Flu vaccines are now available at every level, from hospitals to pharmacies to supermarkets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the only side effects are redness, swelling and soreness at the shot site, low grade fever and aches. Others claim that vaccines contain mercury and other dangerous constituents and can be more deadly than the flu itself.
There are literally thousands upon thousands of flu virus strains. However, the vaccines are targeted to a select few. This is because health officials have a tendency to guess which flu season will be most prevalent. Sometimes, their guesses are not correct. Long before the advent of targeted vaccines, flu fighting shroom capsules were available.
Chinese people have been using mushrooms for centuries to heal their wounds. Recently, scientific studies have proven that mushrooms are effective in increasing the immune system. You can be your best defense against the flu if you have a strong immune response.
The button mushroom is the most popular edible mushroom that is cultivated in the world. However, it was long believed that the button mushrooms had no nutritional and medicinal value. Recent studies have revealed that the button mushroom, along with crimini and portobello have the same antioxidant power and healing abilities as their Asian counterparts.
In Asian medicine, shiitake, and maitake mushrooms have been so successful in fighting cancer and improving the immune system that they are now being tested for HIV. Enoki mushrooms have also shown immune system benefits.
Reishi mushrooms also make up a large part of Chinese medicine. Although they aren’t edible, they can be found in capsules, extracts and teas. They are used to improve immunity, reduce inflammation, and help with weight loss.
Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins. They include niacin, which makes enzymes to convert sugars into fuel, and riboflavin that converts other nutrients like folate and vitamin B6 into usable form.
Mushrooms are low in fat, high-fiber and protein, as well as a good source potassium. They can be easily incorporated into your daily meals and are versatile. It takes only one-half cup to enjoy the health benefits. They can be added to soups, stews as well as greens.