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Cordyceps Mushroom: a Potent Anticancer Nutraceutical
The Open Nutraceutical Journal
  • Md. Asaduzzaman Khan
  • Mousumi Tania
  • Dianzheng Zhang, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Hanchun Chen
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The Cordyceps mushrooms have a long history as medicinal fungi. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cordyceps have been used to treat several conditions including cancers for thousand of years. Extracts from both mycelium and fruiting bodies of C. sinensis, C. militaris and other Cordyceps species showed significant anticancer activities by various mechanisms such as, modulating immune system and inducing cell apoptosis. Some polysaccharide components and cordycepin (3' -deoxyadenosine) have been isolated from C. sinensis and C. militaris, which acted as potent anticancer components. This review article aims to further elucidate the importance of Cordyceps mushrooms by summarizing the findings of some of the important research works concerning possible mechanism of anticancer activity of this mushroom.

This article was published in The Open Nutraceuticals Journal, Volume 3, Pages 179-183.

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Md. Asaduzzaman Khan, Mousumi Tania, Dianzheng Zhang and Hanchun Chen. "Cordyceps Mushroom: a Potent Anticancer Nutraceutical" The Open Nutraceutical Journal Vol. 3 (2010) p. 179 - 183
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