It’s that time of year – both for seasonal colds and flus as well as for the abundance of wild mushrooms. Is it a coincidence that mushrooms proliferate during the time of year when our immune system most benefits from them*? Mushrooms contain powerful molecules that enhance immunity*. Several substances have been identified which aid human health including ergosterols, beta-glucans, and tripertines*. Long know to Eastern medical traditions, mushrooms contain potent molecules not readily found in other plants.
Western medicine is just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to utilization of mushrooms for human health.
When purchasing a mushroom product, one should look for organic or at least use those that are tested for contaminants. Many mushroom products come from China where quality and contamination may be an issue. There are a variety of ways to grow and process mushrooms. Researchers are still trying to determine which methods yield the best results for human health.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.