You Asked, We Answered: Do Mushrooms Support Your Immune System?*

Do mushrooms help support your immune system?*

Mushrooms are our business — and our passion. We grow and pick mushrooms, cook with them sometimes drink them, and we extract them (of course) into high quality tinctures. For fun, we even “hunt” them in the forest and on fallen logs. We could harp on fungi all day, every day. One of the most common questions we hear is: Do mushrooms help support your immune system?* This blog will answer that question — and introduce you to some of our favorite types of fungi.

What’s inside mushrooms?

To get to the root of the question “do mushrooms help support your immune system?” you have to take a look inside.* From white buttons and morels to shiitake and lion’s mane, mushrooms contain several varieties of carbohydrates, including starch and a type of complex carbohydrate (also known as a polysaccharide) called 1,3 1,6 beta – glycans. 1.3 1.6 Beta-glucans have been extensively studied and are also found in the cell walls of lichens. They are named based on their branching structure. mushrooms contain β-glucans 1-6. Research shows that beta-glucans may support the immune system, including your immune cells, and may promote healthy cell renewal and growth.* Certain mushrooms also have unique polysaccharides, such as the lentinan found in Shiitakes or PSK in Turkey Queues. Mushrooms also contain components such as terpenes and steroids, which may also support the immune system.* Other active ingredients in mushrooms include terpenes in Reishihericenones in Lion’s Mane, and cordycepin in Cordyceps. Due to their beta-glucan content, all mushrooms are considered immune-supporting.*

Types of Mushrooms That May Offer Immune Support*

Some mushrooms may support the immune system from an “offensive” perspective (such as Cordyceps, Shiitake, and Turkey Tail), while others play “defense,” just like different aspects of your immune system.* Other mushrooms are immune-stimulating, that is, they support the system in general or specific parts.* Reishi, Cordyceps, and Shiitake are tonic mushrooms that can support the immune system.* Adaptive — including Cordyceps and Reishi — also support the immune system because they can support the body’s natural response to occasional stress by supporting the endocrine system.* Here’s a list of some of the most common immune-supporting mushrooms.* The next time you hear someone ask, “Do mushrooms help support your immune system?” you can share this list with them!

  1. Chaga (Inonotus oblique)
  2. Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)
  3. Maitake (Grifola I cared)
  4. Meshima (Fellinos linteus)
  5. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
  6. Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
  7. Turkey Tail (Tramets versicolor)

We combine all seven of these mushrooms with three more of our own favorite mushrooms for your healthin Daily 10.* This certified organic blend is available as a tincture.

So there you have it: Do mushrooms support your immune system?* Only you can decide, but we think it’s definitely worth making part of your regular healthy habits.*

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