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Organic Shiitake Mushroom Powder
The shiitake mushroom is almost unique in its ability to either up-regulate or down-regulate the immune system. Several studies have demonstrated this potential, with one set of studies showing they prevent over activity of the immune system – helping to reduce inflammation and allergies. Another set of studies showed that shiitake can stimulate a poorly functioning immune system, helping to fight off viral infections – including tumour related growths. Whilst this dual regulatory action may seem contradictory, this type of adaptive regulation is exactly what the body needs to thrive.
Shiitake mushrooms also contain an extensively researched polysaccharide called “lentinan” – a compound which activates macrophage T-lymphocytes and other immune effector cells.
In addition to the above, shiitake mushrooms demonstrate strong anti-fungal and antibacterial effects.