Fungi get a bad reputation for being bad for the body, but just like there’s bad bacteria and good bacteria, there are also many good types of fungi that can aid many of your body’s systems. The following types of fungi are especially beneficial for your immune system.

#1 Reishi Mushroom

Nicknamed the “mushroom of immortality”, the Reishi mushroom is a type of fungus known scientifically as Ganoderma lucidum. Used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, the Reishi mushroom is known for multiple positive effects within the body, including:

  • Stimulating natural cancer-killing cells.
  • It’s ability to affect white blood cells and reduce inflammations.
  • It’s potential to increase your longevity.

#2 Turkey Tail Mushroom

Turkey tail mushroom is another type of fungus, and this one goes by many names. Those names include Coriolis versicolor and Trametes versicolor. It’s often considered the most powerful mushroom when it comes to supporting the immune system.

  • It contains polysaccharide peptides and krestin (PSK) to stimulate and repress various immune responses.
  • It can fight cancer cells with the help of peptides and krestin–a skill that’s currently being studied in Japan and China.
  • It contains beta-glucans.

Turkey tail mushroom is a favorite. Many use it to help their dogs fight off cancer, and American mycologist, Paul Stamets, preaches about its benefits constantly, even claiming it helped his own mother during her recovery from breast cancer.

#3 Maitake

The maitake mushroom is often called the “hen of the woods” and is scientifically known as Grifola frondosa. This is a gourmet mushroom that is often used as a meat replacement across Asia. However, it also has many benefits for the immune system.

Maitake is actually a powerful adaptogen, which means:

  • It can help protect your body against illness and disease.
  • It can improve the body’s natural stress response.
  • It can support your immune system by helping it against diseases.

Maitake is another fungus that’s full of beta-glucans, which is important for supporting the immune system and can even provide cancer-fighting properties to benefit the body. Studies also support Maitake’s abilities to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.