Ganoderma lucidum (G. lucidum), also known as reishi (Japan) or lingzhi (China), is an edible mushroom widely used in Asian countries for promoting health and longevity for over 2000 years. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to prevent and treat various diseases including cancer.
Anti-Tumor Effects of Ganoderma Lucidum
Polysaccharides and triterpenes are the 2 major groups of bioactive active compounds in Ganoderma lucidum mushroom that contribute to its anti-cancer activity. Numeorous human, animal and laboratory cell studies have shown that polysaccharides, triterpenes and other compounds in Ganoderma lucidum exhibit chemopreventive and/or anti-tumor effects.
Polysaccharides have immunomodulatory effects, ie. they exert anti-cancer function by activating the immune system. Triterpenes have the ability to kill tumor cells by inducing apoptosis, interfering with cell cycle and inhibiting angiogenesis.
Both polysaccharides and triterpenes are demonstrated to have antioxidant activity. One of the causes of cancer is oxidative damage to DNA in cells. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals and protect cellullar components from oxidative damage. This reduces the risk of carcinogenesis and mutations.
Ganoderma Lucidum – Potential Adjunvant Cancer Therapy
Ganoderma lucidum is commonly used an alternative adjunct to conventional cancer treatment.
It is available in the forms of powder, dietary supplements and tea. Beneficial compounds are extracted from the mycelia, spores and fruiting body of Ganoderma lucidum.
Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi/Ling Zhi) Supplements
As a dietary supplement, Ganoderma lucidum is often combined with related fungi. It is one of the six medicinal mushrooms found in K9 Immunity Plus. Medicinal mushrooms seem to improve quality of life and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in most dogs with cancer.
Some dog owners prefer to give Health Concerns Power Mushrooms to their dogs due to its cost effectiveness. This is another dietary supplement that contains Ganoderma lucidum and other mushroom extracts. Health Concerns Power Mushrooms supplement is available here