medicinalmushroomsEvery day, mushrooms are widely talked about in the newspapers, magazines and television. Commonly, we hear that mushrooms are good for you. There is a countless number of over-the-counter products that broadcast their contents having mushrooms in them. When we think of food, often we can visualize mushrooms in salads, pasta dishes, casseroles and even on top of our pizza.

Maitake mushroom is specifically recommended for the gastro-intestinal system. It is very effective in aiding the digestive system of the stomach and intestines. The Maitake mushroom is well known for its cancer fighting properties.This mushroom contains grifolan, a beta-glucan polysaccharide. Research has shown that grifolan has activated cells of the immune system. Maitake mushrooms have been shown to help with the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite and hair. Recent evidence also points to the Maitake mushroom as being effective in Type II diabetes in helping to control blood sugar levels. Many doctors in Japan have used the Maitake mushroom to lower blood pressure and lower blood lipids in cardiovascular patients.

The Reishi mushroom promotes respiratory health. This mushroom was well-regarded as the wellness tonic in ancient China. Recently the Reishi mushroom is making the news reports as is the Red Reishi. It has shown to have a positive effect on lowering bad cholesterol without the side effects of the cholesterol lowering drugs.

Shiitake mushrooms are specific for the treatment of nutritional deficiencies and liver ailments. They have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties. Shiitake mushrooms are used nutritionally to fight viruses, lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, an immunostimulant that has been used to treat cancer, AIDS, diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Mushrooms offer many benefits in maximizing immune health. In certain diseases mushrooms may offer the first line of defense. When taking mushrooms remember the following:

  1. Take the supplements twice a day.
  2. Take the supplements morning and evening.
  3. Always take the mushrooms on an empty stomach. Which is considered 30 minutes before meals and two hours after.

As with any supplement or medicinal plant, always check with your doctor before taking.