What Is the Best Mushroom to Fight Cancer?

Mushrooms indicated by cancer type

Reishi mushroom, scientifically known as Ganoderma lucidum or Ganoderma sinense, has been commonly known as the mushroom of longevity or immortality. Out of all of the different types of mushrooms, reishi mushrooms seem to be the most widely used mushrooms for cancer prevention and to inhibit tumor growth.

Reishi mushroom, scientifically known as Ganoderma lucidum or Ganoderma sinense, has been commonly known as the mushroom of longevity or immortality. Out of all of the different types of mushrooms, reishi mushrooms seem to be the most widely used mushrooms for cancer prevention and to inhibit tumor growth. Mushrooms play a role in boosting the immune system and brain function.

Reishi has been used medicinally in East Asia since ancient times. It is a traditional medicine used throughout Asia for cancer prevention.

Reishi mushrooms were outed to prolong life, prevent aging and increase energy. In China, mushrooms are used to fortify the immune system of people with cancer who receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

These mushrooms are known as reishi In Japan. In China, G. lucidum is known as chizhi and G. sinense is known as zizhi.

Different types of mushrooms that are effective against different types of cancer are listed below.

Table 1. Medicinal mushrooms indicated by cancer types

Type of cancer          Indicated mushroom
 Breast cancer          Reishi, maitake and turkey tail   
 Colon cancer   Reishi, maitake and turkey tail
 Gastric cancer  Turkey tail
 Hepatocellular carcinoma   Agaricus and reishi
 Leukemia   Agaricus and reishi
 Lymphoma   Cordyceps
 Lung cancer   Reishi
 Non-small cell lung cancer   Cordyceps
 Prostate cancer  Reishi
 Sarcoma  Reishi


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