Oct 19th 2017
Many lifestyle factors can weaken your immune system. If you don't get enough sleep, lack adequate nutrients, or if you are under stress, it can weaken your immune system. That's why the old saying is true: you should strive to "eat right, get plenty of rest, and exercise." But unfortunately that is not enough.
Many people carry latent viruses they fight during their lifetime, like Herpes or Cytomegalovirus. These common infections are seen in wide segments of the population. The problem is that with aging, the immune system declines. Because the body is already taxed keeping these viruses in check, it is important to avoid other infections, and support the immune system each day.
Certain varieties of mushrooms have been shown to offer powerful health benefits. One of the most well studied is Grifola Frondosa, also known as Maitake Mushrooms. Japanese have long known that these mushrooms can enhance immunity and promote wellness. In Japan, Maitake mushrooms are often eaten in a hot soup to keep up the body's resistance, especially during winter season.
Research shows that Maitake Mushrooms can activate both innate and adaptive immune responses providing a protective effect against viruses and bacteria.
The next time you are enjoying a dish of Maitake mushrooms, know that you are also reaping the benefits of beta D-glucans and activating lymphocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells, resulting in the production of cytokines in your body, like interleukins (ILs), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF)- α, and interferon gamma (INF)-γ.
You can find Maitake Mushrooms in your local grocery, or benefit from their daily intake in an advanced nutritional supplement like MDR OnGuard which contains Maitake and Shiitake mushrooms, a Chinese fruit called Lo Han, Lotus Seed Extract and Colostrum to support immune response and help you maintain good health.