Reishi is a woody textured mushroom. It is scientifically known as Ganoderma lucidum, from the Greek words ganos (“brightness, sheen”), derma (“skin”) and lucidum (“glowing”). Reishi’s Chinese name, Ling Zhi, means “herb of spiritual potency”.
Reishi’s powerful medicinal properties come from its body, spores and mycelia. These contain approximately 400 different bioactive compounds including Beta-D-Glucans, ganoderans, nucleotides, fatty acids, proteins/peptides and trace elements. These compounds have been reported to have a number of pharmacological effects including inflammation management and anti-aging.
Reishi has been used extensively across Asia for over two thousand years. Known as the “mushroom of immortality” it was used in China by Taoist monks to promote a centered calmness while attaining a long and healthy life. It is known to promote longevity, resist aging and boost energy, while acting as an anti-viral antioxidant to aid with with stress, inflammation and allergies.
Many studies have demonstrated the ability of Reishi mushroom polysaccharides to restore the level of IL-2 production that becomes inhibited with aging.
Reishi may help to support liver function and help waste and toxin elimination in the body.
Reishi naturally contains acidic substances called triterpenes, a type of ganoderic acid that is tied to the body’s response against allergies and reactions associated with asthma.
Reishi mushrooms are considered a natural antibacterial and antifungal ingredient. Use has been shown to support the immune system and encourage healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.
Reishi is particularly beneficial if your immunity feels low or you have lung concerns and breathing difficulties. Reishi can also be used to support liver health, and help you to better manage food allergies and fatigue.
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