Often called the “Longevity Mushroom”, Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) helps calm your mind, boosts energy and encourages a good night’s sleep. Traditional medicine practitioners have believed Reishi to promote health, balance body functions and increase life expectancy without any side effects. Scientists have determined that Reishi mushrooms are beneficial for supporting longevity and wellness and contain over 400 different bioactive compounds including triterpenoids, polysaccharides, nucleotides, sterols, steroids, fatty acids, proteins, peptides and trace elements, that assist the body in numerous ways.
The Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms: A Detailed Guide
Some of the benefits of Reishi Mushrooms include:
- Helps patients with health conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Cancer, diabetes
- Used in anti-tumor drugs to prevent Cancer
- Reishi mushrooms are adaptogens
- Supportive for sleep and a restful mind
- Supportive of lung and respiratory health
- Maintains blood sugar levels
- Supports immune system
- Supportive of the lower urinary tract
Asian cultures have relied on the medicinal properties of Reishi mushrooms for centuries. Chinese healers first mentioned this mushroom in texts over 2,000 years ago and referred to it as the “elixir of immortality.” Mushrooms have a remarkable ability to produce a variety of high-molecular-weight polysaccharide structures, and bioactive polyglycans can be found in all parts of the mushroom. Polysaccharides are biologically diverse macromolecules with a wide range of physiochemical properties. Different polysaccharides can be extracted from the fruit body, spores and mycelia of Reishi. These polysaccharides are produced by fungal mycelia cultured in fermenters and can differ in their sugar and peptide compositions as well as their molecular weight.
Reishi mushroom is a popular and rich source of numerous potential health benefits. It is known to boost the immune system, fight cancer cells, improve several body functions and promote wound healing due to the presence of triptanes. Moreover, Reishi mushroom contains triterpenes that can enhance mood, reduce anxiety, relieve depression, calm the mind and alleviate stress. Besides these, there are several other advantages that one can obtain from the regular usage of Reishi mushrooms. The Reishi mushroom is an excellent source of important minerals, vitamins (especially vitamin D and B-complex vitamins), amino acids, macronutrients, antioxidants and protein, despite being non-animal-based.
For centuries, Reishi mushrooms have been used in Asian countries to treat infections, as well as in the treatment of pulmonary diseases and cancer. In Japan and China, medicinal mushrooms have been approved to be used as adjuncts to standard cancer treatments for over 30 years, and they have a long history of safe clinical use as single agents or in combination with chemotherapy.
Reishi mushroom has been traditionally used to improve the immune system, reduce stress, enhance sleep quality, and alleviate fatigue. It has been found to be useful for treating various health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, liver or kidney diseases, respiratory diseases (such as asthma), viral infections (such as the flu), HIV/AIDS, cancer and pain during and after shingles outbreak. Recent scientific evidence supports the effectiveness of the Reishi mushroom, as some laboratory research and human studies have indicated its potential benefits. Researchers are further exploring the chemical composition of this mushroom to gain a better understanding of its therapeutic properties and how it can be used for various health conditions.
At Organic Mushrooms, we use certified organic mushrooms to unlock the most beneficial compounds like beta-glucans and improve bioavailability. Our products are organic, GMO and gluten-free and are produced in Canada from start to finish ensuring quality and authenticity. We are able to offer the goodness of Reishi Mushrooms in the form of Reishi Capsules, Reishi infused gummies, Reishi extract powder as well as Reishi tinctures. It is recommended to mix Reishi tinctures in juices or a hot beverage of your choice to tone down its strong alcohol-like taste.
It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before adding Reishi mushroom-based supplements to your daily routine, just like any other natural remedy or supplement, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking medications. However, Reishi mushrooms provide an exciting opportunity to explore the potential benefits of natural remedies in promoting health and well-being, reminding us once more of the vast possibilities within nature without pharmacies.