Your most powerful health resource is a swift and intelligent immune system, and beneficial mushrooms can play an important role. Mushrooms have been used in traditional healing for thousands of years and now modern research is substantiating and expanding their numerous indications.
Medicinal mushrooms are rich sources of unique nutrients and compounds that support wellness and longevity through diverse mechanisms, including the famed ability to enhance immunity. But rather than simply boost the immune system, beneficial mushrooms actually work to modulate it. In other words, they “train” immune cells to respond appropriately to various triggers. This helps prevent the immune system from either under-reacting or overreacting.
Thanks to a growing body of published data, we’re learning more about the remarkable and diverse benefits of medicinal mushrooms. For example, mushrooms are shown to support cardiovascular health, blood pressure and cholesterol. They can also promote oxygenation and circulation, enhance vital energy, support cognitive health, metabolic efficiency, and more.
Mushrooms are also natural detoxifiers, helping to cleanse accumulated waste, dead tissues and potential carcinogens. In the same way that fungi thrive on decaying matter, beneficial mushrooms have an affinity for stagnant regions of the body that lack circulation, and help to clear these areas of waste. They act like “sponges” for toxic materials, making an excellent addition to any detoxification program.
Many species are also shown to be an important source of prebiotics — food for human microflora — effectively promoting a healthy microbiome. This translates to digestive benefits, immune support and more.
One preclinical study, published June 2018 in the Journal of Functional Foods
, showed that white button mushrooms support metabolic health by providing a source of prebiotic fuel for beneficial microbiota involved in glucose metabolism and homeostasis.
There are more than 270 types of medicinal mushrooms with multiple benefits to specific areas of health. Here are some of the top recommended species:
- Agaricus blazei promotes immunity by supporting the actions of interferons and interleukins, proteins that modulate immunity and respond to threats. Many preclinical studies have demonstrated its ability to support cellular health. Agaricus also helps promote healthy cholesterol and blood sugar.
- Cordyceps sinensis energizes phagocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells. It also supports healthy cholesterol.
- Coriolus versicolor is recommended for its cellular health activities. This mushroom has also been shown to support conventional protocols, such as radiation.
- Ganoderma lucidum supports healthy cholesterol, promotes circulation and oxygenation of the blood, among other important benefits.
- Grifola frondosa supports cellular health, blood pressure, blood glucose metabolism and liver function.
According to the 2018 Supplement Business Report, the demand for mushroom supplements in the US grew by more than 10 percent over the previous year.
As research continues to highlight the remarkable potential of mushrooms to promote long-term wellness, more medical professionals and health seekersare turning to this as a rich pharmacopeia for enhanced vitality and longevity.
For daily wellness, ecoNugenics recommends Ten Mushroom Formula®
. This comprehensive, everyday formula combines ten organically-grown mushroom species together with additional beta-glucans. Ten Mushroom Formula offers broad-spectrum nourishment and support for immunity and total-body health.*
For more powerful, active immune support, ecoNugenics recommends MycoPhyto® Complex
, a blend of six mushroom species grown on a medium of immune-supportive botanicals. This unique cultivation method fortifies the mushrooms with additional benefits, to deliver targeted immune support when you need it most.*
All of ecoNugenics mushroom-derived formulas contain full-spectrum mycelium grown in carefully-controlled indoor environments in the United States.
Medicinal mushrooms aren’t always included in the “Superfood” conversation. However, factoring in their potent immune, antioxidant and cellular health benefits, nutrition quotient, and more, these remarkable fungi are among the world’s most functional foods and treasured natural solutions.