Here is a delicious and easy way to boost your body’s ability to respond to allergies, infections and inflammatory conditions.
Medicinal mushroom experts have been telling us for years that mushrooms can help prevent numerous immunological conditions, including cancer and inflammatory ailments. Is this simply wishful thinking? No. These effects have been backed with hard science.
Now we find that even so-called culinary mushrooms also have many of these immunity-boosting effects. Once again, clinical research is providing the evidence.
Shiitake mushrooms tested clinically
The most recent evidence comes in the form of a clinical study conducted at the University of Florida’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
The researchers conducted a four-week study using 52 healthy young adult volunteers, ages ranging from 21 to 41 years old.
The test subjects were divided into two groups. One group was given 5 grams of whole shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) per day and the other group was given 10 grams per day for four weeks.
Before and after the four weeks of mushroom consumption, the volunteers’ blood and saliva were analyzed. They were tested for T-cell counts, natural-killer T-cells, C-reactive protein and immunoglobulin A (sIgA) in saliva among others. The researchers also collected mononuclear cells from each person and cultured them for a day to help establish immunity parameters.
Shiitake boosts immunity
After four weeks of eating the shiitake mushrooms, the subjects showed significant increases in immunity parameters. These included a 60% increase in γδ-T cells, and a doubling of natural-killer T-cells. They also found these two types of T-cells were more powerful – as they expressed greater receptor activation.
The researchers also found the mushroom consumption increased secretory IgA levels. This corresponds to an increase in intestinal immunity and an increase in sinus and respiratory immunity.
The mushroom consumption also significantly reduced C-reactive protein levels within the bloodstream. This means a reduction of inflammation within the blood and tissues.
In addition to these responses, the mushroom consumption also significantly boosted the subjects’ levels of cytokines that correspond with the ability to fight off infections and inflammatory injury. These include interleukin (IL)-10, IL-1alpha and IL-4, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha.
They also saw a reduction in macrophage inflammatory protein-1α/chemokine C-C ligand 3 (MIP-1α/CCL3). This means a significant reduction of inflammation took place during the four weeks of mushroom consumption.
The medical term for such a response by the body – which is not found among pharmaceuticals – is called immune modulation. The shiitake mushroom is modulating the immune system. Another term isimmunostimulating – the immune system is being stimulated. This also means that the body’s autoimmunity is being improved.
This is confirmed by the researchers, who concluded:
“Regular L. edodes consumption resulted in improved immunity, as seen by improved cell proliferation and activation and increased sIgA production. The changes observed in cytokine and serum CRP levels suggest that these improvements occurred under conditions that were less inflammatory than those that existed before consumption.”
Delicious culinary mushroom
Organic shiitake mushrooms are readily available in whole dehydrated form and as fresh. Dehydrated versions can easily be hydrated in soups and sauces, to make a delicious addition to your meals.
The ancients were not wrong about mushrooms. We find mushrooms used therapeutically by practically every ancient civilization around the world, and for good reason. This ancient use provided the best clinical evidence – use over generations. Now we find modern science back
Additional information on the Greenmedinfo.com research database: Shiitake Mushroom andMedicinal Mushrooms.
Dai X, Stanilka JM, Rowe CA, Esteves EA, Nieves C Jr, Spaiser SJ, Christman MC, Langkamp-Henken B, Percival SS. Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. J Am Coll Nutr. 2015 Apr 11:1-10.
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Owls have fascinated us for the millennium. They frequently appear in our stories and myths back in the ancient Greek and Egyptian times. Many different cultures across various regions of the world have bestowed symbolic meaning upon owls, seeing them as keepers of wisdom, protectors of the dead, and guardians of the underworld.
My first encounter with owls was far less mystical and ethereal. I was visiting a wildlife sanctuary near my home in New Mexico in the middle of a summer day and I got to see a large number of the birds. As a visual artist, I was struck by the compelling beauty of their feather patterns and their huge colorful eyes.
I knew immediately that I wanted to work with them. After securing permission to do a photo shoot, I set up a studio on a site few weeks later and had individual birds brought in by their handlers. The primary shot I was seeking to capture was the frontal gaze, a direct stare into the camera. This is how I make a more powerful and intimate connection to another living being – I look them in the eyes.
Very quickly I realized this was going to be extremely difficult to achieve. Most can rotate their heads 270 degrees and each one preferred to look at the black background behind them rather than at me and my lights. It didn’t surprise me at all.
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Volunteers who watched videos of people putting their hands in cold water found their own body temperature drop significantly.
The research by scientists in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School shows that humans are susceptible to ‘temperature contagion’.
Neuropsychiatrist Dr Neil Harrison, who led the research, suggests that such unconscious physiological changes may help us empathise with one another and live in communities.
He said: “Mimicking another person is believed to help us create an internal model of their physiological state which we can use to better understand their motivations and how they are feeling.”
