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Immunity Booster: Medicinal Mushrooms

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Cold and Flu season is here in full force.  I recently asked our certified nutritionist about the best natural products to help my body build immunity AND fight free radicals.

The first item on his list was Medicinal mushrooms.

Reishi mushrooms (also called several other spelling/names, including Reashi, Ganoderma lucidum, Basidiomycetes Mushroom) are powerful immunity booster and antioxidant.

Here’s what WebMD has to say:

Reishi mushroom is used for boosting the immune system; viral infections such as the flu (influenza), swine flu, and avian flu; lung conditions including asthma and bronchitis; heart disease and contributing conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol; kidney disease; cancer; and liver disease. It is also used for HIV/AIDS, altitude sickness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), trouble sleeping (insomnia), stomach ulcers, poisoning, and herpes pain. Other uses include reducing stress and preventing fatigue.

In combination with other herbs, reishi mushroom is used to treat prostate cancer.

How does it work?  Reishi mushroom contains chemicals that seem to have a variety of potentially beneficial effects, including activity against tumors (cancer) and beneficial effects on the immune system. 1

One of the active ingredients in these mushrooms is Beta Glucan.  Beta-Glucan has “immunostimulatory and anti-tumor activities.”2

In simple words, the stuff stimulates your immune system to work harder, killing off the bad stuff that gets into your body.

Here are some products available at Vitamin Mom that can give you the benefits of the Beta-Glucan and Medicinal Mushrooms.

Solaray Reishi Mushroom

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Host Defense Reishi Mushroom
Turkey Tail Immune Support
Turkey Tail Immune Support
MyCommunity Immune Support
MyCommunity Immune Support
Stamets 7 General Immune Support
Stamets 7 General Immune Support

Not into ‘shrooms?  Check out these other natural products that boost your immunity:

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This entry was posted on December 29, 2013 by in Nutrition, Uncategorized.
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