Flu vaccines are being made available everywhere from clinics to pharmacies to supermarkets. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the only side effects of the flu vaccine are redness, soreness and swelling at the shot site, low grade fever and aches, others think that mercury is contained by the vaccines and other tricky constituents and are much more dangerous than the flu itself.
Additionally there are hundreds of strains of the flu virus but the vaccines marketed each year select and target only a few, which health officials guesstimate will be most common that flu season. Their guess is usually not right.
But well before there were targeted vaccines there were flu fighting mushrooms. The Chinese have used mushrooms as medicine for thousands of years and recent scientific studies have established the effectiveness of mushrooms in boosting the immune system. And a solid immune system right now is your best defense against the flu.
One of the most common cultivated edible mushroom in the earth is the button mushroom which was for numerous years believed to have no medicinal or nutritional value. Recently available studies, nevertheless, have researched that the lowly button, and crimini and portobello, contain as much antioxidant power as their Asian counterparts that have been prized for centuries for their disease prevention and healing properties. Specifically, buttons contain ergothioneine and polysaccharides among other compounds that activate the immune system and act as free radical scavengers.
In Asian medicine, maitake and shiitake mushrooms, now generally available in U.S. markets, have proven so effective in increasing the immune system and fighting cancer, that they are now being tested against HIV. Enoki mushrooms in addition have proven immune system benefits.
Reishi mushrooms are also a staple of Chinese medicine. Although they are not edible, they’re available in teas, capsules and extract and are utilized to help improve immunity and minimize inflammation.
Mushrooms are an excellent source of B vitamins such as niacin, which forms enzymes needed to convert sugars into energy, and riboflavin, which converts some other nutrients like folate and vitamin B6 into usable forms.
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Mushrooms are fat-free, high in fiber and protein, and a very good source of potassium. Most of all, they’re easy and versatile to incorporate into the daily diet of yours. All it requires is a one-half cup serving to start to get the benefits. Add them to soups, stews, grains and greens or even toss them into your salad.
Add a variety of mushrooms to your meals now and every day to battle the flu or even any other pandemic that will come your way.
Margie King is a certified holistic health coach, Wharton M.B.A. and former corporate attorney. Margie leads workshops on nutrition, conducts healthy food preparation classes, and has individual and group health and nutrition coaching to busy professionals and females.