“Humans are profoundly social creatures and much of humans’ success results from our ability to work together in complex communities – this would be hard to do if we were not able to rapidly empathise with each other and predict one another’s thoughts, feelings and motivations.”
For the research, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, 36 participants each watched eight videos of actors putting their hands in either visibly warm or cold water. At the same time, the temperature of their own hands was measured. Their hands were significantly colder when watching the ‘cold’ videos. However, the ‘warm’ videos did not cause a change.
Dr Harrison explains: “We think that this is probably because the warm videos were less potent – the only cues that the water was warm was steam at the beginning of the videos and the pink colour of the actor’s hand (whereas blocks of ice were clearly visible throughout the duration of the cold video).
“There is also some evidence to suggest that people may be more sensitive to others appearing cold than hot.”
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Some times we just to get away and see some of the incredible scenery there is out there. Here we have 21 Amazing pools that will make you so happy just to jump in.
1. Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Greece
Blue Palace in Greece has 142 private pools most of them are in the infinity style.
2. NEMO33, Belgium
With a maximum depth of 133 feet NEMO33 is the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world.
3. The Joule Dallas, Texas
The Joule is a rooftop pool that extend over a building in Dallas Texas and it provides a fun view of the city.
4. The Golden Nugget, Las Vegas
The The Tank at Golden Nugget has a secure water slide that tours underwater sea life and it provides a exhilarating swimming experience.
5. Glenwood Hot Springs, Colorado
There are 15 minerals that help to restore the bodies of the guests at Glenwood.
6. Mardan Palace, Turkey
This stunning pool is located at the Mardan Palace hotel in Antalya, a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey.
7. Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls
Devil’s Pool is a Naturally formed pool located at Victoria Falls in the Southern part of Africa. It peers at the edge of a 355 ft waterfall. Most visits occur between September and December.
8. Capella Pedregal Resort, Mexico
This is the premier spa resort in Cabo San Lucas, it sits on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.
9. Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites, Greece
This is an award-winning luxury villa in Crete, Greece and it offers a variety of spa pools for a secluded vacation experience.
10. The Sarojin, Thailand
This luxurious swimming pool at The Sarojin has a Jacuzzi lounge area and three drape-shaped pool island pavilions and a infinity edge.
11. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
This hotel is located in the Maldives, It has an infinity pool that has fibre optic lighting for a real magical experience.
12. Crocosaurus Cove, Australia
This is the only crocodile dive in Australia, it invites thrill-seekers to experience the Cage of Death
13. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Every suite at Jade Mountain includes an infinity pool overlooking the mountains of St. Lucia
14. Golden Triangle Resort, Thailand
This infinity pool offers a unique design and an incredible view its located in Chiang Rai Thailand.
15. Hotel Caruso, Italy
This pool is located at the highest point in Ravello. Its elliptically shaped and borders gorgeous views of the sea and mountains.
16. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Indonesia
This infinity-edge swimming pool is located on two levels and its perched over the spectacular rain forest.
17. The Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa, Mauritius
This incredible pool is located in the island nation of Mauritius.
18. Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, Spain
This resort is located 180 meters on top of a cliff with panoramic sea views in the heart of a preserved natural park.
19. The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland
This hotel is among the Top 20 Swiss wellness hotels it also includes a breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps.
20. Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Greece
This pool is styled after the sprawling palaces of the Minoan Kings and Venetian nobles who once ruled Crete.
21. Alila Villas, Bali
This is an infinity pool with an overhanging cliff-side platform with dramatic views over the Indian Ocean.
1. You basically can’t take a bad picture in Norway.
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2. You can live on this island, surrounded by beautiful Norway, and NEVER LEAVE.
3. You can see places like this in the middle of Oslo.
4. The cliffs and waterfalls are just stunning.
5. Waves freeze in Norway and look like this.
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6. This is an incredible view
7. Just imagine how peaceful it would be to live here.
8. So many new friends to make.
9. There are just so many beautiful waterfalls.
10. You simply have to see this, because how else can you even believe it’s real?
11. The countryside will feel like home.
12. No photo can do this justice.
13. Reflections in the water mean you always see double the beautiful.
14. Even the shacks in Norway qualify as dream homes with views like this.
15. You can look across the water and see this.
16. The skylines are colorful and unique.
17. Forests in Norway are pulled straight from a fantasy epic.
18. Who wouldn’t want to trade places with this girl right now?
19. The mountains are just begging to be climbed.
20. Norway’s cities are sprawling and full of life
21. Its countryside is like stepping into a story book.
22. You don’t want to miss the summer view either.
23. The winter view is incredible
24. Simply incredible
25. There are plenty of interesting places to explore.
26. Awesome sights to see
27. This looks right out of a scene of Frozen
28. Nothing gets more beautiful than the Northern Lights over snowy mountains.
29. You’ll be completely be lost for words looking at a scene like this.
30. You won’t have words to describe this scene
This article was inspire by the original article that appeared on Buzzfeed