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4 Mushrooms You Need this Winter

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh

A lot of people think of mushrooms as a pizza topping but there’s so much more to this culinary delight. Recently, more research is showing the medicinal benefits of mushrooms. Especially, when it comes to our immune system. This cold and flu season, see what all the magic is about with these mushrooms.

Agaricus Blazei Murrill Mushroom is an edible Brazilian mushroom with a low caloric content and high nutrient density. Agaricus, nicknamed “God’s Mushroom” due to its near-miraculous curative benefits for the afflicted, has been used for generations by people looking to combat chronic and acute allergies, stress, and chronic fatigue, as well as to treat a litany of diseases and disorders relating to the immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems.

Shiitake (for centuries referred to as the “Elixir of Life”) is rich in several anti-oxidants. Mainly known for their immune system support, the shiitake variety of mushroom contains lentinan, which helps strengthen the immune system so that it can better fight off disease and infection. According to the American Cancer Society, lentinan is believed to stop or slow tumor growth, too, though it notes that more clinical trials are needed to fully gauge the mushrooms’ effectiveness. The shiitake also contains a compound called D-Eritadenine (DEA), which has been known to lower cholesterol and support cardiovascular health.

Maitake, also known as “hen of the woods”, are a large species of mushroom native to Japan, North America and Europe. Often found growing in clumps around the base of oak trees, maitake can reach a weight of 50 pounds. Scientific studies show the extract of this highly prized edible mushroom to have potential benefits for stabilizing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promoting healthy immune functions and aiding in cancer treatment and prevention.

Reishi are hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings”. The reishi more than lives up to its lofty reputation by helping boost the immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.


One Response to “4 Mushrooms You Need this Winter”

  1. Sammy says:

    I have been using a shiitake/maitake blend made by Natures Way for almost 20 years and this is the best immune booster I have found anywhere! It has helped my fight off colds and last year I believe I was coming down with the flu and it warded it off. I believe the studies I have seen recommend taking around 1000mg a day. I personally take 2-3 pills (200 mg each) 2-3x a day at the first signs of a cold (i.e. itchy throat, stuffy nose, etc.) and continue to take it 2 days after symptoms are gone (very important!). From what I understand this is very dosage dependent. So if one dose doesn’t seem to be helping…then increase it! No known side effects or contraindications that I have found/read. I used to work 2 jobs (one with children) and being sick was just miserable as I still had to go to work. Once I started using this I was able to “control” being sick and I pray to God the company never stops making it! Use it for any illness that grows stronger on a weak system. I saw documentation indicating it was used for cancer and HIV patients as well and possibly herpes. Don’t believe if you don’t want to….but you’d be a fool not to try it. =)

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