One of the most exciting parts of mycotherapy is the understanding that our bodies are designed to be healed by mushrooms. Ingesting medicinal mushrooms, our bodies recognize the specific therapeutic active compounds of the mushroom and use them to naturally and dramatically improve our immune system.
Medicinal mushrooms, particularly Shiaqga, contain a very specific healing molecule called Beta Glucans within their cell walls. When ingested, Beta Gllucans are able to pass through our stomachs and into our small intestines, where they are transported directly to the immune cells called macrophages, (imagine macrophages as the neighborhood cops on patrol).
When the macrophages receive the Beta Glucans, they send signal molecules to all of the other immune cells, notifying them of the presence of Beta Glucans. This creates a chain effect where the other immune cells, such as T-Cells, B-Cells, Neutrophils, and Natural Killer cells, become hyper-stimulated and boost their regular immune defense activity into a powerhouse of immune defense. The macrophages break down the Beta Glucans into smaller pieces, giving the entire body access to these powerful molecules.
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"Beta Glucans bind to specific immune cells helping them achieve a well-coordinated attack on their targets like viruses or cancerous cells. Scientists refer to Beta Glucans as “biological response modifiers.” A modified response supports immunomodulation by preventing hyper inflammation and an autoimmune response.
Beta Glucans and Cancer
The rapid growth of cancer in healthy individuals can over-activate an individual’s immune system. Beta glucans bind and activate specific innate immune cells including macrophages, antibodies, and natural killer (NK) cells so that it can trigger an immune response. The ability of beta glucans to modify the attack of immune cells on invasive agents supports an efficient and stronger immune response.
Beta glucans prime immune cells to recognize complementary immune defense compounds. The antibody antigen response is coupled with beta glucan for a biologically synergistic response to kill cancer cells. The coupling of these two defense tools may even be a stronger therapy than chemotherapy or radiation. Furthermore, the ability of beta glucans to work in cooperation with antibody complexes poses no adverse health reactions as do conventional cancer treatments.
Beta glucans effectively stimulate an immune response from T-cells, NK cells, cytokines interleukin (IL) 1 and 2, as well as macrophages. Research supports the ability of beta glucans to reduce the growth rate of cancer cells all while stimulating a stronger immune response to foreign invaders.
Beta Glucans and Immune Stem Cell Development
Additionally, beta glucans stimulate the assembly of immune stem cells inside bone marrow. New immunocytes are released into the blood and varied lymphoid organs. This will increase the immune police work against potential invaders and improves the attack against cancer. This can be critical for individuals receiving conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. These treatments make the body more susceptible to infection by decreasing circulating immune complexes and immunocytes.
Beta glucan also stimulates various cells within the body to unharness anti-cancer molecules throughout the body. These molecules can include interleukins 1 and 6, hydrogen peroxide, gamma interferon, and tumor necrosis factor which have been shown to fight cancer and stimulate a healthy immune response.
Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS
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