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Matsutake mushrooms - health benefits

Matsutake Mushrooms

Matsutake mushrooms are also known as pine mushrooms or Tricholoma matsutake or Tricholoma nauseosum. They originated in Japan, but can be found in northern parts of Europe, Asia and North America. They are very popular and respected in Japanese cuisine for its distinctive flavor. Japanese respect these mushrooms so much that they are prepared to pay several thousands of dollars for a kilo of Japanese mushrooms. The imported Matsutake are much less valuable, but still used in the meals.

The tradition of using Matsutake in the healing started in ancient China, 3000 years ago. In these days, people believed in the magical properties of matsutake mushrooms and had used them in many rituals.

Matsutake Use

Modern medicine found these mushrooms to be excellent sources of proteins, vitamins and minerals. They are full of vitamins A, B6, C and also thiamine, niacin and riboflavin and also contain plenty of minerals such as: potassium, sodium, iron, copper, calcium and phosphorus. Copper is important for many different biochemical reactions in the body and also for the production of red blood cells, which makes these mushrooms valuable. Potassium found in high amounts in matsutake mushrooms is responsible for the healthy heart and muscles and provide the fluid balance in the body.

These mushrooms are completely without cholesterol and contain just traces of fat, and because of that they are considered to be very healthy.

Matsutake mushrooms are proven to be effective fighting different cancers. Many medications are used to treat cancerous changes in the body but all of them affect the healthy tissue to some extent, causing serious side effects. If these anti-cancer medications kill cancer cells they will most certainly kill some of the healthy cells in the body, because the drugs can’t differentiate between healthy and cancer cells.  Matsutake mushrooms are believed to be a natural anti-cancer remedy, that doesn’t have unwanted side effects.

Most cancers are considered to be the result of the pollution damage of our cells. Carcinogens from the industry, such as benzene are blamed for almost 80% of all cancer cases. Matsutake mushrooms have anti-cancerous properties, due to the substances present in them. These substances are: different glycans, polysaccharides AB-P and AB-FP, at least different steroids, uronyde, and some nucleic acid elements are responsible for carcinostatic properties of these mushrooms.

Matsutake mushrooms were proven helpful in over 85% in the some animal testing for carcinomas. They showed positive results on animals tested also for: solid cancers and cancers induced by chemicals. These mushrooms can prevent the metastasis of carcinoma cells, because they can affect and reinforce the immune system. They are also found to prevent the risk of cancers by regular consummation.

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