Written by: Emilyn Gil
Whether it’s just a few tissues and cough drops, or a week in bed with endless ice packs and chicken soup, everyone is bound to get sick sometime.
Although sickness is a fact of life, it is also a fact that those with stronger immune systems are less prone to illness. It is the unfortunate truth that cancer patients, even with all the treatment and side effects they already have to endure, have immune systems can become weak and allow for more chance of sickness.
The best course of action at that point is to do all you can to keep the immune system strong. And in today’s world, this is no easy feat. With the diminishing minerals in the soil, the overload of sugar in the everyday diet and the processed and artificial foods that line the shelves of convenient grocery store, finding the right fuel your immune system needs is a challenge.
But one superfood is here to make this battle just a bit easier!
Reishi Mushrooms are known for being especially effective when it comes to the immune system and have countless other properties such as anti-aging qualities and detoxification abilities and - as an extra bonus - this little fungus has even been known to fight cancer.
As mentioned above, reishi mushrooms are the immune system’s best friend. This mushroom has been found to modulate immune responses, which can help to enhance resistance to disease. Boost your immune system and you can boost your chances to keep those sick days away!
Along with assisting the immune system, reishi mushrooms can also keep viruses and bacteria away and prevent secondary infections. This extra protection from illness can really help those suffering with cancer, especially those who are already experiencing the effects of a weak immune system.
Studies show that reishi mushrooms are a suitable therapeutic for inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). They can also inhibit cancer cell viability and help break down fibrinogen, which protects cancer cells, so that these cells can be more easily killed.
Reishi can regulate apoptosis, or cell death. All cells die eventually, but some cancer cells instead will divide themselves and spread throughout the body. Reishi interferes with this process and inhibits the spreading and growth of cancer cells.
Cancer cells have a tendency to use an enzyme, matrix metalloproteinase, to insert themselves into healthy cells and destroy them from within. Reishi can help block this enzyme and prevent this process from happening.
Even when you feel at your weakest and sickest, you still have healthy cells in your body that are fighting to stay that way. Reishi has been proven to find these already healthy cells and keep them healthy. Studies show that reishi mushrooms inhibited cell migration and cell colony formation, which helped protect healthy cells.
Fighting cancer should not be done alone. And along with family, friends, doctors and experts, mother nature and her reishi mushroom are also here to help the best they can. Reishi can be cooked, brewed into tea, or used as an extra ingredient in lots of your favorite recipes.
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Have you tried reishi mushroom before? What's your favorite way to enjoy it? Share with us in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you!
And remember, we're in this together.
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Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Emilyn currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.
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