Now that the cooler weather and shorter days have arrived, it’s nice to look forward to staying warm and cosy indoors. Unfortunately, the cooler weather also heralds the dreaded cold and upper respiratory tract infections season. If you’re conscious about staying well this winter, now is the perfect time to support your immune system with traditional Chinese mushrooms.
Prevention beats the cure hands down
Your body’s immune system functions as a surveillance system, constantly monitoring and protecting your state of internal and external health, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These protective measures range from simple defences, such as maintaining healthy skin and mucous membranes, to more complex defences, such as the production of specific antibodies and chemical agents that fight and destroy foreign organisms, including bacteria and viruses.
Traditional Chinese mushrooms have a long history of medicinal use across many cultures and contain biologically active polysaccharides, including beta-glucans, proteoglycans and related compounds in their fruiting bodies. Polysaccharides form the major class of immunologically active molecules in these mushrooms.
Is your immune system unhappy?
Signs of an unhappy immune system include decreased resistance to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, prolonged recovery after illness and a feeling of being tired and run down. There are many factors that can influence the health of your immune system: excessive consumption of simple sugars, processed foods or alcohol, environmental toxins and pollutants, certain medications or pre-existing health conditions and gastrointestinal disturbances to name a few.
The magic of traditional Chinese mushrooms
Traditional Chinese mushrooms help support your immune system on a number of levels. Some of the most popular traditional Chinese mushrooms include Shiitake, Reishi, Cordyceps, Snow fungus and Turkey tail, which contain antioxidants, essential minerals selenium and copper, vitamin D, B vitamins and fibre.
Mushrooms are used in traditional Chinese medicine to:
- Relieve the symptoms of colds and mild upper respiratory tract infections
- Strengthen the lungs for the relief of coughs
- Dispel phlegm due to their expectorant activity
- Maintain a healthy immune system
- Strengthen the body's defences
- Relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract allergies
So, if you think you might need a little extra immune support before winter arrives, consider traditional Chinese mushrooms to help support your immune system. Insert website product page for Mushroom 5 Complex.