Cancer Fighting Mushrooms for Dogs

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Cancer fighting mushrooms for dogs are getting a lot of attention, and for good reason. Did you know medicinal mushrooms can help prevent, and even reverse, cancer in our dogs?

Whether your dog already has a diagnosis or you’re searching for preventative measures, mushrooms could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Why Use Mushrooms To Fight Cancer?

The distinctive polysaccharides known as beta-glucans (-glucan) are found in medicinal mushrooms.

All edible mushrooms contain beta-glucans. The stem, caps, gills, and even the underground components (known as mycelium) contain them. And beta-glucans play a significant part in both the prevention and treatment of cancer. 

Cancer Fighting Mushrooms for Dogs

Here are the most recommended mushrooms for dogs with cancer:

Maitake (Grifolia frondosa)

The maitake mushroom may be the one that slows tumor growth the most of all mushrooms. Its anti-cancer properties come from a compound known as D-fraction.

Research shows that D-fraction concentration has a strong impact on cancer cells. It’s particularly powerful against lymphoma, mammary cancer, and connective tissue cancer in dogs.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Reishi mushrooms are another powerful food and are commonly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

They’re particularly important for liver and immune health. Since it boosts the immune system, it has the ability to reduce the risk of cancer in our dogs.

It works by preventing tumors through the activation of lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are white blood cells found throughout the immune system.

Research has also found reishi can kill melanoma and breast cancers.

Using both reishi and shiitake is particularly useful as they work together to boost one another’s efficacy.

Shiitake (Lentinus edodes)

Regular use of shiitake mushroom can boost the production of alpha interferon, which fights cancer.

Lentinan, a -glucan, is made by shiitake mushrooms. It can stop and treat cancer cells in the stomach. It can also make chemotherapy work better.

Scientists think that lentinan works by making the immune system stronger, getting more killer T cells and NK cells to be made.

Shiitake can also help keep inflammation in the body under control. Chronic inflammation is one of the factors that lead to cancer in the body.

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)

Chaga is a hard-to-find fungus that grows on birch trees. It is often called the ugly mushroom. Russian herbalists give it a lot of value because chaga is good for the immune system and helps keep the body healthy as a whole.

A study on mice showed that long-term use of the drug slowed the growth of cancer and even helped the mice stay at a healthy weight. People who have used chaga for a long time have shown that it kills carcinosarcoma cells and mammary adenocarcinoma cells. The anti-cancer effects of chaga come from a chemical called inotodiol.

It also has a lot of antioxidants. Antioxidants help stop long-term inflammation in your dog caused by free radical damage. Free radicals are damaged cells that steal from other cells and hurt the DNA of other cells in your dog.

Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor)

Turkey tail is a powerful mushroom that helps maintain, protect, and restore the health of the immune system.

It is one of the medicinal mushrooms that has been studied the most, both in people and in animals. Many studies show that it could be used to treat cancer.

There are two kinds of beta-glucans in turkey tail mushrooms.

cancer fighting mushrooms for dogs

PSK and PSK are two types of polysaccharides (PSP). They are part of the cell wall of a mushroom, which gives the cell its shape. PSK and PSP can cause changes in the immune system that make immune cells work harder.

In fact, PSP is sold as a medicine to treat cancer in Japan and China. And PSK is the main ingredient in a drug called Krestin in Japan that is used to treat cancer.

Choosing Mushrooms For Your Dog

There are many different kinds of mushrooms that are good for dogs. It can be hard to find the best one for your dog. Your holistic vet may tell you to give your dog a certain mushroom for the cancer they have. But often, vets prefer a mushroom blend so that your dog can get the health benefits of different mushrooms.

Look for a mushroom supplement that has whole fruiting mushroom bodies when you’re making your choice.

Avoid products that only have mycelium. Mycelium is just one part of a mushroom, and it grows in a lab on grains that have been sterilized.

This means that mycelium has more starch than whole mushrooms and less beta-glucans.

Remember that mushrooms are good for you because they contain beta-glucans. So you want your mushroom supplement to have as much beta-glucan as possible.

Look at the list of ingredients.

Products that contain mycelium will say something like “mushroom mycelial biomass powder grown on organic oats.”

You can also give your dog whole mushrooms, but you should be careful. But if you do, make sure to cook them. Raw mushrooms are hard to eat and can be dangerous.

Read more:

5 Benefits of Reishi Mushroom for Dogs with Cancer

Medicinal Mushrooms | VCA Animal Hospital

Mushroom-derived compound lengthens survival in dogs with cancer, study suggests — ScienceDaily

Published by Amber L. Drake

Dr. Amber L. Drake is a celebrated author and a distinguished cancer specialist, renowned for her comprehensive research in canine cancer prevention and nutrition. She is widely recognized for her commitment to helping dogs lead long and joyful lives, as well as for her contributions to veterinary medicine education. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of the Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, she has become a respected and influential figure in the canine community, earning the admiration and respect of dog enthusiasts around the globe.

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