Everything You Need to Know About Reishi Mushrooms
What is Reishi Mushrooms?
ushrooms are delicious edible fungi that make a great addition to savory meals. But did you know certain mushrooms have powerful medicinal properties and a 2000 year history of use in Traditional Eastern Medicine?
Keep reading as we explore the popular reishi mushrooms.
Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum), also known as Lingzhi in Chinese, are an edible fungus native to China, Korea, and Japan.
Nicknamed the “king of mushrooms", Reishi has been used for centuries in Asia to boost immunity and longevity. Traditionally, these red mushrooms were dried and steeped in hot water to make a potent healing tea.
Nowadays, reishi mushroom supplements are popular around the world for boosting immunity, reducing stress, regulating mood, and promoting energy. Our Rei-Shi Mushroom Formula provides a powerful bioactive blend of reishi and shiitake mushrooms for overall health and wellness.
How Reishi Mushrooms Works
Medicinal mushrooms like reishi and shiitake are known as adaptogens in traditional herbal medicine. This means they help your body adapt to mental, physical, and emotional stressors and reduce the negative impact of stress on your body.
Research has shown they're a rich source of over 400 biologically active compounds that work synergistically to provide powerful healing properties (1). This includes beta-glucans, polysaccharides, triterpenes, and terpenoids – compounds with potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating, and anti-cancer effects. Plus, they're packed with health-boosting fiber, fatty acids, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins.
These antioxidant-rich mushrooms help to defend your cells from unstable free radical compounds, reducing the risk of oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in the body. A 2017 study found that taking a 225 mg reishi mushroom supplement daily for 6 months improved total antioxidant capacity and the activity of antioxidant enzymes in the body (2). Their antioxidant content also makes these mushrooms powerful immune boosters.
Health Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms
Let's explore some of the health benefits you might experience when taking our VitaRx Rei-Shi Mushroom Formula.
Enhances Immune Function
Reishi mushrooms are most popular for supporting a strong, balanced immune system that helps to fight off infections and soothe allergies.
Its contents of beta-glucans, polysaccharides, and triterpenes are naturally antimicrobial, promote immune cell activity, and modulate overall immune function (3). Studies have also shown reishi extract could be particularly useful for those with compromised immunity, like cancer patients. When used alongside conventional treatments, it may promote lymphocyte and natural killer (NK) cell activity and could even suppress tumor growth (4, 5).
Consuming a reishi mushroom formula may help to protect you from premature signs of aging by reducing the drivers of aging – oxidative stress and inflammation.
Research has shown consuming mushrooms with medicial properties shows promise in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative conditions. According to studies on animal models, polysaccharides extracted from reishi may enhance neurogenesis, the process whereby new nerve cells are formed in the brain (6). The ability to form new neurons as we age is important for enhancing memory, learning, and overall cognitive functions.
Promotes Energy and Well-Being
A combination of reishi and shiitake mushrooms promotes healthy energy levels and quality of life by fighting fatigue and helping your body manage the negative effects of stress. They are a good source of nutrients like B-complex vitamins, which help your cells produce energy from the food you eat. They may be particularly useful for improving energy in those dealing with chronic illness and cancer.
An interesting 2015 study looked at women with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition characterized by pain, poor sleep, and severe fatigue (7). The study found that taking reishi mushroom extract for 6 weeks significantly improved physical performance, indicating a reduction in fatigue and greater well-being!
Another study on women dealing with fatigue from breast cancer treatment found reishi mushrooms significantly reduced fatigue and improved feelings of physical well-being (8).
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and low motivation? In the developed world, poor mental health is one of the leading causes of disability – and it's no wonder given the chronic stress that many people are under!
Evidence suggests that taking reishi mushroom extract could naturally help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, therefore increasing your quality of life and helping you face life's challenges (8).
Make Reishi Mushrooms Part of Your Daily Diet
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