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Our most powerful health resource is a swift and intelligent immune system — and one of the best ways to achieve optimal immunity is with the help of miraculous mushrooms.
Mushrooms have been used in Asian medicine and other traditional healing systems for thousands of years, and today, modern research is not only substantiating the benefits of this ancient superfood but also discovering new ways we can use them.
Culinary and medicinal mushrooms are rich sources of unique nutrients and compounds that work in numerous ways to support health. One family of carbohydrates found in mushrooms is beta-glucans, which have an affinity for immune cells. But mushrooms do more than boost immunity; they modulate it, essentially “training” immune cells to respond appropriately to various triggers — neither under-reacting or over-reacting.
If this were all mushrooms offered, it would be more than enough. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
For example, mushrooms support cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and cholesterol. They promote oxygenation and circulation, promote vital energy, cognitive health, metabolic efficiency and more.
Mushrooms are also natural detoxifiers, cleansing the body of accumulated waste, dead tissues, potential carcinogens. In the same way that fungi thrive on decaying matter, mushrooms seem to have an affinity for stagnant areas of the body, and work to help clear these areas. They act like “sponges” for toxic materials, and with all their other important benefits, mushrooms can be excellent aids to any detoxification program.
Many species are also shown to be an important source of prebiotics — food for human microflora — effectively promoting a healthy microbiome. This translates to digestive benefits, immune support and more.
One preclinical study published in June 2018 by the Journal of Functional Foods, showed that white button mushrooms support metabolic health by providing a source of prebiotic fuel for beneficial microbiota involved in glucose metabolism and homeostasis.
Matching medicinal mushrooms to your needs
As research continues to highlight the remarkable potential of mushroom species to promote long-term wellness, more natural health seekers and medical professionals are turning to this rich pharmacopeia for enhanced vitality and longevity.
According to the 2018 Supplement Business Report, the demand for mushroom supplements in the US grew by more than 10% over the previous year.
There are more than 270 types of medicinal mushrooms with multiple benefits to specific areas of health. So how do you know where to get started to boost your health?
For daily wellness, I recommend a comprehensive supplement combining ten organically grown mushroom species and additional beta-glucans.
Here are some top recommended species and how they help:
- Agaricus blazei promotes immunity by supporting the actions of interferons and interleukins, proteins that modulate immunity and respond to threats. Many preclinical studies have demonstrated its ability to support cellular health. Agaricus also helps to promote healthy cholesterol and blood sugar.
- Cordyceps sinensis energizes phagocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells. It also supports healthy cholesterol.
- Coriolus versicolor is recommended for its cellular health activities. This mushroom has also been shown to support conventional protocols, such as radiation.
- Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) supports healthy cholesterol, promotes circulation and oxygenation of the blood.
- Grifola frondosa (Maitake) supports cellular health, blood pressure, blood glucose metabolism and liver function.
Mushrooms don’t always get included in the superfood conversation, but they’re clearly some of the world’s most treasured natural health resources.
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