Boost Immunity for Colds and Flu With Mushroom Supplements

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When finding yourself stocking up on tissues, over the counter medications and lozenges, then you know its cold and flu season. The average adult comes down with 1-5 colds per year and can take any able body out of commission for 10-14 days. Easing the discomfort of a cold or flu is possible, but the best way to handle the ailments may be to prevent them in the first place. While there are several medications and alternative therapies to prevent colds and flu bugs, medicinal mushrooms may outshine all when it comes to strengthening the immune system.

Over 30 species of mushrooms are currently available for use in supplements, according to the web site, Usually, a quality mushroom supplement will blend at least 6 potent varieties of medicinal mushrooms. The most common fungi found in the therapies are turkey tail, reishi, cordyceps and maitake. The mushrooms all are recognized for their ability to strengthen the immune system by promoting natural killer cell function. Taking a mushroom complex daily is beneficial, due to the synergy effect of mushrooms. Mushrooms absorb from each other as well as from the soil they are grown in. It is crucial to purchase an organic supplement since polluting soil toxins are soaked up into the mushroom.

Turkey Tail is a potent mushroom prized for its beta glucan polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are “essential sugars” in the body that aid in activating immunity in the body. Clinical trials suggest that  bacterial infections can be reduced using polysaccharides.The polysaccharides have strong communication with all T cells that are part of the white blood cells fighting off infection. The turkey tail mushroom can be found on logs and tree stumps all over North America.

Reishi mushrooms have been used in China, Japan and other parts of the world for centuries.The reishi mushroom is the oldest mushroom known to man and a cure all for many ailments. The list goes on and on to what this potent veggie can do and that is why it is named the “medicine of kings.” It is helpful with many diseases including chronic bronchitis. According to the Natural News website, it cures pathogenic factors in the chest. It is an anti-bacterial against streptococci, staphylcocci as well as an anti-viral and an antioxidant. It is an expectorant and provides anti- tumor effects. There are several types of the reishi mushroom, the red reishi being the most potent. Its bitter flavor diverts one to take a capsule that’s synergized with other mushroom species.

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Lisa Roth Collins, RHN
Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and is the Marketing Manager at She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.