Reishi—with the scientific name of Ganoderma lucidum—is a fungus that has been used for centuries with the belief of promoting health. It is also known as lingzhi or the “herb of spiritual potency”, revered as a potent medicinal mushroom.
Coming across reishi mushrooms in the wild was so rare at one time that only emperors and nobility had access to them. Fortunately, reishi is now cultivated on a variety of substrates so everyone can consume this divine fungus as much as they please. If you’re ready to consume this mushroom like the set of royalty you are, let’s dive in and find out why the ancient Chinese valued their reishi tea so much.
What Is Reishi Used For?
Historically, reishi tea was used to treat a variety of health conditions, including fatigue, anxiety, liver dysfunction, and cough.
Reishi is commonly consumed to improve the immune system, lower blood pressure, regulate blood glucose levels, reduce inflammation, neutralize allergies, and regulate the endocrine system, and as a way to balance hormone levels.
Benefits of Reishi and the Research That Backs It Up
The active compounds responsible for the health benefits of reishi are:
- Triterpenes – For anti-inflammation
- Polysaccharides – Improve your immune system response
- Ganoderic acids – Inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells and reduces inflammation
Here is a glance at a few of the studies on these unique compounds and their proven health benefits.
The triterpene acids and sterols in reishi exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties.
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There are many studies on the cancer-inhibiting action of reishi mushrooms. Ganoderic acids present in reishi mushrooms inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. Compounds in reishi mushrooms also inhibit and kill prostate cancer cells.
Since breast cancer and prostate cancer are two of the deadliest forms of cancer, regular consumption of reishi tea is a simple anti-cancer prophylactic measure.
Certain compounds in reishi initiate the immune response. In other words, improved immune system function is one of the known reishi health benefits. The immuno-stimulating effects of reishi are responsible for its tumor suppression action.
Reishi reduced inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis by optimizing immune system function. In short, reishi mushrooms reduced inflammatory markers, indicating it contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Reishi also protects the liver from toxicity.
How and When to Take Reishi
Reishi supplements are available in many forms, including powders, capsules, teas, and tinctures. The general recommended dosage of reishi is 1,000-4,000 milligrams per day of dry powder or 1,000-1,500 milligrams per day of extract.
One can consume reishi at any time of day, but most people enjoy a cup of reishi tea around noon or before bedtime. Consume reishi at regular intervals for optimal benefits.
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