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What is Reishi?

Reishi mushroom is also know as Ganoderma Lucidum, called Ling Zhi in China, it is one of the olders herbal mushrooms used in todays medicine. The Reishi mushroom, used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb, has many therapeutic and medicinal properties. Used mostly in the far East of China and Japan, there are many uses for this supplement.

As the mushroom was rare and expensive treatments were reserved for royalty. Through tecnological advancements growing Reishi Mushrooms has now become a reality thus lowering the cost of this mushroom making it available to the everyday person.

Health Benefits:
Some of the more important functions include boosting your immune function, reducing your stress while helping to increase relaxation, fighting fatigue in the body while boosting energy and vitality levels, and helping to fight off chronic fatigue.

Its also beneficial to those with asthma and bronchitis, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the Reishi mushroom. In addition, it acts as an anti-coagulant, to help thin blood. Fighting allergies is also one of the functions of the Reishi mushroom.

Many experts also look to the Reishi mushroom for helping to lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and help increase the beauty and vitality of skin. While the studies still need to be conducted, some believe the Reishi mushroom to be an anti-cancer agent, as well. The Reishi mushroom contains polysaccharides, a substance that has fought cancerous tumors in mice. Polysaccharides also help to enhance the immune system.

Triterpenes in the mushroom are what is believed to assist in lowering blood pressure. The side effects experienced by eating the Reishi mushroom are generally rare, but they can include dry mouth, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, skin rashes, and nosebleeds in a small amount of the population. If any of these symptoms arise in you, you should reduce your dosage or discontinue your use of the Reishi mushroom. Guidelines as far as dosage go as follows:

General health supplement: 500mg twice per day
Heart disease: 1500mg per day
Immune system enhancement: 500mg three times per day
Bronchitis: 1500mg per day while the condition persists

Reishi mushrooms can be found in supplements, capsules, powders, teas, and coffees, providing numerous ways to get your dose.

The scientific community did not start investigate the therapeutic properties of reishi mushroom until the early 1970s. There was not enough standardized Reishi to conduct experimental evaluation of the properties before researchers at Kyoto University initiated controlled cultivation of the reishi mushroom.

An interesting discovery occurred when the researchers found that the six colour variations of Reishi were one species. It was found out that all six colours could be grown from the same gene.

It was found that Reishi mushroom possess bio-active, anti-tumour and immune system stimulating abilities including anti-allergic, anticancer and antiviral value. As an adaptogenic agent Reishi mushroom are capable of resolving a broad spectrum of illnesses by affecting a number of organ systems.

After analyzing the bio-active components of Reishi mushroom, the researchers concluded that it would be difficult to find a more complete or potent immune enhancing supplement. In fact, reishi has the ability to restore the efficacy of the cytokine system and greatly enhances NK (Natural Killer) cell activity.

Case studies have found it to enable the immune system to deal favorably with a broad range of autoimmune disorders when used in conjunction with dietary and detoxification modifications. Reishi has also shown to be beneficial with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), improving circulation, decreasing serum cholesterol, decreasing serum glucose (anti-diabetic) and relieving the nausea of cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

As mentioned above, reishi have the ability to stimulate natural killer cells, to improve immune function and to combat viral infection.

According to Wasser and Weis, in a paper published in 1999, the Reishi mushroom has been documented to possess many medical properties. Among those are, anti-inflammatory, antitumour, antiviral, antibacterial, blood pressure regulation, protection of the liver, chronic bronchitis etc.

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