Friday, April 19, 2024

The Almost ‘Magic’ Mushrooms


If you are prone to common colds, sinus infections and flus, then I want to introduce you to an almost magical immunity-building food—medicinal mushrooms, which include Reishi, Poria, Turkey Tail, Maitake Cordyceps, Maitake and Himematsutake, just to name a few.

Think of your immune system as an army that is in charge of protecting your body from harmful viruses and bacteria. In order to prevent, protect and fight, it is crucial to provide it with the right armor against flus and colds.

One of the best items you can have in your arsenal is medicinal mushrooms, which have been used for thousands of years. There are many published research articles that have established the incredible health benefits of this unique and powerful food.

When taken regularly, medicinal mushrooms can help you:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Manage weight
  • Increase vitamin D
  • Support your adrenal glands
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Support nervous system
  • Reduce edgy-cravings
  • Get your skin glowing
  • Help boost workout recovery

Here are three easy ways to add medicinal mushrooms to your life:


As a Delicious Hot Beverage

Coco Qi Latte

If you love hot chocolate but don’t drink it because it is not usually a healthy option, then you are in luck. Jing Herbs Coco Qi Latte is a MUST try! Just mix this chocolate powder with hot coconut or almond milk and you can get a great immunity boost, reduce inflammation as well as decrease stress.

Sounds magical, but it is possible because of key ingredients—Poria, a mushroom that has strong anti-inflammatory and immunity-building properties; cacao, which is high in antioxidants and stress-reducing magnesium; and mesquite, which can help level blood sugar.

Jing Herbs also has other great products that range from single Chinese herbs to powerful anti-stress and immunity-building mixes.


Multi-Use Mushrooms

Immune Matrix by Mushroom Matrix

Another brand to try is Mushroom Matrix, which offers different blends based on your specific needs. I really enjoyed their Immune Matrix, a supplement made from a blend of 100% Organic Mushrooms, developed for daily health and optimal immune support.

Powered by seven mushrooms, this blend will supply you with antioxidants, vitamins and digestive enzymes. Agaricus blazei, Turkey Tail, Maitake and Shiitake mushrooms in this blend are known for their ability to activate and balance immune response. Simply add one teaspoon of Mushroom Matrix powder to your smoothie or just mix with plain water for an easy morning shot.


Mushrooms On-The-Go

Mushroom Optimizer by Jarrow Formulas

When you are traveling and need to boost your immune system against airplane germs, take a bottle of mushroom optimizer capsules with you. This product has a seven-mushroom blend that includes Cordyceps, White Wood Ear, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Maitake, Shitake and Himematsutake.

I take 3 capsules each day when I travel as a preventative measure or if I feel I may be catching a cold. I usually feel better within an hour of taking the capsules.

Alina Z.
Alina Z.
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at

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