Reishi: The Mushroom of Immortality
Reishi mushroom is perhaps the most popular mushroom in herbal medicine for its therapeutic properties. Reishi mushroom contains high levels of beta-glucans, which are complex sugars that play a critical role in regulating and improving the immune system. The history of Reishi mushroom as a superfood and natural remedy begins over 4000 years ago in ancient Chinese herbal medicine, where this mushroom held vital importance as a powerful illness preventative and for it’s incredible anti-aging properties.
Reishi mushroom is one of the rare treasures of nature that offers support in various health disorders.
Here are some the most essential and well documented health benefits of Reishi Mushrooms. All of the following conditions are proven by scientific research.
Health Benefits of Reishi mushroom
1) Anti-aging Properties
Reishi mushroom has a large number of antioxidants, and such antioxidants help fight off free radicals which allow tired cells to become carriers of diseases and ailments. Other chemicals within Reishi mushroom contribute to preventing illnesses associated with aging, such as cancer, stroke, and obesity.
The consumption of Reishi mushroom strengthens the immune system. It has a well respected reputation as a disease fighter and a powerful immune-boosting mushroom. It is an immuno-stimulant it is shown to improve the count of white blood cells and stimulate the production of biological cells, which builds resistance to bacteria and viruses. Several research studies reported that Reishi mushroom not only promotes the immune system it also promotes immune cell activity.
Reishi mushroom helps in improving memory as well as in treating brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease. Reishi mushroom has shown amazing ability in regenerating neuron damage. When combined with other brain function boosting mushrooms (such as Lion’s Mane) the synergistic effect is amazing.
Reishi mushroom possesses unusual curative properties. Various species of Reishi mushroom have been found to have anti-proliferative properties. Basically stated: Reishi is capable of inhibiting the growth of cancer. Here again, combinations of Reishi and other cancer inhibiting mushrooms such as Turkey Tail can reverse cancer and prevent it from every gaining a foothold.
5) Improves Digestive Health
While there are many herbs which promote digestion, Reishi mushroom is one of the most potent and has tremendous potential for improving digestive functions. Reishi mushroom stimulates the secretion of digestive juices like acid and bile, assists the intestinal villi in effective absorption of nutrients, and effectively aids digestion by eliminating acidity, thereby providing relief from stomach upsets.
7) Weight Loss
Reishi is an advantageous fat burner as it aids in the breakdown of fat cells. Thus, foods containing Reishi mushroom are excellent choices for one trying to lose weight naturally. Once fat cells are broken up to their component elements by the Reishi they can be utilized and passed out of the body.
8) Improves Cardiovascular Functions
Reishi is also effective at eliminating the cholesterol build up in blood vessels, which helps to prevent a condition called hypertension which effects many people.
Several research studies have found that Reishi lowers blood glucose levels in people who have diabetes and could be an effective remedy and replacement/ supplement to existing diabetes drugs. Studies indicate that Reishi mushroom also suppresses enzymes associated with the increased chance of complications typically associated with diabetes, including eyesight, kidney and neurological complications.
10) Respiratory problems
It is beneficial for curing cough and cold. Reishi mushroom offers relief from sinus congestion and sinusitis and is highly useful to break up phlegm and the mucus from the lymph nodes. Reishi will help expel these materials, which makes it possible to recuperate from an infection or disease.
This herb has numerous detoxification properties. Reishi mushroom assists in preventing diseases such as cold, fever, lung disease and arthritis by removing harmful and toxic material from the body.
Reishi is truly an amazing mushroom and certainly worthy of it reputation as one of the “Mushrooms of Immortality”