Reishi mushrooms, or Ganoderma lucidium, is well-known
King of Herbs and the
Mushroom of Immortality.
It has earned its reputation due to its ability to
promote vitality and overall body balance, strengthening
the immune system and preventing a wide range of
diseases. