Chemotherapy Derived From Mushrooms Shows Promise

Researchers have been looking into a type of Himalayan fungus, called Cordycepin sinensis, as a possible treatment for cancer. This fungus has long been used for its medicinal properties, which include treating cancer, aging and inflammation.

However, cordycepin (a metabolic product of the fungus) is not very stable and breaks down quickly, meaning little of it actually reaches the target site. Researchers have found a way to stabilize cordycepin and are in the process of testing the new drug.

So far, results are promising, showing high levels of the drug properly reaching the cancer cells it is meant to stop.

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