Immune Boosting Mushrooms
It’s that time of year again. Getting together with friends and family during the holidays can be the highlight of the year. The lowlight? Getting sick afterwards.
My husband and I try and remember to take our vitamin C, zinc and probiotic supplements every day to help ward off the onslaught of germs we come in contact with. This year we decided to add another layer to our defenses by consuming mushroom supplements and extracts, and incorporating more cooked mushrooms into our meals.
Mushrooms have long been studied for their powerful and varied effects on human health, and about a half a dozen varieties stand out for the powerful boost they give to the immune system. Shitake are a common mushroom found in most grocery stores. They have been shown to have both anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects, along with the ability to help stabilize blood sugar. Try them cooked in a high-quality fat such as grass-fed ghee or avocado oil. Add to soups, stir fries, rice dishes or simply sear and serve over beef and chicken. Remember to buy organic!
Reishi and turkey tail mushrooms are also heavy hitters when it comes to boosting the immune system. A clinical study conducted in 2011 showed that a compound in turkey tail mushrooms has been shown to improve immune status from 70% to 97% in cancer patients. Reishi has also been shown to be an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Because these mushrooms are much harder to find fresh, I prefer to take them in capsule or extract form.
There are a number of high-quality supplements on the market that contain them. My favorite, Host Defense, comes from the word renowned mycologist, Paul Stamets. Host Defensemakes a variety of whole-mushroom capsules and extracts in single variety and blend formulations. They are available at a variety of natural food stores including Mother’s and Whole Foods.
Carley J Jennings
12/9/2022 08:02:23 am
Mushrooms are so good and so versatile!
12/9/2022 08:03:04 am
Great info. So many to choose from
12/9/2022 08:05:38 am
Great info! I love them in my coffee
12/16/2022 08:03:11 am
Daniel Tyler Petry
12/23/2022 07:59:59 am
Gotta Love Mushrooms!
12/23/2022 08:01:37 am
12/23/2022 08:02:50 am
Love the info, love shrooms!
Valentina Lopez A
12/30/2022 08:00:50 am
Awesome info , thanks!!
1/6/2023 08:06:00 am
cant go wrong with mushrooms
1/13/2023 08:22:16 am
Mushrooms are amazing when it comes to your health, many people are unaware of just how high mushrooms are in antioxidants, a good handful have moire antioxidants than most fruits, however the Chaga mushrooms has over 6x the amount of antioxidants than even Acai berries which is a super food. So eat more mushrooms!!!
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