Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi mushroom, is an edible type of medicinal fungus known to have extensive health benefits and has been used medicinally for over 4000 years.
Reishi mushrooms grow above ground and produce “a fruiting body” along with connective strands (called mycelium), which are turned into an herbal medicines, tinctures, teas, powders and extracts.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fully-grown reishi mushrooms were dried, cut into slices, boiled in hot water and then steeped to make a healing tea/soup.
Throughout history and in naturopathic medicine today, reishi mushrooms have an adaptogenic effect on the body, meaning they help your body deal with the negative effects of stress such as increased inflammation, depleted energy levels, damaged blood vessels and various types of hormonal imbalances. Studies have repeatedly shown that reishi mushrooms have antioxidant abilities that allow them to strengthen the body’s defences against cancer, autoimmune conditions, heart disease, allergies, infections and more.
Reishi mushrooms are primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in reishi mushrooms.
These concentrated compounds have shown potential in protection against tumour formation, improved liver function, improved blood sugar control and a reduced risk of asthma, allergies and infection.
Reishi mushrooms are non-toxic and can be taken daily without producing any side effects.
You can find a quality reishi supplement in the form of reishi mushroom powder, liquid reishi mushroom extract, reishi mushroom capsules or in a reishi mushroom complex with other synergistic mushrooms, herbs and nutrients.
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