Button mushroom – This mushroom is highly valuable in the prevention of cancer and as a support in the therapy of hormone-dependent tumors.
Agaricus bisporus – better known as button mushroom or champignon – is the world’s most popular edible mushroom. For good reasons because it has a delicious taste, contains important nutrients and there are numerous ways to prepare. Meanwhile, Agaricus bisporus has gained a reputation as a valuable medicinal mushroom.
The main focus of the research is on its possible application in the cancer treatment. The results which initial studies have shown a remarkable impact potential in the prevention of different types of tumors. This is due to its high content of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and specific lectins.
The application of Agaricus bisporus shows encouraging results concerning hormone-dependent cancer types. Agaricus bisporus can reduce the growth stimulus on hormone-dependent tumour tissue due to its inhibitory effect on the enzymes “aromatase” and “5-alpha-reductase”. This makes Agaricus bisporus interesting for the prevention and therapy of prostate- and breast- cancer.
The combination of Agaricus bisporus and vitamin D has also proven helpful in the prevention of cancer. Vitamin D is needed by almost all somatic cells to maintain their function. Vitamin D has also a preventative effect on different types of cancer.
Due to its inhibitory effect on aromatase, Agaricus bisporus has proven effective in the prevention of benign prostate hyperplasia.
Agaricus is also helpful against acne because it reduces the sebum production of the skin.
Another field of application is gout. Affected persons can benefit because it protects the kidneys, improves the excretion of creatinine, lowers uric acid and has a pain relieving effect when it comes to attacks of gout.
There are also positive experiences with loss of hair. Moreover, it has beneficial effects on gastrointestinal health and on lactation during the nursing period.
Fields of application:
As support in the therapy of cancer – especially hormone dependent prostate- and breast cancer
Benign prostate hyperplasia