“One of the best foods for keeping your immunity up during this busy, colder time of year is the tasty mushroom,” according to Mao Shing Ni, one of the “Oz Experts” on blog.doctoroz.com.
But the scientific evidence isn’t that clear.
“We think that eating mushrooms is beneficial for immunity, but that’s based mostly on animal experiments,” notes Margherita Cantorna, professor of molecular immunology at Penn State.
“The few studies in humans have seen certain immune system proteins change a little bit after eating mushrooms,” she adds. “But we don’t know whether that protects against illness.”
Source: J. Nutr. 144: 98, 2014.
Other relevant links:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables to boost immunity. See: Immunity Boost?
- Taking high doses of vitamin C does not lessen your risk for colds or respiratory infections. See: Does Taking Vitamin C Protect You From Colds?
- Those taking multivitamins got sick just as much as those who did not. See: Can Multivitamins Prevent a Cold?