As we get older, we may begin to notice that our immune systems don’t function quite as well as they used to. It is important to give your body the immune support that it needs to stay strong. The easiest way to do that of course is to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet, full of fruits and vegetables. Beyond that however, there are other ways to give yourself an extra boost. One of the world’s natural secrets for boosting your body’s immunity are mushrooms! Culinary mushrooms of all kinds (reishi, chaga, and lion’s mane just to name a few) are packed with good stuff for your body and your mind.
Medicinal mushrooms are pros at regulating our immune systems. They have a balancing effect on our bodies and can be powerful aides for fighting off illnesses. Mushrooms contain beta-glucans which counteract inflammation. Many mushrooms also have a delicious flavor and can be used easily in cooking countless dishes. Common mushrooms that you may already cook with such as shitake and maitake also carry powerful immunity effects.
Even if you don’t enjoy the taste of mushrooms there are ways that you can include them into your diet for the medicinal properties. You can make or buy tinctures, powders, or even capsules. You can mix a tincture with water or another liquid and drink them or mix the powder into a delicious fruit smoothie. It is believed that taking different mushrooms in conjunction with one another can be more effective than taking one at a time. There are supplements that combine multiple mushrooms into one capsule for you so that you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect blend. Mushrooms such as chaga, reishi, turkey tail, shitake, maitake, lion’s mane and cordyceps all have immune-balancing effects and are packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body.
Mushrooms Enhance Mental Function
When taking mushrooms for an immunity boost, you are likely to also experience other positive effects. Mushrooms are proven to aid in cognition, mood, and energy. Each type of mushroom has its own specific benefit, so you can find the perfect mushroom supplement to help aid you in your overall well-being. A natural antidepressant and immunity booster, mushrooms are truly some of the most effective ways to stay healthy during these times. Mushrooms provide unique support to help us cope with environmental stressors.
At California Chef we incorporate mushrooms into many of our prepared meals. Ask about what dishes we make that include mushrooms!