The Amazing Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms That You May Not Have Heard About
We live in a day and time when more and more attention is being focused on “traditional” medicine and the effectiveness of healing medicinal plants. This is knowledge and practice that has been handed down (in many cases) for thousands of years. It is turning out that those who research these ancient remedies are often surprised and impressed by the amazing benefits they discover.
Botanical remedies are demonstrating strong health enhancement and disease fighting capabilities. Observations in controlled tests as well as obvious changes in peoples’ lives back up what many have known for centuries. It seems that with the advent of modern science, thinking shifted from using traditional remedies more to commercial preparations. Certainly, much of this shift in focus was due to increased need for getting medications out to the masses efficiently, but today we’re seeing a renewed interest in the traditional remedies.
Medicinal mushrooms are a perfect example of traditional therapies which have been used effectively for thousands of years. Research and common practice shows that many mushroom species are quite effective in fighting certain modern ills related to the “big three of modern life” – stress, toxins, and unhealthy lifestyles.
We aren’t sure how the healing benefits of mushrooms were discovered. Nonetheless, the fact is that mushrooms contain an amazing variety of healing compounds that aid in protecting and promoting health over the long term. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and lipids found in mushrooms just scratch the surface.
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Medicinal mushrooms have been found to:
- Reduce blood pressure.
- Lower cholesterol
- Increase circulation.
- Enhance oxygen use.
- Protect against radiation damage.
- Neutralize free radicals.
- Detoxify the body.
- Fight cancer.
- Support metabolism.
- Protect against heart disease.
Mushrooms also benefit digestion, cognitive function and hormone balance. In fact, they may be the world’s first “smart” drugs — sensing where the body is injured or performing poorly and targeting that specific area or function for improvement. For example, they seem to seek out places in the body where heavy metals and toxins have accumulated and work to detoxify, repair and strengthen tissues.
Perhaps their most amazing benefit is how mushrooms interact with the immune system. They aren’t immune system boosters, per se, they’re immune systemoptimizers.
Immune System Training
Mushroom cell walls contain a family of carbohydrates called beta-glucans, compounds with a powerful impact on the immune response. These molecules bind to macrophages, part of the innate immune system, and work to energize them. In addition, beta-glucans interact with lymphocytes, T cells, Natural Killer cells and others immune components to enhance functionality.
The relationships between mushrooms and immunity are complex. It would be simplistic, and accurate, to say that mushrooms increase the immune response. But in fact, there’s more going on. The active ingredients in mushrooms seem to modulate, or essentially train the immune system, so that it functions appropriately and neither underreacts nor overreacts to a perceived threat.
This is apparent in how mushrooms affect people with different immunity issues. While they have been shown to benefit people who have suppressed immunity, mushrooms also help people who struggle with the opposite problem: autoimmune disease.
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