Mushrooms for an Immune Boost
There are several mushrooms that
I recommend for strengthening immunity and as a treatment
strategy. Some are in supplement form and others can be used as
is a powerful tonic for lung and kidneys. It is also known as
caterpillar fungus and is an ancient Chinese tonic. Research
has shown that extractions of Cordyceps inhibit growth of
microorganisms and diseases causing fungi. It has a marked
bronchodilation effect and increases the effects of adrenaline.
Cordyceps PS improves lung function and addresses asthma,
wheezing, chronic cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It strengthens resistance to disease, boosts the immune system,
and enhances athletic performance.
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strengthens immune function, is
useful for chronic bronchitis and asthma, improves oxygen
utilization and athletic performance. This formula contains
Cordyceps as a main ingredient along with supporting herbs
including ganoderma mushroom which has potent immune regulating
effects. Ganoderma is traditionally used to protect the liver
from damage, reduce the symptoms of hepatitis, and lower liver
enzyme levels. Cordyseng also includes astragalus and licorice
for their anti viral and immune potentiating activity; and
American Ginseng and ginger to support digestive functions.
This formula strengthens spleen, stomach, kidney, and lung and
combines four mushrooms known to
have immune system regulating functions. It combines red
ganoderma which is stronger than the common black cultured
ganoderma; polyporus, a relative of maitake mushrooms, which is
anti-inflammatory and a source of tumor-inhibiting
polysaccharides; tremella which moistens the lung, nourishes the
stomach, and produces fluids; and poria which is a digestive
aid. The combination of these mushrooms are an effective Qi (chee)
tonic. This is a great energy formula and is useful for those
with weak immunity, allergies, asthma, prolonged colds and flu
and asthma. It is also useful for autoimmune disorders, such as
MS or lupis.
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Maiitake and shiitake
mushrooms are two of the
strongest immune tonics and are commonly used as a food rather
than a supplement. The dried varieties are more intense in
flavor and nutrients. They can be hydrated and used like fresh
mushrooms in soups, stir-fries, whole grain dishes, sauces, and
vegetable dishes. The more finely they are sliced, the more
flavor they will absorb. Use one ounce of dried mushrooms for
each 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms called for in a recipe.
Mushrooms, when eaten, absorb and
safely eliminate toxins including fat in the blood, pathogens,
and excess mucus in the respiratory system. They are high in
protein, zinc, and vitamin B2. Mushrooms improve cellular
oxygenation and enhance immunity.
Maitake contains Beta 1,
6-Glucan, a potent immunostimulant helping to neutralize tumors
and ameliorate cancer, AIDS, chronic fatigue, and obesity. It
lowers blood pressure and benefits diabetes by lowering blood
glucose. This mushroom was historically valued for promoting
Shiitake are said to be a natural
source of interferon, a protein which appears to induce an
immune response against cancer and viral diseases. They
strengthen, detoxify, and restore. They have proven
pharmacological effects as immune regulators and antiviral and
antitumor agents, and they improve the cardiovascular system.
Shiitake treats diseases involving depressed immune function,
including cancer, AIDS, environmental allergies, candida
infections, and frequent colds and flu. They soothe bronchial
inflammation and reduce chronic high cholesterol.
Top quality shiitake mushrooms
are called donko and are more costly because they are grown
outdoors on hardwood. Most commercial shiitake, especially
those found in discount stores, are grown in a few weeks in warm
conditions on artificial substrate. The commercial variety
have no therapeutic benefit. Fresh shiitake do not have the same
healing benefits as the dried variety.
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