There is another exciting emerging supplement that can be a very helpful adjunct to supporting your immune system, and that's mushrooms.
Over 300 different species of mushrooms are now believed to have human health-promoting potential. Evidence continues to emerge, confirming how mushrooms' proteins, trace minerals, polysaccharides, amino acids and fiber support overall health by:
- Promoting normal cellular growth
- Protecting against environmental stressors
- Supporting your body's normal detoxification process
- Supporting healthy gut flora
- Promoting optimal digestion
While most people think only of eating the fleshy fruiting body of the mushroom, meaning the part you see growing above ground, most of the magic in the mushroom is actually located in their complex root structure that grows underground, called the mycelium, which can be up to 95 percent of a mushroom's total biomass.
Beta glucans and proteoglycans are the primary biologically active compounds in the mushroom fruit body and mycelia that support your immune system.
Beta glucans are chains of polysaccharides, and proteoglycans are special proteins, often found in connective tissue. The beta glucans found in mushrooms are large and complex long-chain molecules. What sets certain beta glucans apart are their unique side-branching patterns. Just like a key and lock, the beta glucan compounds in mushrooms "fit" perfectly with cellular receptor sites that support your immune system.
A supplement containing a blend of medicinal mushrooms is best.
- echinacea, goldenseal, elderberry extract
- vitamin C acerola
- oregano oil
- olive leaf extract