ganoderma lucidum mushroom powder (50 g)
Reishi Mushrooms for Health
Much is said about the health benefits of reishi mushrooms. Studies are ongoing into its immune system enhancing and possible cancer fighting effects. Why all the good news about reishi? They contain multiple active ingredients including: polysaccharides and triterpenes.
Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates made up of chains of sugars. These sugars stabilize blood pressure and blood sugar, and have an effect on free radicals.
Specific polysaccharides, known as Beta-D-Glucans, are also suspected to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer. The exact cancer fighting action of these molecules is still not clear and is under study. Rather than attacking tumors themselves, some researchers believe they stimulate the production of T cells to fight the afflicted cells.
Triterpenes are steroid like molecules that inhibit histamine release and have anti-inflammatory properties. The triterpenes in reishi are known as ganoderic acids.
Reishi mushrooms are often taken for the below conditions:
- Cancer, especially leukemia
- As a preventative right before and during flu season
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Inflammatory conditions
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Radiation poisoning
- Candida infections