Category Archives: Nutrition

Mushroom Orzotto; Anti-cancer diet

Inspired by traditional Italian risotto, this is a comforting and nourishing dish that’s easy to prepare and packed with anti-cancer nutrients: immune-boosting mushrooms, onions and garlic with their multiple cancer-protective effects, anti-inflammatory thyme and pasrley, and barley, a very low-glycemic grain that’s a rich source of fibers (which nourish our healthy intestinal bacteria and help to lower cholesterol), estrogen-balancing lignans and anti-cancer mineral selenium.

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Enjoy Mushrooms For Better Health

I thoroughly enjoy mushrooms—in fact, I actually crave them. It’s likely that this craving can be traced to my Italian culinary heritage—we often add mushrooms to pizza and pasta dishes, but we find them equally delicious in soups, stir-fries, and salads. In addition to the common white button mushroom, we also search for maitake, morel, oyster, portobello, shiitake, and any other unique varieties that appear at our local farmer’s market or natural foods store.

Both wild and cultivated mushrooms have been prized for their nutritional and medicinal benefits for thousands of years. In fact, in ancient China, certain medicinal mushrooms were so rare that they were reserved for royalty only. Today, medicinal mushroom extracts are one of the most researched natural medicines in the world. These concentrated extracts have demonstrated profound health promoting and disease inhibiting effects, and show promise for preventing and treating cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. I’ve been so impressed with the research findings on mushrooms that I’ve added mushroom extracts to several of my nutritional formulations.  Continue reading

Powerfood Profile: Medicinal Mushrooms


Medicinal mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms contain compounds that can enhance the effectiveness of chemo while reducing side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, as well as suppress metastasis and increase levels of natural killer cells. One type of mushroom compounds, beta-glucans, has been shown to boost the cancer-fighting powers of the immune system’s cyto-toxic T cells.
Again, it is difficult to obtain clinically meaningful quantities of the mushroom phytochemicals from even the healthiest diet, which is why Dr. Block recommends getting them in the form of extracts. Look for those containing maitake (Grifola frondosa), agaricus (Agaricus blazei), shiitake (Lentinula [or Lentinusedodes), reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), turkey tails (Trametes [or Coriolusversicolor), and caterpillar fungus or cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis).

By Keith Block