Mushrooms are known to boost immunity, provide energy, and inhibit the grown of some malignant tumors, among other health benefits. However, the most common types of mushrooms found in supermarkets, such as white, brown/button, are not the best choice as far as medicinal benefits. So, let’s look at 5 mushrooms that can help boost immunity and provide other health benefits.
Maitake is recognized by the American Cancer Society to boost immunity and limit and even reverse tumor growth. These powerful mushrooms are high in beta glucans, helpful sugars found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and algae. Research shows beta glucans have immune-system enhancing effects and may also help control both high blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Beta glucans work by stimulating the immune system to activate certain cells and proteins that attack cancer and pathogens that don’t belong in a healthy body. Maitake is an excellent choice to boost immunity in those with chronic fatigue syndrome.
A popular mushroom and easily found in grocery stores, shiitake contains a number of health-stimulating agents including the powerful beta glucans. Plus, shiitake mushrooms contain B vitamins, such as B2, B5 and B6, and tons of minerals including selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc, making this delicious mushroom a great food defense against virus and inflammation.
Known as the mushroom that can fight cancer, Reishi is strictly a medicinal mushroom that can boost immune function tremendously and is often used to prevent and treat the flu and other lung conditions like asthma and bronchitis. Reishi contains compounds that may help reduce the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another cancer-fighting substance in Reishi is canthaxanthin.
Cordyceps is used as a tonic and great to treat general weakness. Known to enhance energy, strength, endurance and stamina, this mushroom has the ability to improve oxygen uptake, assisting in the synthesis of ATP. A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has also hypoglycemic and antidepressant effects and can help normalize cholesterol levels.
5. Turkey Tail
A purely medicinal mushroom, Turkey Tail is also known as coriolis, or cloud mushroom and is known to boost immunity. Studies have shown that Turkey Tail can help improve immune function with no adverse effects when dosed daily to women with stage I–III breast cancer.
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