten or taken as pills.
See also MGN3 section for more on NK activity and Ann's Protocol (under Ann's Bio) for her story on Maitake mushrooms and tumor reduction.
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