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In the northeastern woods of Japan and the United States grows a ruffly-looking, exotic fungus with exciting possibilities, both culinary and nutritional. Called maitake or hen of the woods mushrooms, their woodsy aroma, meaty texture, and rich flavor have long given them special status in Japanese cuisine. Now, research is showing that maitake have potential that goes far beyond the kitchen.
Traditional Chinese medicine credited maitake and other mushrooms with having medicinal powers for centuries, but in the last 30 years Japanese researchers have examined the specific ways mushrooms act within the body to fight disease and improve health. The results have been encouraging. According to various studies, maitakes appear to boost the immune system, reduce blood sugar levels, aid in lowering blood pressure, encourage weight loss, and help to both prevent and fight cancer.
Most of maitake’s health benefits seem to come from one main source. They contain beta-glucan, a polysaccharide compound thought to help the immune system by activating effector cells like macrophages, natural killer cells, and T cells. In addition to their role in general immunity, these types of antibodies also act against cancer. The polysaccharide is also thought to be the source of the mushroom’s ability to control blood sugar to help manage diabetes and improve weight loss.
On top of all that, maitakes are also a rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium, B vitamins, and amino acids. With all that and the fact that they taste great too, it’s more than worth checking out these exotic fungal gems.
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Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) a rare Chinese mushroom that grows naturally on certain species of caterpillars that live on the Tibetan Plain. For centuries it has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of several health conditions including fatigue, renal failure and respiratory disease.
Researchers from The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, have been studying cordycepin, one of the drugs in this mushroom. Researchers already found that cordycepin has potential as a cancer drug. Their new research suggests that cordycepin may also have anti-inflammatory traits that show promise to help those who suffer from asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, renal failure and stroke damage.
In their introduction researchers write “Inflammation is an important process that mediates the response of the body to infection and injury. Misregulated inflammation causes chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis and contributes to many other conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.”
In this new research led by Dr. Cornelia de Moor, Lecturer in RNA Biology, Faculty of Science, School of Pharmacy at the university and colleagues demonstrated that cordycepin reduces inflammatory gene products in airway smooth muscle cells, the cells that contract during an asthma attack, particularly mast cells.
There have been several past studies that have suggested that cordycepin could be an effective drug for a variety of conditions, including cancer, stroke, kidney damage and inflammatory lung disease but until now it was unclear how cordycepin could bring about so many different beneficial effects at the cellular level.
Dr. de Moor stated in a release “We have shown that cordycepin reduces the expression of inflammatory genes in airway smooth muscle cells by acting on the final step in the synthesis of their messenger RNAs (mRNAs) which carry the chemical blueprint for the synthesis of proteins. This process is called polyadenylation.”
The researchers note that currently available anti-inflammatory drugs fall mainly into two categories in which limits therapeutic choices. One of the categories is NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) that inhibit cyclooxygenases ( is responsible for formation of important biological mediators called prostanoids that are mediators of inflammation, these drugs include COX2-selective inhibitor that directly targets COX-2, an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain. The second category anti-inflammatory steroids act at the start of the inflammatory response. They reduce the transcriptional activation of inflammatory genes, thereby directly reducing inflammation, such as the medication prednisone. Both drug classes can have serious side effects and are ineffective for some patients and conditions.
“However, it is a surprise that cordycepin does not affect the synthesis of mRNAs from other genes, because nearly all mRNAs require polyadenylation,” says de Moor.
This is because the research suggests inflammatory genes can be very rapidly induced and that cordycepin has its many and varied effects by altering the synthesis of other classes of rapidly induced genes as well. If this turns out to be true one can say that cordycepin slows down the rapid cellular responses to tissue damage and may work by preventing the over-activation of these responses which are associated with conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, renal failure, cancer and stroke damage.
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