5 Ways Reishi Mushrooms Can Improve Your Health

With so many health trends floating around, you could be forgiven for thinking mushrooms are just one of “those” passing fads. However, the medicinal benefits of mushrooms, particularly the Reishi mushroom, have been around a lot longer than you might think. And we’re not talking a decade or two; we’re talking more like thousands of years!

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Reishi mushrooms. Photo credit: TecheOldFox (Techieoldfox) at Mushroom Observer

Red Reishi, also known as “Ling-Zhi”, has been around since 200 BC. documented in Chinese medicine. Proof that this type of mushroom is much more than the average health geek’s latest experiment. In fact, this ancient Asian medicine has very real health benefits, which we’re about to reveal to you!

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What are Reishi Mushrooms?

To fully appreciate the benefits of these mushroom powerhouses, you need to understand exactly what they are. These are no ordinary breakfast mushrooms and you won’t find them on the supermarket shelf among the leeks and horseradish, plump and ready to slice and dice into a delicious stir fry.

Instead, the earthy-tangerine colored Reishi mushrooms are fan-shaped and commercially grown and made into capsules, gummies, teas, tinctures, and energy bars. Unfortunately, while Reishi mushrooms are safe to eat in their natural state, they are naturally woody in texture (hard and chewy) and taste bitter. Obviously, these are two characteristics you want to avoid when feasting on a delicious mushroom omelet!

At this point, you’re probably wondering how this bitter mushroom could improve your life. In short, Reishi mushrooms are great for boosting the body’s immunity and have calming anti-inflammatory properties.

Reishi mushrooms are beneficial to our health because:

  • They are adaptogenic stress relievers: Adaptogens improve and help the body respond physically well to stress and stressful events.
  • They are rich in antioxidants: They help neutralize free radicals (disease and cancer-causing compounds) in the body and promote overall health.

Top 5 Benefits of Reishi Mushroom

Listed below are five Reishi mushroom health benefits that could potentially give your life the mushroom boost it needs!

  • Combat burnout (reduce stress and fatigue)

Because of their high levels of antioxidants, vitamin B12, and anti-inflammatory properties, reishi mushrooms can help the body fight stress and respond well to external stressors.

In addition, amino acids such as ergothionein (an anti-inflammatory compound) found in mushrooms are not produced by the body. But by eating mushrooms, you can increase your dietary intake of these anti-inflammatory properties, thereby reducing inflammation in the body. Did you know that inflammation can be linked to depression and anxiety?

Reishi mushrooms contain a chemical compound called eritadenine, which may lower blood pressure similar to prescription blood pressure medications. While this is great news for those suffering from high blood pressure, taking reishi along with prescription blood pressure medication could drop your blood pressure to dangerous levels. So if you are taking any medication, please consult your doctor before indulging in the power of the mushroom.

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  • Puts bad cholesterol in its place

At some point we all reach an “age” where cholesterol levels become crucial to our overall health, which often means that our diet needs to be changed (reduced salt, sugar and trans fats). Reishi mushroom has the answer to this problem as it contains cholesterol-lowering compounds (triterpenes and beta-glucans) that help reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein), also known as bad cholesterol.

  • Increases regeneration of liver cells

Let us introduce you to one of the body’s organs that nobody thinks about until it’s not working properly, the liver! The liver is vital to our health and existence in performing more than five hundred life-sustaining functions, including regulating blood sugar and metabolizing amino acids for energy. Reishi mushrooms have been found to promote liver regeneration in mice and improve their ability to filter toxins from the body. As far as we can see, the evidence is there; Healthy liver means healthy life!

  • Kickstarts the immune system

It is believed that beta-glucans in Reishi mushrooms enhance the body’s immune system response to prevent and fight infection by positively affecting white blood cells. In addition, the Reishi mushroom is used in some Asian cultures to treat patients with HIV and cancer.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, adding reishi mushrooms to your diet can have some amazing health benefits and give you that extra health boost you need.

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