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