Is there more to mushrooms than just being yummy?
|Coriolus versicolor mushroom. Image: Chris Moody|
It seems that scientists were playing with the idea of medicinal properties of mushrooms for quite some time now. I know, that not far from where I used to live, there was a cancer clinic experimenting with oyster mushrooms as a cancer treatment.
A study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, tested the use of a compound derived from the Coriolus versicolor mushroom in treatment of canine hemangiosarcoma.
Hemangiosarcoma is a highly invasive type of cancer, affecting the lining of blood vessels. Typically, the cause of death is the rupturing of the tumor, causing the patient bleed to death.
According to the study, dogs with hemangiosarcoma that were treated with the mushroom compound, had the longest survival times ever reported for dogs with the disease.
The Coriolus versicolor mushroom is believed to have immune-boosting action, and some studies suggesting that it also has tumor-fighting effect.
The researchers are getting ready to pursue further trials.
Source article: Mushroom-Derived Compound Lengthens Survival in Dogs With Cancer, Study Suggests
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