How Can a Mushroom Tincture Support Health and Wellbeing?
The days are shorter, the wind blows chillier, and the frost settles each evening. Here in Western Massachusetts, at Mushroom Revival, we are moving into winter, one day at a time. Along with bringing out the winter coats and layering up, we can prepare for the winter using herbs and mushrooms. Learn about how adding a mushroom tincture into your routine can support your winter wellness.
Winter wellness is about nourishing your body and mind so you can embrace the winter and prevent sickness. The best time to prevent a seasonal illness is now. Bringing herbs and mushrooms into your daily routine can provide you with a boost of health benefits, especially for your immune system.
How a Mushroom Tincture Can Support the Immune System
Since before recorded history, mushrooms have been used in many folk and medicinal traditions around the world. The healing traditions of Ancient China brought us Reishi and Cordyceps, and Chaga comes from Siberia where it was used to reduce tumor growth. Recorded use of mushrooms exists in all parts of the world where mushrooms grow, including North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Modern research is now exploring the science behind how these mushrooms elicit such an effect on the body, affirming their traditional uses for the immunity and longevity of body and mind.
Mushrooms contain compounds called polysaccharides. Beta-glucans are one of the many polysaccharides abundant in mushrooms, and one of the reasons mushrooms help strengthen the immune system, research suggests. Polysaccharides bind to specific membrane receptors of phagocytic cells and natural killer (NK) cells, stimulating their germ-killing abilities. (1) Beta-glucans interact with several immune cells to activate their scavenging processes and protect the body from invading pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites, and malignant cells. Different mushrooms contain different types of polysaccharides, including different types of beta-glucans, which support the body’s defense mechanisms and activate the immune system.
We’ve formulated the perfect go-to for healthy immunity and symptom reduction. It’s called Mushroom Immunity. This potent blend of seven medicinal mushrooms and five healing herbs is a wonderful ally to keep on hand. Mushroom Immunity contains mushrooms such as Turkey Tail, Maitake, and Chaga, which have demonstrated immune-stimulating and free-radical scavenging properties. Taking one or two dropperfuls daily will support the immune system and kill pesky microbes that could make you sick. People around you may be sneezing and sniffling, but you don’t have to be. Try our Mushroom Immunity tincture this winter to stay healthy and happy!
This Winter, Take Time to Nourish Yourself
Vitamin D plays a big role in maintaining a healthy mindset and mood. Studies show that insufficient exposure to sunlight plays a role in seasonal depression. Over 40% of Americans are deficient in the ‘sunshine molecule’, so take the time to get outside. With a limited amount of sunlight in a winter’s day, try to find ways to make the hours count! Take a walk, bring your work outside, or sit near a sunny window. Studies show that exposing mushrooms like portobello and shiitake to UV rays can increase their levels of vitamin D. Place your mushrooms out in the sunlight for a few minutes before you cook them up to give yourself a boost of this necessary vitamin.
Try a mushroom broth this winter! It is the perfect addition to a winter diet because it’s packed with minerals, vitamins, fats, and proteins. Check out this recipe for reishi mushroom broth to sip on this winter.
What’s YOUR favorite winter wellness practice? Let us know in the comments below! We wish you a wonderful winter full of seasonal cheer and wellness! Are you interested in learning more about medicinal mushrooms, health practices and bio-hacking? Join the Mushroom Revival family on instagram, facebook and youtube! Stock up now! Give your family the gift of health with Mushroom Revival tinctures and powders.
(1) – The Healing Powers of Mushrooms by Dr. George Halpern
(2) – Medicinal Mushrooms by Christopher Hobbs