Reishi Mushroom Benefits
Everyone likes to be onto a winner. We’re still finding out about all the features and health benefits of many fungi, but Reishi Mushroom benefits have been known for thousands of years and are well supported by modern science.
That’s a winner in my eyes, and it’s why Reishi Mushroom powder is a crucial ingredient for Athletic Greens.
This wonder mushroom has many names. Reishi is its Japanese name, its Chinese name is Lingzhi, and its Latin name is Ganoderma lucidum.
You could also call Reishi “the Mushroom of Millennia”. Mushrooms have been used in Traditional Asian Medicine for over two thousand years. Of these, Reishi Mushroom has always been particularly revered as a tonic for total wellbeing, longevity and vitality.
These days a lot of people take it as an immune booster and it is often sought out in health food stores and Chinese grocery stores for this reason. But many other benefits have been proven in modern times. More on those later.
Fun fact: Reishi Mushroom was known to ancient peoples as “the mushroom of immortality”.
Reishi Mushroom: Rare, And Really Special
Most of us know just a few varieties of mushrooms, whether we use them for cooking or in health products. But we’re barely scratching the surface - the number of different mushroom species on earth is estimated to be around 140,000 and we only know around 10%!
Of the roughly 140,000 species, about 50% are considered to be edible to some degree, over 2000 of them are safe, and a huge 700 are known to have significant pharmacological properties.
I always thought there was something a bit magical about mushrooms. Maybe it’s the way they often appear right after it’s rained.
Reishi Mushrooms are even more magical. They are incredibly rare in nature, growing around the base of only one or two maple trees in a forest of thousands.
The mushroom has a distinctive appearance. It’s flat - it looks a bit like a shelf - and has vibrant red, orange and yellow colouring. It’s tough and chewy, so it’s often ingested in powder form, in dietary supplements, or as a tea.
Luckily, modern methods of cultivation have made it accessible and affordable, because it exerts over 125 different pharmacological effects on the human body! Most notably, anti-cancer, immune-regulating and life-extending.
Reishi Mushroom Benefits Are Nothing Short Of Brilliant
As I mentioned earlier, the Latin name for Reishi Mushroom is Ganoderma lucidum. Lucidus means shiny, or brilliant, referring to the mushroom’s shiny, varnish-like surface.
But Reishi Mushroom isn’t just brilliant in looks, it’s brilliant for all its health benefits too.
In fact, it’s hard to know where to start with the benefits of this special fungus.
I’ll begin with the constituents that make Reishi Mushroom so special. It has many bioactive compounds which work together in complex ways. For example:
Ganoderic acid - which has a chemical structure similar to steroid hormones.
Polysaccharides such as beta-glucan and mannitol.
Fungal Immunomodulatory Proteins (FIPs).
These constituents lead to a long list of benefits. Here’s a taster:
✔ Cancer prevention and treatment
You might have seen this already and it’s not surprising as it’s definitely one to shout from the rooftops. Reishi Mushrooms’ proven anti-cancer properties are due to:
Increased natural killer and white blood cell count
Inhibition of inflammatory pathways
Improved response to chemotherapy and radiotherapy
Inhibition of cancer spread (metastasis)
It also leads to an improved quality of life after treatment.
✔ Immune system regulation
Reishi inhibits inflammation pathways. It also regulates immune cells. It is proven to increase size, activity and effectiveness of white blood cells and is helpful for both under and over active immune states (that is, autoimmunity).
Everyone wants to know the secret to living longer - and feeling good while you do it! Reishi Mushroom protects DNA from damage, boosts antioxidant activity, and promotes the expression of key longevity genes.
✔ To combat fatigue and foster well being
That’s the feeling good part: Reishi Mushroom gives you energy and fosters general well being.
✔ To prevent obesity
Reishi Mushroom prevents the formation of new fats cell in obese people. It may also help regulate blood sugar.
✔ To assist in the treatment of allergies
It also inhibits the release of histamine from mast cells.
But wait, there’s more...
As if this wasn’t enough, there’s other possible benefits too, including:
Improved cardiovascular health
Better outcomes for patients with neurodegenerative disease and liver protection.
You ready to try it?
Dosage and safety
Dosage is dependent on the condition, but a general recommendation is 6 - 12 grams of Reishi Mushroom powder, daily.
A great thing about Reishi Mushroom is that it packs in so many benefits and is also safe at high doses, so most people can reap the benefits.
I can almost hear you thinking: so what’s the catch? Well, there’s very few, if any. Rare cases of nausea and insomnia have been reported.
Reishi Mushroom Benefits Everyone, Young And Old
So here’s what we know:
Reishi Mushroom is a remarkably well-studied, traditional Chinese herb that holds its own in a modern medical context.
It appears to be a valuable adjunct to cancer therapy, with proven benefits for the immune system, response to treatment and general wellbeing.
In fact, Reishi Mushroom may represent one of the most impressive herbal tools for illnesses of age and modern lifestyle, fighting immune dysfunction, fatigue, obesity and oxidative stress.
It goes without saying that this marvellous mushroom is a superstar for Athletic Greens!
Not only because it has so many features and benefits on its own, but also because it works incredibly well with other ingredients in our mix.
For example it happily works with other immune boosting ingredients such as Zinc and Vitamin C.
It may also work well with alpha lipoic acid and grapeseed extract to prevent cell damage, and with citrus bioflavonoids to reduce allergy symptoms.
All this goodness is mixed into our delicious Athletic Greens superfood supplement, so you can know you’re getting the maximum Reishi Mushroom benefits, every day.