We could all use a little lift this time of year. We’re burning the candle at both ends and crazy-busy with holiday stuff.
You’re probably not getting as much sleep as you should. And, let’s face it, you’re probably not eating the best, either. Who can resist all those tempting treats?
And with all the cold and flu viruses and germs lurking around at this time of year, we may as well go ahead and paint a target on our foreheads. It’s the perfect storm for a nasty infection to strike just in time to ruin your holidays.
But today, I’ve got an absurdly simple solution that could help you build a barrier against those bugs. And no drugs, pills, or potions are involved either.
In fact, all it takes is a little addition to your meals that could put you back on top of your game. It can help arm your immune system, powering up the white blood cells on the front lines of your internal defense system.
This natural health hero can help ensure those warrior cells are locked… loaded… and ready to take on all comers.
And you’ll find it in the humblest of places… mushrooms.
The infection-fighting SECRET of the SHROOM
In some places, mushroom-hunting is practically a sport.
People disappear into forests looking for the best mushrooms. Some do it professionally, selling prized wild mushrooms for a small fortune to restaurants, which often proudly announce when they’ve obtained one of these treasures.
But most do it to bring them home to their own families, to cook and savor.
Certain places are known for their mushrooms. But the best spots are often jealously guarded secrets.
People who are REALLY serious about their mushrooms will often travel under cover of darkness. Or they will take roundabout routes to make sure they’re not being followed to their hidden hunting grounds.
For these folks, it’s all about the TASTE. But there’s more to it than just the sublime flavor these delicious mushrooms bring to dishes.
Mushrooms are also loaded with health-boosting, infection-fighting compounds. And a new study finds three types in particular that could help keep you healthy this time of year… plus, all year round.
And those three mushroom stars are…
In lab tests, an extract made from this trio stimulated macrophages. And that’s great news because those are the exact cells that are out on the prowl for infection-triggering microbial invaders.
When they spot a bad guy, they blow a cellular whistle to call in “killer” T cells to come and wipe out the threat.
The quicker they operate, the better your chances of not getting sick. And if the new study on human cells is any indication, these mushrooms could help ensure YOUR macrophages are on high alert all throughout the cold and flu season.
Make mushrooms a regular menu item
This was a lab test, not a human clinical trial.
But mushrooms are loaded with healthy disease-fighting compounds, in general. And there’s certainly no harm in trying them out.
Besides, don’t forget they’re DELICIOUS too.
Depending on where you live, you might not always find these specific mushrooms in the produce section of the supermarket. You might have better luck at a local farmer’s market. Or you can look for dried mushrooms, teas, and supplements instead.
Also, keep in mind all edible mushrooms contain immune-boosting compounds and other healthy nutrients. So loading up on whatever ones are available, could still help you build a barrier against infections.
You’ll find mushrooms are great this time of year in soups and stews. You can’t go wrong, adding them to pasta dishes and stir-fries. And they’re always a welcome addition to everything from party appetizers to dinnertime side dishes.