Mushroom Immunity-Learn about Medicinal Mushrooms

As we move into Novem­ber and Decem­ber the weather and sea­son starts to change cre­at­ing envi­ron­men­tal stress on the body. In addi­tion other stresses that sup­press immu­nity include: Higher sugar con­sump­tion, high stress in our job or fam­ily life and the hol­i­day sea­son. A great way to main­tain the strength of a healthy immune sys­tem, in addi­tion to a stress reliev­ing, aura build­ing and prana strength­en­ing yoga prac­tice, is a herbal sup­ple­ment called andro­graphis and a good mush­room blend.

Andro­graphis (Abdri­graphis panac­u­lata whole plant extract) is a fan­tas­tic herbal extract that sup­ports the bod­ies nat­ural abil­ity to main­tain opti­mal well­be­ing, espe­cially dur­ing the stress cre­ated by sea­sonal change. It is well known for its immune enhanc­ing abil­ity. Syn­er­gis­tic herbs that work well with Andro­graphis are isis­latis tinc­to­ria root and leaf extract, lonicera japon­ica flower extract (hon­ey­suckle) and Sam­bu­cus nigra berry (Euro­pean Elder­berry). Together these herbs assist the body in healthy immune sys­tem response.

Med­i­c­i­nal mush­rooms or other fungi restore a poorly func­tion­ing immune sys­tem, improve the out­come of seri­ous ill­nesses, sup­ports kid­ney and liver func­tion, and strength­ens car­dio­vas­cu­lar func­tion. Mush­rooms are com­plex and have many health sup­port­ing abil­i­ties. The fol­low­ing mush­rooms have been fre­quently researched and are known for there effec­tive healthy immune sys­tem response. They include: Heri­cium Erinaceous-Lions Mane extract, Corte­ceps Sinemsis-Cordyceps, Temetes Veri­color– Cori­o­lus Ver­si­color, Gri­fola Fondosa-Maitake, Gan­o­derma Lucidum-Reishi, and Lentin­ula Edodes-Shiitake. Other nota­bles include: Poria Cocos, Phel­le­nis Lin­teus Agar­i­cus Blazei, and Inono­tus Obliquos-Chaga.

Lion’s Mane–Also used in Chi­nese med­i­cine for diges­tive tract ail­ments. Recent stud­ies has shown that the poly­sacharides present in Lion’s Mane have immune enhanc­ing prop­er­ties. It is also known to help stim­u­late the pro­duc­tion of a spe­cial­ized pro­tein called nerve growth fac­tor and is nec­es­sary for the growth of sen­sory neu­rons and has been proven in an in vitro study that an extract from the mush­room pro­moted myelin sheath growth on brain cells.

Cordy­ceps–It is most know for the ben­e­fits related to ath­letic per­for­mance includ­ing increased sta­mina, energy lev­els and endurance because of its ben­e­fits related to the lungs and kid­neys. Cordy­ceps are taken by patients of hepati­tis B and dia­bet­ics. Clin­i­cal uses include-Adrenal fatigue, asthma, chronic bron­chi­tis, decreased libido, and heart health. It has also been stud­ied and shown improved tol­er­ance in com­bi­na­tion with chemother­apy and radi­a­tion treat­ments when it is affil­i­ated with the lungs.

Cori­o­lus–The most stud­ied mush­room in the world. More than 400 stud­ies have been pub­lished that show a sig­nif­i­cant immuno-modulating prop­erty in both healthy and health com­pro­mised indi­vid­u­als. The main focus of Cori­o­luss is the pro­tein bound poly­sac­cha­rides and its main com­po­nent is the beta-D-glucan. Some of the clin­i­cal uses include sup­port­ing immune response when the immune sys­tem is suppressed.

Maitake–Val­ued both as a food and as a med­i­c­i­nal sup­ple­ment in Japan. It has been used for cen­turies in Japan as an adap­ta­genic nutri­ent that bal­ances the var­i­ous sys­tems in the body. Dr. Nanba and many other researchers have iden­ti­fied sev­eral mech­a­nisms through which maitake beta glu­cans pro­vide immune sup­port. Other uses include liver health, fatigue, and blood pres­sure balance.

Reishi–This mush­room has doc­u­mented his­tory of its health ben­e­fits for over 2000 years. Reishi is con­sid­ered an adap­ta­genic nutri­ent and is the most highly regarded med­i­c­i­nal mush­room and is one of the best choices for a gen­eral health tonic to improve over­all health and increase longevity. Reishi is also help­ful for alti­tude sick­ness, car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, blood sugar bal­ance, healthy inflam­ma­tion response and healthy liver func­tion. Many of Reishi’s poly­sac­cha­rides have demon­strated immune-enhancing properties.

Shi­itake–It is best used when affil­i­ated with cold, flu, and car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. Shi­itake is not only med­i­c­i­nal but known in the West as gour­ment food. The poly­sac­cha­rides with 1–3 beta-D-glucans link­ages along with beta-1, 6 D-glucopyranoside branch­ing give it its amaz­ing response to immune suppression.

Go to my Web­site to check out the fol­low­ing great mush­room for­mu­las or go to to check out immune sup­port yoga classes and sound healing

Andro­graphis Plus, Immu­core, and Myco­taki blend.  All great prod­ucts from my meta­gen­ics web­site.  Feel free to con­tact me at to set up a free phone con­sul­ta­tion and receive a spe­cial first time dis­count and free shipping.

Med­ical Note:  Many mush­room extracts act as an immune mod­u­la­tor and should be avoided when immune sup­pres­sive agents are used in such cases as organ transplants.

Any sup­ple­ment doses are noted for adults only. This is for edu­ca­tion pur­poses only and is not intended to diag­nose, mit­i­gate, cure, or treat any dis­ease. See your health care prac­ti­tioner for any health related ill­nesses or disease.

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