Support Your Immune System and Gut Health with Medicinal Mushrooms for Immunity

In the coming weeks, many of us will be spending a lot of time inside, surrounded by family and friends, gathering around a warm fire or a dinner table. We will be sharing company, food and hopefully some good laughs in close quarters with others. Protect yourself and those you love with mushrooms for immunity this winter!

Adaptogenic, Prebiotic Mushrooms for Immunity

Mushrooms are wonderful adaptogens, which help to support homeostasis in the body and aid in adapting to stress by supporting the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. As immuno-modulators, mushrooms can stimulate immune responses and protect against a number of pathogens through constituents like polysaccharides, including beta-glucans. 

Mushrooms really are the new superfood! As natural prebiotics, which feed and promote the activity of the good bacteria in your gut, mushrooms can support healthy digestion. We often eat rich foods during these colder months, stuffing our bellies full of relatives’ special recipes. The immune system and gut mutually regulate each other, supporting the tolerance of helpful bacteria, and protecting against harmful bacteria.[1] Mushrooms can support healthy detoxification and elimination, and since the majority of our immune system lives in the gut, gut health is directly related to immune health. Mushrooms for immunity are the perfect gift this holiday season!

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Meet the Mushrooms that Provide Immune System Support

Our immune system is a group of cells and molecules that help to defend and protect us from foreign and threatening microbes. At Mushroom Revival, we use ten different mushrooms that have many different functions, and supporting the immune system is one of the key functions of all of them!

As an immuno-modulator and stimulant, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) can increase the level and activity of various immune cells such as T-cells and cytokines, which alert the immune system of a foreign invader. Reishi has been shown to contain antimicrobial (antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial) and anti-inflammatory properties against a number of pathogens. 

Turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor) and Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa) both contain strong immunomodulatory constituents like polysaccharides and beta-glucans, which can stimulate the immune system by increasing macrophages (immune cells that destroy foreign organisms). That’s why we include these mushrooms for immunity in our formulas.

Cordyceps militaris, the mushroom we grow in-house with lots of love, is known to contain anti-viral properties, supporting the immune system in fighting off respiratory diseases and chronic viral infections.

Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is a popular mushroom for its gut-immune connection. Scientific studies have shown that this powerful adaptogen supports healthy detoxification, stimulates immune response and can reduce inflammation with potent antioxidant compounds. For more information check out this blog post!

Another mushroom that shows a strong connection between the gut and immune health is Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes). Shiitake has been compared to a natural antibiotic, improving gut immunity and decreasing inflammation with impressive antiviral, anti-microbial, and anti-candida properties.

Mushrooms for Immunity are the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season

Protect your gut health and immunity during the season of overindulgence and share the gift of health with friends and family. When your gut is working efficiently and your immune system is easily dealing with threatening microbes, you will have more energy to enjoy this holiday season! To find some of these mushrooms, check out our Mush 10 tincture and Mush 10 powder. We use 10 different mushrooms in these blends to support the immune system and microbiome health. 

Also try our Mushroom Immunity formula, with seven different mushrooms and five healing herbs crafted to support resistance. Find out more about this blend with our blog post! Spread the word and the spores!  Follow our insta and become a part of the myco-family at Mushroom Revival!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources:

  1. Medicinal Mushrooms – Ancient Remedies for Modern Ailments, Halpern & Miller
  2. Medicinal Mushrooms – An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture
  3. https://neurohacker.com/how-the-gut-microbiota-influences-our-immune-system

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