DEFENSE BOOSTER IS A DIETARY SUPPLEMENT THAT WILL HELP YOU LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE BY BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AGAINST INFECTION AND MORE
DEFENSE BOOSTER IS COMPOSED OF TURKEY TAIL MUSHROOM ALSO KNOWN AS TRAMETES VERSICOLOR OR CORIOLUS VERSICOLOR
Turkey Tail mushrooms have long been used in China and Japan. In China, they are called Yun Zhi and in Japan, they go by Kawaratake. Some of the benefits of Turkey Tail are thought to include:
Improvement of upper respiratory tract infections such as common colds.
Help with pulmonary disease such as pneumonia and asthma
Elimination of urinary tract infections
Relief for digestive tract irritations
A remedy for general fatigue, lack of energy and malaise
Turkey Tail is known to supercharge the immune system through its PSK and PSP Polysaccharides molecules and their role in activating the Natural Killer cells. Natural Killer cells are part of the cell mediated immune response where White Cells directly kills the infecting organisms through direct action.
Natural killer cells or NK cells are a type of cytotoxic lymphocyte critical to the innate immune system. NK cells provide rapid responses to viral-infected cells, acting at around 3 days after infection, and respond to tumor formation. Typically, immune cells detect major histocompatibility complex (MHC) presented on infected cell surfaces, triggering cytokine release, causing lysis or apoptosis. NK cells are unique, however, as they have the ability to recognize stressed cells in the absence of antibodies and MHC, allowing for a much faster immune reaction. They were named “natural killers” because of the initial notion that they do not require activation to kill cells that are missing “self” markers of MHC class 1. This role is especially important because harmful cells that are missing MHC I markers cannot be detected and destroyed by other immune cells, such as T lymphocyte cells (Wikipedia).
Trametes versicolor or Coriolus versicolor AND CANCER
The turkey tail mushroom or cloud mushroom, Trametesversicolor or Coriolusversicolor has been studied to have anti-tumor property against many types of cancers. It is thought to increase Natural Killer Cells numbers and to increase the CD8+T Lymphocytes cell activity.
Hsieh and Wu (2001) studied that ethanolic extracts of Yunzhi, a proprietary dietary supplement prepared from extracts of T. versicolor reduces the growth of hormone responsive prostate cancer LNCaP cell growth. The polysaccharo-peptide in the extract raises the possibility that Yunzhi may be considered as an adjuvant therapy in the treatment of hormone responsive prostate cancer; additionally, it may have chemopreventive potential to restrict prostate tumorigenic progression from the hormone-dependent to the hormone-refractory state.
Chu et al. (2002) reviewed that the growth of several human cancer cell lines, viz., gastric cancer (7907), lung cancer (SPC), leukemia (MCL), and lymphoma (SLY)-was markedly inhibited by a crude C. versicolor extract at 1 mg/mL after 72 h of incubation. The polysaccharide peptide krestin of T.versicolor has potential to be used as an adjuvant in breast cancer prevention (Standish et al. 2008).
The polysaccharide of this mushroom has been demonstrated to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo, examined on the human hepatoma cancer (QGY) cell lines. These results showed that the polysaccharide inhibited the proliferation in low concentrations (20 mg/L) and the IC50 value was 4.25 mg/L. Apoptosis and significant decrease in the expression of the cell cycle-related genes (p53, Bcl–2, and Fas,) in these cells following treatment, indicate that the polysaccharide can be a potential candidate in cancer therapy (Cai et al. 2010).