The use of mushrooms in a therapeutic capacity dates back thousands of years across many cultures throughout the world including Europe, China and Japan. In fact the same mushrooms that are recorded in Ancient Chinese herbal texts from 200AD are still in use today.
The Magical properties of Medicinal mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms contain many biologically active compounds which can positively enhance our wellness. However of these compounds, the polysaccharide (in particular beta-glucans) are the most widespread and appear to be the most important therapeutically, and in particular, in respect to their positive effect on our immune system.
Medicinal mushrooms help support your immune system on a number of levels.
You may be familiar with some of the most popular traditional medicinal mushrooms which include the Shiitake mushroom, (Lentinula edodes), the Reiishi mushroom(Ganoderma lucidum), Cordyceps sinensis (caterpillar mushroom), Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus), Snow fungus and Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), Maitake (Grifola frondosa) which contain antioxidants, essential minerals selenium and copper, vitamin D, B vitamins and fibre.
Medicinal Mushrooms are used in our treatment protocols to:
- support healthy immune system functioning by strengthening the body’s defences
- relieve the symptoms of colds and mild upper respiratory tract infections
- strengthen the lungs for the relief of coughs and help to resolve phlegm
- help increase energy and resistance to stress due to fatigue
- to support you in times of chronic immune conditions
Is your immune system unhappy?
Signs of an unhappy immune system include decreased resistance to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, prolonged recovery after illness and a feeling of being tired and run down.
There are many factors that can influence the health of your immune system: excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates and sugars, processed foods or alcohol, environmental toxins and pollutants, certain medications or pre-existing health conditions and gastrointestinal disturbances to name a few.
Mushrooms – our Fungi friends
If you feel you could do with some extra immune support leading into Winter it may be time to incorporate a little mushroom magic. Not only do Medicinal Mushrooms enhance our innate ability to fight off coughs and colds, as immune modulators they can also be used for allergies, hayfever, chronic or acute inflammation, fatigue, brain function, nervous system support and gut dysbiosis. Mushrooms can also improve gut health through their activity as a prebiotic, encouraging beneficial bacteria population growth, improving numerous aspects of health.
As an ‘all-round’ elixir for immune health medicinal mushrooms are now readily available in supplement form, or you can enjoy them in bone broths, as well as powders to enjoy in choc-lattes.
We can’t get enough of the beautiful immune, tonic and convalescent properties of Medicinal Mushrooms.
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Now is the time to optimise your health leading in to Winter. The Mammoth Health consulting Naturoapths are now working with their patients to incorporate individualised Winter health protocols so they can enjoy a healthy and stress-free Winter. If you would like to live with optimal health this Winter book an appointment and start living your Best Life Now. Book your Consultation Now
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