Research Suggests Mushrooms Have Immunity-Boosting Benefits

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( — February 10, 2022) Orlando, FL — Studies have looked into the therapeutic goodness of food on immunity. Time and again it has been revealed that food choices play a significant role in immune system health and protection.

Scientists from the University of Florida carried out a study and found that individuals who consumed cooked shiitake mushrooms on a daily basis for four weeks exhibited increased immunity. 

There are thousands of mushroom species worldwide, and around 20 are used for culinary purposes. It is worth noting that Shiitake mushrooms are native to Asia and are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. 

The findings of this interesting research were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 

It involved 52 healthy adults aged 21 to 41 who were given a four-week supply of dry shiitake mushrooms. The subjects took the mushrooms home, cooked them, and consumed one, 4-ounce serving of mushrooms each day during the experiment.

The investigators found that mushroom intake led to better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and lessening in inflammatory proteins. This was according to the blood tests taken before and after the experiment. 

“If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial,” said Sue Percival, UF Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor and an Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member 

“We’re enhancing the immune system, but we’re also reducing the inflammation that the immune system produces.”

There were qualifications required to be eligible for the study, such as to be neither Vegans nor Vegetarians. They were also not allowed to consume drink tea, probiotics, or antioxidant supplements prior to the study.

More studies are still underway to look into the immunity-boosting benefits of mushrooms. It is important to note that there are many types of mushrooms being widely researched today.

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