Then you’re in a dilemma between wanting to boost immunity but keeping the inflammation processes down – mushrooms are the answer! This is because they accelerate the secretion of salivary immunoglobulin A (sIgA). sIgA can boost immunity without causing an inflammatory response.
A study found that just by eating one cup of cooked button mushrooms every day for a week sIgA secretions increased by 50%. Even better the sIgA secretions stayed at those kind of levels for a week even after they stopped eating the mushrooms. Mushrooms are also known to contain phytochemicals like beta-glucan which is a super immune boosting compound.
This is all great information for the elderly or immune compromised, but remember you can’t just eat one cup of mushrooms and expect it to work forever, the results are only there if you keep eating mushrooms as a regular part of your diet.
Mushrooms in The Treatment of Cancer
Mushrooms also have a whole bunch of anticancer properties, from specialised lectins that prevent cancer cells from growing and dividing, to specific enzyme inhibitors that protect against breast cancer.