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Mushrooms and the Immune System

Mushrooms and the Immune System

This post from Fungi Perfecti, makers of Host Defense mushrooms, gives a great summary explanation of how mushrooms support the immune system. You can purchase Host Defense MyCommunity (17-species mushroom product) and Turkey Tail on my nutrition supplement web shop.

(Note: With widespread concern about the coronavirus, there was a very high demand for medicinal mushrooms for immune support. This resulted in a backorder of MyCommunity from the manufacturer, however I now have them back in stock.)

From cognition and mood support to energy and stamina, each mushroom species used in Host Defense® Mushrooms™ supplements offers a unique range of potential health benefits. But one thing that each species has in common is the ability to offer immune support. One of the great things about beneficial mushroom mycelium supplements is their ability to support an engaged and balanced immune response.*

How do mushroom mycelium supplements support the IMMUNE SYSTEM?

  • The immune system is activated by polysaccharides, terpenes, and other compounds found in mushroom mycelium and fruitbodies.*
  • Each beneficial mushroom species contains a wide variety of nutrients and compounds to support our natural immunity.*
  • The variety and multitude of nutrients found in mushrooms is the key to immunomodulation.*


  • Immunomodulation is the regulatory adjustment of the immune system to bring it into balance.
  • Immune cell modulation is important because we don’t want to simultaneously activate every immune cell at full strength. 

Beneficial MUSHROOMS are immunomodulators:*

  • Mushrooms regulate the immune system to support long-term health by maintaining a balanced immune response.* 

HOST DEFENSE® supplements can be used every day to help:

  • Augment and regulate the body’s immune system.*
  • Provide support for daily environmental stressors.*
  • Provide polysaccharides to increase the activity & impact of NK cells and macrophages.* 

We’ve compiled a chart to quickly reference the range of benefits provided by some of the most popular beneficial mushroom species: Agarikon, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Reishi, and Turkey Tail:

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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