Medicinal mushrooms like Reishi, can help with your body’s immune response by working to strengthen and support it’s natural defense processes.
It’s well established that medicinal mushrooms are effective immune system modulators and immune cell activators. These fungi have a direct impact on your body’s production and use of Natural Killer cells, T cells, B cells, antibodies, macrophages, and cytokines.2 These cells are all part of the immune system and play a role in your body’s ability to fight off infection.
“Mushrooms can increase inflammatory cytokines in the start of an infection (which is what you need actually to fight off a virus naturally) but then are extremely anti-inflammatory in the second half. Herbs and mushrooms are immune modulators, meaning they can adjust how they are affecting the body based on need in the moment.”