Mushrooms are for more than adding to soups and side dishes. They are a food that provides the body not only with nutrients, but also with therapeutic benefits as well.
Modern science is beginning to reveal all the different ways these mushrooms are beneficial to the body. There are mushrooms that destroy viruses, bacteria, and yeast. There are mushrooms that target cancer cells, boost the immune system, and even facilitate nerve regeneration. (Mercola, 2011)
Today I want to share what I’ve found on using mushrooms to help the immune system. Cold and flu season is coming, and if you’re like me, a mama with lots of little ones in the house, you can use all the immune boosting help you can get!
Mycology is the study of mushrooms. There are over 1,000,000 mushrooms growing on earth, 140,000 of which have been named. Out of these 140,000 named fungi, 700 are edible and 400 have been shown to contain medicinal activity. (North American Mycological Association)
Mushrooms are very nutritional. Many contain vitamin d and some of the b vitamins, minerals like selenium, copper, and potassium, as well as betaglucans and polyphenols. They also act as prebiotics to probiotics, working to keep the gut healthy and functioning normally.
Where do all these nutrients come from? Well most medicinal mushrooms grow on the bark of certain trees where they absorb nutrients and concentrate those nutrients in their tissues. These mushrooms are harvested, dried, and sold in whole or sliced form to be used in foods or for tincturing, or they’re powdered and sold in capsules. Either way you use them, you’re getting the benefits of these amazing fungi.