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Food allergies - when the food makes you sick

February 18, 2020
Dr. Dorothee Bös et al.

The skin itches, the tongue burns or it pinches in the stomach: the number of food allergy sufferers in industrialized nations remains high. In Germany alone, it is estimated that three to four percent of the population suffers from it.

Vital mushrooms help to make eating fun again.

It is good to know that mycotherapy – healing with mushrooms – is an easy-to-use and proven naturopathic therapy. Thus, medicinal mushrooms can be used with good success in food allergies both to alleviate symptoms and to treat the cause.

Numerous symptoms

In general, any food can cause an allergic reaction. For infants and young children, these are usually cow’s milk, soy, hen’s egg, wheat, peanuts or hazelnuts. The main triggers in adolescents and adults include raw vegetables and fruits, celery, nuts, fish, and shellfish.

In adulthood, so-called pollen-associated food allergies also occur very frequently. These cross-allergies are observed especially in allergy to pollen of early flowering trees and shrubs. Birch pollen allergy sufferers, for example, often suffer allergic symptoms after eating apples or hazelnuts.

Various triggers of food allergies

The symptoms of a food allergy are as varied as the triggers. Skin reactions such as itching, swelling, redness as well as wheals and hives are common. So do watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing attacks, asthma attacks with shortness of breath, abdominal cramps or diarrhea.

In very rare cases, severe allergic reactions can also lead to life-threatening circulatory failure, anaphylactic shock. Careful diagnostic clarification and therapy is therefore also recommended for all food allergies.

Medicinal mushrooms regulate the excessive immune system

Experts agree: allergies are almost always caused by an “excessive” defensive reaction of the immune system to substances that are actually harmless. In the case of food allergies, these are tiny protein building blocks in food.

Due to their richness in ß-glucans, medicinal mushrooms are considered to be the most powerful immune modulators that nature has to offer. They have therefore also proved their worth in the case of food allergies, because they can bring the excessive immune defense – and thus the root of the evil – back into a healthy balance. The ß-glucans are supported by other valuable ingredients such as ergosterol (vitamin D2) and trace elements such as zinc and selenium.

By the way, medicinal mushrooms are among the oldest natural medicines in the world and have been used successfully for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Reishi - One of the most important basic mushrooms for food allergies.

In addition to regulating the immune system, the medicinal mushroom Reishi unfolds other anti-allergic mechanisms of action. Due to the cortisone-like triterpenes it contains, it exerts an anti-inflammatory effect. It can therefore also reduce histamine release, which is responsible for many of the allergic symptoms. Furthermore, it contributes to the improvement of the oxygen supply of the body. This has proven to be very beneficial for allergic asthma, among other things.

Vital mushrooms to improve the intestinal environment

In addition, the medicinal mushrooms Hericium and Pleurotus have proven their worth. They help stabilize the intestinal mucosa and promote its healthy structure. This is also of high importance for food allergy sufferers. After all, a healthy intestinal mucosa – where around 70 percent of our immune power is located – is a decisive factor for a powerful and well-balanced immune system.
Hericium can also reduce any permeability of the intestinal wall (leaky gut syndrome). Allergenic substances from food can then no longer pass through the intestinal wall so easily. This can reduce the risk of sensitization to allergies. Hericium also exerts a beneficial effect on irritated and attacked mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

If the food allergy is associated with restlessness and exhaustion, the mood-lifting and calming cordyceps helps. It is also considered a tonic that strengthens the lungs and is therefore useful in allergic asthma. In case of allergy-related rhinitis or too much fluid and mucus in the body, the medicinal mushroom Polyporus has additionally proven its worth.


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