Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis, Cordyceps militaris)
In ancient China, cordyceps was regarded as a cure-all and a general health tonic. Cordyceps sinensis, in particular, is reputed to be effective for building strength, reinforcing the immune system, and reducing the effects of aging.
Cordyceps species enhance and strengthen the immune system by stimulating the production of natural killer cells, which are immune cells responsible for attacking pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. The fungus is also an efficient antioxidant, protecting blood vessels and other tissues from harmful free radicals.
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
Chaga contains beta-glucans that offer potent immune-supporting properties and has also been shown to have an extremely high antioxidant content. It is also a rich source of melanin, a compound which helps protect DNA and promotes the ability to maintain healthy skin. Chaga may also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, has anti-inflammatory properties, and even balances the body’s energy levels according to Chinese medicine.
Shiitake (Lentinula edidodes)
Enhances immunity by boosting the production of T-cells that are known to destroy infected and damaged cells.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
Studies conducted around the world show that reishi mushrooms support healthy cell growth, in addition to increasing the number of immune-protective T-cells and macrophages. This mushroom also demonstrates antibacterial and antiviral activity, and accelerates recovery time from certain infections.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
Maitake contains a wide array of valuable sterols, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and other medicinal compounds. Research shows that the compounds in maitake mushrooms fight harmful cells and appear to bolster the immune system by stimulating the production of killer T cells and natural killer cells. Maitake mushrooms also support healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)
This mushroom is believed to have healing elements to strengthen the body against various illnesses. Its main effects are to strengthen your immune system, particularly by enhancing the workings of T helper cells. Turkey tail may also improve quality of life by reducing susceptibility to infections and other negative effects of having a suppressed immune system.
Commonly called the ABM mushroom, it contains beta-glucans; long-chain polysaccharides that are one of the most potent immune-enhancing substances known. Studies have shown that when subjects were given ABM in their diet, a 3000% increase in natural killer cells was seen within a short span of days.
An immune stimulant that may help fight infection, lowers levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol, protects the liver, and fights inflammation.
Studies have showed that some active ingredients of this mushroom may have the functions of enhancing immunity, cell health, and liver health.
Enokitake (Flammulina velutipes)
Helps rid the body of free radicals, in turn boosting the immune system. The enokitake mushroom also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. The active ingredients in the enokitake mushroom include lectin and beta-D-glucan. Lectin is an immune-modulatory protein which enhances production of antioxidants, helps balance the immune system, and supports liver health. The detoxifying nature of these substances also protects your cardiovascular health.
Also known as lion’s mane, helps enhance your immune system in addition to helping with focus, memory, mood, and concentration.
Also known as the oyster mushroom, stands out as a powerful ally in supporting your immune health thanks to its many therapeutic properties like anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and immunostimulating activities.
A well-known Chinese medicine, regular consumption of A. camphorata is believed to preserve human vitality and promote longevity.
Commonly called honey mushrooms, it helps protect the cells from free radical oxidation damage as well as maintain a healthy immune response.
Is asserted to raise immunity, enhance blood circulation, and regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.
Is revered for its medicinal value and has been reported to exhibit antibiotic activity against negative bacteria.
This valuable mushroom species provides blood sugar support, antioxidant benefits, and boosts immunity due to its polysaccharide content.
Known as split gill mushroom, it is a widely distributed species that has been reported for its health-promoting and medicinal benefits. Studies evaluating the antimicrobial activity of S. commune extracts highlighted their antifungal and antibacterial properties, concluding that they could potentially be used as microbial agents and enhance immune health.
A medicinal mushroom that has been used for hundreds of years for its antioxidant, antibacterial, and immune-boosting properties. This mushroom is said to boost the body’s immune system due to the presence of beta-D-glucan and lectin. These two polysaccharide protein complexes possess properties that regulate the immune system.