Fight Disease with Reishi Mushrooms

Nov. 28, 2018; by Briana McDonald ( Reishi mushrooms are not new to the scene of natural healing, in fact they have been used medicinally for thousands of years and has been revered in Asian societies as one of the oldest symbols of well being and longevity. Also known as the “mushrooms of immortality” or ganoderma lucidum in the scientific community, these mushrooms can help fight disease, boost your immunity and improve liver detoxification. How else can you fight disease with reishi mushrooms? Let’s take a look.

Reishi Mushrooms as an Adaptogenic Herb
Throughout history reishi mushrooms have fallen into the category of adaptogenic herbs which help your body deal with the negative side effects of stress such as increased inflammation, low energy levels, damaged blood vessels and hormonal imbalances. Studies show us that reishi mushrooms have antioxidant abilities that allow them to strengthen the body’s immune system which help to fight disease, allergies, infections and more. (1)
Some of the amazing health-promoting compounds that help fend off disease are polysacchraides and triterpenes. These compounds have been proven to help lower inflammation, heal chronic fatigue and support the adrenal glands and nervous system, heal from digestive issues, treat tumor growth and cancers, heal diabetes, and treat viruses including the flu, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. They do this by working as an “immune modulator” by helping to restore hormonal balance, and bring the body back to homeostasis. (2)
Fight Disease with Reishi Mushrooms 
Studies show that reishi mushrooms help to release natural killer cells which work to remove various types of mutated cells from the body. This makes the reishi mushroom ideal for working to prevent and fight disease. Other ways this mushroom helps support healing in the body is by:
  • activating cytotoxic receptors
  • inhibiting cell proliferation
  • enhancing immune response
  • converting excess testosterone to dihydrotesterone (3)
Reishi Mushrooms may help you live longer 
In 2009, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry published a study that displayed the life-span extending properties of the polysaccharides found in the reishi mushroom. The molecules promote longevity by boosting immune system function and preventing abnormal blood vessel formations that could lead to life threatening cancer growths. In other words, if you drank this as a tea every day or took it in capsule form, it could have huge long term pay offs. (4)
Reishi mushrooms have anti cancer properties 
Not only has the reishi mushroom been shown to prevent the development of cancer, but studies show that reishi mushroom may eliminate existing cancer cells in the body. In 2010, Pharmacological Reports published a study that highlighted the role of ganoderic acid, a triterpinoid found in the reishi mushroom, in the inhibition of the development and metastasis of tumors. A later study, published in 2011 expanded on this and found that bio active compounds within the fungus may actually seek out and eradicate existing cancerous cells within the body.
Reishi mushrooms can help regenerate the liver 
Our liver plays a pretty important role eliminating toxins from the body and what not so you may want to keep your working well, right? A 2013 study in Food and Chemical Toxicology used the power of the reishi mushroom to reverse chemical-driven liver damage in mice.The same compounds that displayed anti-cancer properties in other studies also appear to help the release of free radicals and promote liver cell regeneration. (5)
Now that you know you can fight disease with reishi mushrooms, what are you waiting for?

Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.

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