A quick dive into the benefits of the Reishi mushroom

Reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma or in traditional Chinese herbalism, Ling zhi, has a rich history and is becoming quite popular today. Reishi has been used for over 2,000 years and is considered sacred and powerful.(1) Historically, this mushroom was rare and therefore quite valuable, so it was mostly reserved for royalty or those who were wealthy. Reishi has appeared in ancient artwork from paintings and sculptures to the walls of palaces and temples. Reishi has even been documented by scientists and pharmacologists throughout Chinese history as “food for the gods.”(1)

Learning this deep history of reishi may make you wonder: why was this mushroom so revered? First of all, reishi contains minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium, as well as proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber. In addition, reishi contains polysaccharides, triterpenes and peptidoglycans which are the main bioactive components that have been found to interact with our body in a supportive way,*(8) as I will go on to clarify.

Reishi mushroom is suggested to have adaptogenic abilities,* meaning it helps support the body as it adapts to different stress conditions, whether from environmental or physical conditions, or emotional stress.* Adaptogens maintain its healthy balance and resilience body. (2) and because of this, there are various benefits of reishi mushrooms.*

Benefits of Reishi mushroom

The Reishi mushroom contains polysaccharides called beta glucans that may support the body’s production of immune cells and proteins that are important for the immune response.* When we consume beta glucans, they may begin to interact with pathways in the body* that encourage the natural immune system to progress in a beneficial way.* (3)

In addition, reishi mushroom not only benefits the immune system, but also supports cardiovascular health by encouraging the body’s production of antioxidants, as well as maintaining a healthy cholesterol balance.* (4) An interesting thing to consider is that somehow, reishi mushrooms grow in the shape of a heart, which could be a fun and easy way to remember that this mushroom can support cardiovascular health.*

Plus, reishi supports aspects of our health that we can’t even see! What does this mean? Well, polysaccharides eatRom reishi mushrooms benefit a healthy gut microbiome* by providing nutrients to the bacteria that are desirable in the gut.* The balance of bacteria in the gut is important because when this is not maintained there can be an overgrowth of less beneficial bacteria and a reduction of helpful bacteria. Basically, the polysaccharides in reishi mushrooms support the balance of bacteria in the gut.* (5)

Another benefit of reishi is liver support.* Compounds in reishi mushrooms benefit the liver by supporting the body’s antioxidant system, which maintains a normal balance of oxidation and antioxidants.* (6) The liver helps the body with many different processes such as breaking down fats, storing energy and iron, and removing toxins. Our body’s organs and systems are so interconnected that supporting the liver benefits the rest of your body as well.

Finally, reishi can help you relax at the end of a busy day and can promote a good night’s sleep.* Interestingly, reishi has even been used historically to support a state of rest. Pig thieves in Vietnam and China used to give pigs reishi to keep them relaxed and quiet so they could be stolen more easily (7).

How to Get the Most Reishi Mushroom Benefits

Now that you’ve read about the many benefits of the reishi mushroom, you might be wondering: what’s the best way to consume reishi? Reishi is a very dense and hard mushroom, which makes it different from luscious, meaty culinary mushrooms like shiitakes or oyster mushrooms. The triterpenes in reishi also make it quite bitter and less appealing to eat. Reishi can be made into a broth or tea, but taking them in a meal probably wouldn’t be the most pleasant way to reap the benefits of these mushrooms. A simple and convenient way to get the benefits of reishi is to take a tincture, which can also be added to drinks to reduce the bitter taste.

Due to the fact that there are many different ingredients in reishi mushrooms, a few different processes must be done in order to get all the valuable compounds into the final product, such as a tincture. AdaptogenShrooms’s Reishi Calm tincture it is made using a double extraction method, meaning that both water and alcohol are used, and therefore compounds that are water soluble as well as those that are not both are extracted into the product. Taking tinctures made with this method allows us to get more of the benefits of the reishi mushroom.

There are many situations in life where reishi mushroom could be just what you want for your daily routine. If you’re in the middle of a week where you’re feeling overwhelmed and overwhelmed, adding reishi to your bedtime routine will help you maintain balance and calm in your life. a little love? Maybe it Reishi Calm tincture it is the right thing to try.*

bibliographical references

  1. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-9867-4_1
  2. DOI: 10.1111/nyas.13399
  3. DOI: 10.1016/s1074-7613(03)00233-4
  4. DOI: 10.1615/2018028370
  5. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.09.029
  6. DOI: 10.1080/13880209.2017.1288750
  7. Millman, Lawrence. Fungipedia: A Brief Compendium of Mushroom Lore. Princeton University Press, 2019.
  8. Shelf ID: NBK92757

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