Mushrooms to Help Keep Your Immunity In Check During Winter

Winter can take a toll on our immune systems. It bears the brunt of winter’s wet and cold weather, diminished daylight, and overexposure to stuffy indoor air. It works extra-hard this time of year to help protect you from infection while faced with environmental, physical and mental stressors.
There are lots of vitamins and supplements you can take during this time but there’s one that might surprise you: mushrooms. Mushrooms are recognised for many medicinal functions, including immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties.1 This isn’t a new discovery, either. The benefits of mushrooms when it comes to immunity have stood the test of time for centuries. They gave strength to Ancient Greek warriors and are treasured as an “elixir of life” in traditional Chinese culture. 1 Here are six of the best mushrooms for your immune system. 
The “mushroom of immortality”, most commonly known as reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to improve health and longevity.1 It is one of the most studied and widely used of all the medicinal mushrooms and a popular remedy for chronic illness in Asia. Over 30 years of clinical research has confirmed that reishi mushrooms help boost immunity.  
Maitake (Grifolia frondosa) means “dancing mushroom” in Japanese. As an adaptogen, maitake increases the body’s resistance to stress. It is known to modulate the immune system and increase the activity of immune system cells.
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) is one of the most popular edible mushrooms with big health benefits. It has been used for hundreds of years to relieve symptoms of the common cold and has both antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. Current research is focused on shiitake’s benefits for immunity and recurrent colds and flu. 
The “caterpillar fungus” called cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) is found at high altitudes in the Himalayan mountains. Traditional healers use this unique fungus for its adaptogenic properties and to support natural stress relief.3,4
Why are mushrooms good for immunity?
One of the biggest reasons for mushrooms’ immune-enhancing properties is a group of compounds called beta glucans. These are the main type of polysaccharides (long chain carbohydrates) found in mushrooms. Beta glucans are not made by our bodies, but they are able to trigger both our innate and adaptive immune responses1
Making the most of mushrooms’ benefits
Many edible mushrooms have outstanding nutritional profiles and immune-supportive properties. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and not sure how to begin incorporating mushrooms into your diet, there’s a simple solution. 7 Mushroom Super Blend from Whole Earth & Sea® contains a blend of organic mushrooms, Wellmune® beta glucan, and our nutrient-dense Farm Fresh Factors blend to create a vital immune and energy support formula.
It contains maitake, shiitake, reishi, cordyceps, silver ear, zhuling and wolfiporia mushrooms to support immune function and support general health and wellbeing. It also works as a great natural stress relief supplement.

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