Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boost your immune system by eating a Shiitake mushroom a day.

Your immune system is responsible for keeping your whole body healthy.

And with all the emotional, physical and environmental stresses we face each day, having a strong one is more important than ever.

So you may be interested in the results of a study recently posted online.  The study was done in 2011 by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

What researchers found is that over the four-week trial period, people who ate one four-ounce serving of shiitake mushrooms per day, not only experienced an enhancement of their immune system, but a reduction in inflammation that the immune system produces.  Specifically researchers found that study participants had better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins.  In other words, they were found to be good for the immune system and they helped reduce inflammation.

Shiitake mushrooms are native to East Asia, but available for sale around the world.  Dating back as far back as 100 A.D, people have considered them a medicinal medicine.  They are thought to possess antibacterial properties in addition to other anti-disease properties.  Studies in animals have found shiitake mushrooms have anti-tumor, cholesterol-lowering, and virus-inhibiting effects.


"I didn't know what shiitake mushrooms were when I was 10 - most kids today do." - Chef Emeril 

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