These legendary fungi contain two important compounds, polysaccharopeptide (PSP) and polysaccharide-K (PSK), which possess powerful immunity-boosting properties. These polysaccharides suppress inflammation and activate and inhibit specific types of immune cells, promoting an immune response.
A study in Pharmacophore presents new findings of yunzhi mushrooms as one of the promising functional foods for treating inflammatory and cancer-related diseases. This is due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer effects.
As mentioned, the mushroom benefits for cancer-related diseases are manifold, thanks to its compounds, PSP and PSK. Singapore clinics use the fungi in TCM as a complementary treatment because of these cancer-fighting components.
Senior consultant for Medical Oncology at the Parkway Cancer Centre, Dr See Hui Ti says clinical studies show that the PSK in yunzhi promotes the growth of white cells to assist with a patien
A Chinese Medicine study discovers that using yunzhi with cytotoxic drugs benefits cancer patients and improves their quality of life. This combination enhances the efficacy and eases the adverse effects of the drugs.
Because of its compatibility with chemotherapy, turkey tail extract is recommended and prescribed to patients undergoing certain cancers, such as breast cancer, gastric cancer and colorectal cancer.
What was once a trend, digestive health has now become a health norm worldwide. Your gut controls approximately 70% of your immune response, and 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut.
Yunzhi mushrooms contain prebiotics, helping the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. One study from the National Library of Medicine involved 24 participants consuming 3,600mg of PSP extracted from yunzhi mushrooms per day over eight weeks.
This resulted in favourable changes in gut bacteria and the suppression of problematic E. coli and Shigella bacteria growth. Overall, the mushroom helps maintain healthy gut bacterial balance by increasing the growth of beneficial bacteria, while limiting the production of harmful ones.
In TCM, yunzhi mushrooms are brewed in teas or ingested as a
Despite being an ancient herb in traditional Chinese practice, yunzhi mushrooms have gained popularity in modern times. It’s now a staple, medicinal ingredient in both Asian and Western cultures. Try to incorporate yunzhi into your diet to reap its amazing mushroom benefits.
Have you tried yunzhi mushrooms before? Let us know what you think.
This is an adaptation of the article “The Power of Yunzhi”, which first appeared on Eu Yan Sang website.
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