Mushroom Extract Used In Chinese Medicine Tops Growth of Invasive Breast Cancer Cells


Scientists in the U.S. have discovered that a substance derived from mushrooms and used for centuries in Chinese medicine may stop the growth of breast cancer cells.

Extracts from the mushroom Phellinus linteus have been found to have significant anti-cancer properties and the researchers suggest it could provide a new weapon in the arsenal against cancer.

The scientists from the Methodist Research Institute in Indianapolis say in laboratory tests carried out on highly invasive human breast cancer cells, the mushroom appeared to block an enzyme called AKT which is known to control signals that prompt cell growth.






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