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Medicinal Mushrooms for Cancer and Immunity in Dogs and Cats

Posted July 14, 2017

Medicinal mushrooms have demonstrated benefits for cancer, a compromised immune system, fatigue, chronic infections, disorders of the liver, endocrine, kidney, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems. It’s no wonder that the veterinary and medical communities are incredibly excited about medicinal mushrooms. But mushrooms as a healing food aren’t a recent development. In fact throughout history, cultures around the world have used mushrooms for both food and medicine. What’s fascinating, however, is that modern research is rediscovering these ancient super-foods, and finding that there is good evidence that mushrooms are among the most powerful functional food in a growing cancer-fighting and cancer-preventing arsenal.

Recent Veterinary and Medical Research into Medicinal Mushrooms

Countless studies have been conducted, and are presently being conducted regarding medicinal mushroom use for both humans and animals. Studies are finding that mushrooms have a variety of health benefits from being antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular-protective, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, anti-tumor, and anti-cancer.

In fact, “extensive research over the last 40 years has demonstrated that mushrooms have potent antineoplastic properties that slow growth of tumors, regulate tumor genes, decrease tumoral angioneogenesis, and increase malignant-cell phagocytosis [eats malignant cells]. Additionally, evidence suggests that medicinal mushrooms may safely boost chemotherapeutic efficacy and simultaneously protect against bone marrow suppression.” (Guggenheim, et al. 2014)

In a recent study, researchers found that a derivative of the Turkey Tail mushroom (PSK), when administered to stage II/III colorectal patients along with standard therapy had a 26.6% higher survival rate than those who were on standard therapy alone. (Guggenheim, et al. 2014)

In 2012, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine conducted a study of 15 dogs with hemangiosarcoma who were given a mushroom compound. Results of the study shocked the Penn Vet researchers. While the longest reported median survival time of dogs with the disease who were given no treatment was 86 days, there were dogs in the Penn study, who lived over a year with no treatment other than the mushroom compound.

Are All Mushrooms Good For Pet Health?

The simple answer is that no, not all mushroom are good for pet health. It’s estimated that there could be as much as 5 million different species of fungi, and some of those can be poisonous. Estimates vary as to how many are considered medicinal medicinal mushrooms (anywhere from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand), but only about a dozen of those have been well researched. Please do not feed your dog or cat unknown mushrooms.

Can I give my pet raw mushrooms a couple of times a day to get the health benefits?

Although adding some mushrooms to a pet’s diet may be a good idea, they will not get anywhere close to the same medicinal benefits as an extract of specific, highly researched medicinal mushrooms. As well, some medicinal mushrooms are only available as extracts and are not available as food.

What are the good medicinal mushrooms for my pet?

What are turkey tail mushrooms

NHV Natural Pet Products new medicinal mushroom blend for pets— “Natures Immuno”, consists of 5 species of highly researched medicinal mushrooms. They are: turkey tails, cordyceps, reishi, shiitake, and agaricus. Here’s a bit on each one.

Turkey Tail mushroom  – Studies have shown that Turkey Tail mushrooms are beneficial for a wide variety of cancers, including mammary gland cancer and lymphoma. Researchers believe that Turkey Tail mushrooms contain properties that fight cancer while helping to strengthen the immune system. It also has antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, immune-modulating, anti-inflammatory, and cardioprotective properties.

Coredyceps mushroom are rich in phytonutrients and contain polysaccharides, which help with antioxidant properties. Research has indicated that cordyceps have anti-tumor, immune stimulating and hypoglycemic activity. Cordyceps are also beneficial for heart health, liver, kidney health and help lower blood sugar.

Reishi mushroom has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese Medicine. Current research indicates that Reishi mushrooms are helpful in supporting the immune and cardiovascular systems, as well as helping to increase oxygenation of the blood. Reishi is effective against sarcoma and tumor necrosis. Reishi is currently being used in Japan and China in conjunction with chemotherapy drugs.

Shiitake mushroom has been used for thousands of years in herbalism. Research indicates that Shiitake has strong antibiotic, and antibacterial properties against a broad spectrum of pathogens. In addition to its cancer fighting properties it is useful in supporting heart health as it lowers cholesterol and helps lessen plaque in the arteries.

Agaricus mushroom are studied for their usefulness in preventing cancer cell production. Agaricus is considered an antimutagenic and an adaptogen, which helps combat stress and supports endocrine function. It is useful for pets with autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, and heart problems. Agaricus is being used in Japan as an adjunctive with chemotherapy treatments.

How do I choose a good mushroom blend for my pet?

When choosing a mushroom blend for cats and dogs, it’s important to make sure that bioavailability of the mushrooms are taken into consideration. NHV’s Nature Immuno blend is in liquid form and is readily absorbed into the digestive tract, making for a higher chance than powdered mushrooms or raw mushrooms to boost the body’s immune system against cancer.

It’s also really important the mushrooms go through a testing process prior to production. NHV does do testing, and uses non-GMO vegetable glycerin the base. All NHV products are full spectrum extracts, which means that the biochemical and phytoceutical constituents of the herbs are preserved during extraction to produce a superior supplement with a high efficacy and a strong bioavailability.

Our products are manufactured in our state-of-the-art facility where they must meet stringent in-house standards before being tested a second time by a third-party lab.

Wondering how NHV Natures Immuno Mushroom Blend can help your pets? Call or chat with us and one of our pet experts will be happy to help you.

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