Airborne Allergies

Airborne Allergies: Medicinal Mushrooms as a Natural Response

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Airborne allergens are a common source of discomfort for many people and a difficult issue to overcome. In today’s rapidly evolving world, experts are beginning to theorize that increased pollution and atmospheric changes could be increasing allergen sensitivity. Allergens of all kinds are hypersensitive reactions from the immune system. Our immune systems exist in a state of balanced homeostasis most of the time. There’s constant movement in two pathways: TH1 and TH2. The systems work together to maintain the natural performance of the body’s immune functions. Exposure to an airborne allergies increases the dominance of the TH2 inflammatory pathway. This causes symptoms like swelling, itching, and general discomfort. As common treatment routes become less appealing due to growing side effects, natural alternatives are gaining more attention. 

Advantages of Natural Treatments for Airborne Allergens

Airborne allergies typically can’t be cured, but they can be managed using the right treatment methods. The most common solution for allergy treatment is the use of antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medications. Unfortunately, research indicates that over exposure to these nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory products and antihistamine medications could increase the risk in gliomas – common brain tumours. 

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The safer alternative would require using a natural solution for the treatment of allergy symptoms, as well as the prevention of increased inflammation in the body’s natural immune response. Medicinal mushrooms offer a natural solution to allergies, because they are immunomodulating adaptogens. These substances can respond to the needs of the individual body, and re-balance the natural homeostasis within the immune system. 

Agaricus Blazei Murill (ABM), or the Royal Sun mushroom, is one of the most effective natural treatment options for airborne allergies. This fungus has been extensively studied for its ability to regulate the immune system and support patients dealing with allergic reactions. The nutritional substances contained in this medicinal mushroom can regulate the immune system and reduce infectious processes.  

Supplementation with ABM reduces the over-production of inflammatory compounds by the immune system when exposed to airborne allergens. According to studies, the Agaricus Blazei Murill  mushroom is specifically effective at skewing the TH1 and TH2 balance away from the TH2 proinflammatory mode. This can reduce inflammation and asthmatic symptoms. As well as reducing the growth of tumors and other inflammatory issues. 

Other medicinal mushrooms like Reishi have also proven to be powerful anti-inflammatory tools. The Reishi mushroom is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the natural world. This natural product also contains Ganoderic acid. This substance helps to regulate the immune system and reduces inflammation which may lead to watering eyes, congestion, and rashes. Reishi has been found to assist in the management of symptoms following allergic reactions too. The extract of the Reishi medicinal mushroom can promote better sleep, reduce inflammatory discomfort, and eliminate free radicals.


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Medicinal Mushroom and Microbiota Balance

Aside from improving the natural function of the immune system in the human body, medicinal mushrooms can also assist with balancing the natural gut microbiota. As allergic diseases become more common, many professionals believe that the rise in sensitivity could be caused by microbiota imbalances. Alterations in the composition of the gut harm the functioning of the immune system.

The gut microbiota plays a significant role in the performance of the immune system, and the way we respond to sources of potential inflammation. When exposed to airborne allergies, the body responds in a variety of different ways. It depends on the structure of our immune system and our current homeostasis. Without gut microbiota protection, it’s more difficult for the body to launch a relevant response to a perceived threat. 

Medicinal mushrooms are prebiotics that improve the performance of the gut microbiota, by supporting the growth of positive bacteria and reducing the spread of damaging bacteria. Reishi mushroom and Agaricus Blazei Murill provide the body with a range of positive nutritional benefits in the form of bioactive compounds. This includes natural vitamins and minerals. 

A high quality supplementation solution in the medicinal mushroom world can also include synergistic combinations with additional vitamins, like vitamin C. Experts often suggest using vitamin C to support the balance of the immune system. Along with other natural substances like Quercetin. 

Why Medicinal Mushrooms?

Most treatments for inflammation and allergies often come with side effects to consider. But medicinal mushrooms represent a safe and natural way to rebalance the natural homeostasis of the body and reduce inflammation. In an environment where airborne allergies are growing more common, medicinal mushrooms can be used alongside other medical treatments. With minimal risks of interaction or negative side effects. 

We can also use many medicinal mushrooms in conjunction with each other to deliver a range of additional benefits beyond immunomodulation and inflammation management. 

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Martin Auerswald is a Biochemist, molecular Biotechnologist and Mycotherapist. He has also gained experience in clinical research (University Hospital Erlangen). Martin reaches hundreds of thousands of people every month by developing new content through Germany's largest online health congress (Immunabwehr-Kongress) and his work as editor-in-chief in various online magazines.