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.
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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.