There is sufficient scientific data to strongly suggest the main anti-cancer effects exhibited by medicinal mushrooms are largely related to stimulation of the immune system causing host-mediated anti-cancer activities.

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Medicinal mushroom compounds aid the conversion of dendric cells from being phagocytic to becoming antigen-presenting.

In turn, this initiates responses from white blood cell. These white blood cells then release chemical messengers which activate natural killer cells.

Active Natural killer cells (NK cells) travel around the body looking for and eliminating cancerous and infected cells.

NK cells are the sentinels of the innate immune system. Found venturing around the human body NK cells are on a mission to find and obliterate cancerous cells and those infected by a virus, bacteria, or parasite.


Peyer’s patches, found in the stomach wall and certain phagocytes elsewhere in the body, are innately accustomed to identifying and reacting to mushrooms polysaccharides.

Once these unique clusters of immune cells recognise a mushroom derived molecule such as a mushroom beta-glucan a host-mediated anti-cancer response is triggered, once again, putting cytotoxic cells such as NK cells on the look out for cancerous and inflected cells.


Considering as much as one in five of cancers could be caused by long-term inflammation the fact that medicinal mushrooms have a potent anti-inflammatory effect is a significant contributor to their anti-cancer impact.

Medicinal mushrooms can therefore provide a highly effective anti-cancer combination of…

  • Immune stimulation causing an increase in cytotoxic activity
  • Inflammation reduction


Medicinal mushroom compounds also seem to have a cytostatic effect, meaning they can help aid cell stability and reduce risk of mutations.

This is believed to be due to their antioxidant effect and helping to provide a non-toxic environment in which cells can function.

Oyster Mushroom Capsules (P. ostreatus)


A cellular substance called NF-kB encourages cells to replicate and grow in number. Certain medicinal mushrooms have been demonstrated to inhibit NF-kB production within cancer cells thus helping to prevent the spread of tumorous cells.


Certain Glycoproteins found within mushrooms promote synthesis of enzymes such as caspase.

Caspase encourages sick and cancerous cells to self-destruct.


Medicinal mushroom polysaccharides and protein-polysaccharides help preventthe formation of new blood vessels surrounding a sick or cancerous cell.

Without a good blood supply, and therefore access to nutrients, a cell will often self-destruct.

Learn more about how medicinal mushrooms work within the body to help protect health and prevent illness.