Medicinal Mushrooms - fight colds and flu this winter!

Regular readers of this blog will know how important it is to me that my immune system is in tip top condition. Medicinal mushrooms were recommended to me by an acupuncturist several years ago. I have found the two I tried, cordeceps and reishi, in capsule form wonderful not only for boosting immunity and fighting off viral infections such as colds and flu, but also for helping with respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.  

Like all mushrooms, medicinal mushrooms are fungi.  

Cordeceps fungi grow on the bodies of caterpillars but the commercially produced capsules are cultivated industrially. Traditionally they were used to help with the effects of aging in particular weakness and fatigue. They have been found to be effective for chronic fatigue. Their antioxidant properties may contribute to their anti-aging effects. They may also contribute to improvements in learning and memory. Cordeceps may also reduce the risk of cancer and have beneficial cardiovascular effects.

Reishi similarly boost immunity. They grow on decaying wood. Like cordeceps they have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system in that they reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. They are thought to extend life through their antioxidant activity (reishi are the most powerful of the medicinal mushrooms in terms of anti-oxidant activity) and by helping to reduce the risk of degenerative diseases. It is this that have earned reishi the title of 'king of mushrooms'.

Please note medicinal mushrooms are not suitable if you are pregnant or if you have low blood pressure. If you have any health condition or are on any medication please consult your doctor before taking them.

For the dosage please see the manufactures instructions.

See also 'Tis the season to be healthy' for tips on avoiding colds and flu this winter.

Also 'How yoga helps boost immunity'.

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