A nation's leadership employs a military to protect their borders and citizens against both external and internal threats, ensuring the stability and security of their land. Much in the same way, nature has gifted a system to humans and other living things to keep them safe from pathogens and infections- the Immune System.
The Immune System does just that. Our Immune System is responsible for keeping the body safe from pathogens that are dangerous invaders. Let's unpack the effects of CBD and Functional Mushrooms on our Immune System, and understand how their components work in synergy for better health and protection.
First, let's understand the Immune System and how it functions.
What is the Immune System?
The Immune System is a complex collection of cells, chemicals, processes, and other components. It responds to any invasion or toxic substance produced. Our body is constantly exposed to various types of pathogens. These pathogens enter our bodies via many pathways. They are part of the air we inhale, the food we consume, or the environmental components around us.
Our Immune System is vital to combat these challenges efficiently. It has to work continuously around the clock to fight against these toxins. The body becomes sick and unable to function correctly whenever our Immune System weakens. Hence the desire to explore ways to strengthen or boost this key protective shield for the body. There are a number of ways to strengthen and boost the Immune System.
Proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest, and stress management are all important components of a healthy lifestyle that help support the Immune System. Additionally, probiotics, vitamins, and minerals can help to improve the body's immunity. Herbal supplements as well as natural remedies, such as turmeric, ginger, and Echinacea, are also thought to boost the Immune System.
Let's explore 2 often over-looked when it comes to boosting or supporting the Immune System: CBD and Functional Mushrooms.
CBD Immune System Benefits Explained
The use of cannabis dates back thousands of years of history. The first evidence of their medicinal use was found in the pharmacopeia of the ancient Chinese of the first century BCE, as well as in Japan, India, Iran, and Egypt.
Back then, it was used for:
· Rheumatic pain
· as a topical treatment for swellings and bruises
· and Gynecological disorders.
CBD, unlike THC, is not a psychoactive compound, but has many therapeutic effects. It is one of the many chemical compounds found in the hemp plant. It has great power to support the Immune System. CBD's impact on the Immune System is as follows: CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System of the body, which is responsible for various physiological functions, including immunity.
CBD helps to promotes optimal immunity by stimulating the Endocannabinoid System to fight against foreign and internal toxins or pathogens. In addition to these positive effects, it is a good antioxidant, and has been thought to have a calming effect on both mind and body.
To get super technical, CBD functions as an immune-modulating agent, impacting T-cells, B-cells, microglia, and monocytes, resulting in an overall reduction in pro-inflammatory cytokine expression and an increase in anti-inflammatory cytokines.
What are Cytokines? They're the small proteins responsible and critical for regulating growth and the activity of other Immune System cells and blood cells. Upon release, they signal to the Immune System to function and protect.
Functional Mushrooms: Good for Immunity
Functional Mushrooms also contain rich compounds to support the Immune System and immunity overall. They have also been used since ancient times for treatments and immune boosters. These mushrooms may help by:
· lowering inflammation,
· preventing disease,
· sharpening mind,
· giving more energy,
· calm the nervous system,
· helping to sleep better at night,
These mushrooms are considered to help humans stay healthy. The benefits extend even beyond health and well-being, to sustainability.
Functional mushrooms can secrete enzymes and some other digestive materials to digest hydrocarbons of the debris, which are indigestible to others, like plastic. Hence, they help reduce environmental pollution and are natural health promoters. The process is called mycoremediation.
Many different types of mushrooms, such as Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Agaricus, Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Maitake, etc., have been found to contain compounds that have immune regulating properties. For example, beta-glucans (polysaccharides found in the cell walls of mushrooms) can stimulate the Immune System.
It interacts with many immune cells, e.g., macrophages and natural killer cells. Other compounds, like triterpenoids and ergosterol, also have good immune-modulating properties.
Besides these significant benefits, mushrooms also have substantive nutritional values. Hence, they improve the overall health of humans and ultimately promote al healthier Immune System. They also contain:
· Low glycemic carbs
· Vitamins & Minerals.
Mushrooms & CBD for Immunity
Following our examination of CBD and Functional Mushrooms independently for supporting and boosting immunity - what can be said of using them in tandem?
Combining these elements can in fact enhance their activity. CBD and Functional Mushrooms can work in synergy to support a healthy Immune System.
CBD has been found to boost beta-glucan effects, making it more effective at triggering immune cells to function. CBD has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body. This in turn makes the Immune System work better.
Also, it has been found that some medicinal mushrooms, like Reishi, has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them a great addition to CBD. Working together, they amplify their separate benefits.
How can you use Mushrooms & CBD together for Immunity?
There are many ways to incorporate functional mushrooms and CBD to confer immunity supporting benefits. You could take them orally or apply them topically for great benefits. However, taking any natural remedy without quality testing and thorough research may result in complications.
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If tablets are not your preferred mode of consumption, Our Award-Winning Immunity Drops can be a good and milder addition to your supplement routine. They contain a mix of Mushrooms and CBD with added Zinc to protect your body further.
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