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April 04, 2022 4 min read

Welp, winter is here, and with winter comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Many of us need or want to take extra care of our bodies in the winter to ensure that our immune systems can handle whatever is thrown our way. And with winter looming for the foreseeable future, there is no better time to get into a routine to stay healthy and safe through the season.

Types of Tea to boost the immune system

In general, tea is very good for the immune system. Typically packed with antioxidants and often containing antiviral or antibacterial properties, drinking tea has long been a custom to promote good health.

In the Western world, green teas, and/or matcha teas (matcha is a type of green tea,) have surged in popularity, possibly due to their high volume of protective polyphenols, which are natural compounds that can provide health benefits and their powerful antioxidants which can help support a healthy body.

Conversely, black tea has not always been highly regarded for those same health-promoting qualities. Typically associated with its caffeine content and often viewed as an alternative to coffee, studies are showing that black tea could have the same benefits as green tea.

Both black and green tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, but their preparation differs which is why the resulting teas have different colors and flavors. However, a study published by the National Institutes of Health shows that both types may boost your immune system.

Best mushroom tea for the immune system

The new kid on the block is not a tea made from Camellia sinensis at all – it is a tea that is made from mushrooms.

If you’ve heard of functional mushrooms, you already know that they can provide some amazing health benefits above and beyond your local grocery store varieties. Some of these types of mushrooms have been used for centuries in East Asian cultures to support good health.

Generally, the fruiting body of the mushroom, which is the stalk and mushroom cap, is used as an extract to support therapeutic uses*, while the part underground (the mycelial,) is used as a supplemental superfood.* Many mushroom powders you find on the market today incorporate both components of the mushroom and can maximize some of the health benefits associated with the functional ‘shroom.

Chaga mushroom tea to boost the immune system

When looking for immune system support, the Chaga mushroom, a functional mushroom originating from Russia, is your best bet!

Much like tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant, Chaga mushrooms contain antioxidants to beneficially influence the immune system’s first-line defenses.* Not only that, but according to Medical News Today, they also may help regulate the production of cytokines, which help to stimulate the body’s white blood cells and help the body’s cells communicate to support the immune system. Moreover, they contain a wide variety of nutrients to support good overall health.*

A person's hands drinking a cup of mushroom tea.

Chaga mushroom health benefits

Due to the antioxidants they contain, Chaga mushrooms can help the body fight excess free radicals, which in high levels can be harmful to your body in a variety of ways. Too many free radicals can lead to oxidative stress, which according to Healthline, can lead to an increased risk of negative health outcomes.

The best way to get antioxidants is naturally through healthy plant foods. Antioxidants have also been known to fight inflammation, and chronic inflammation can lead your white blood cells to attack healthy organs and tissues.

For more information on all of the health benefits associated with Chaga mushrooms, click here.

Natural immune-boosting tea recipe

You may have googled “natural immune-boosting tea recipe” to get here, and if you did, you likely saw several recipes for tea that you can make at home. Most don’t use the Camellia sinensis plant or functional mushrooms, but instead rely on some combination of turmeric, ginger, and pepper (cayenne or black) and take a bit of preparation.

If you’re looking for an easier solution that is guaranteed to be packed with adaptogens and other health-supporting compounds, consider Rritual’s Chaga Immune Elixir as your starting point.

Aside from both Chaga’s fruiting body and mycelial, Rritual’s Chaga Immune Elixir also contains ingredients to maximize the benefits to your body, like Astragalus root, Schisandra berries, and Eleuthero root to support healthy immune and stress responses, your body’s healthy defenses, and whole-body support.*

We recommend adding 3 g (or 1 stick) to 6-8 oz of warm oat milk (or whichever non-dairy beverage suits your fancy!) to get a tangy, peanut buttery flavor. When mixed with water, you’ll note a mild herbal tea flavor with notes of freshly chopped oat grass, earthy roots, and dried berries with a mild zest of tangy citrus and ginger. For more delicious ways to use Chaga mushroom powder to supercharge your immune system, click here.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.

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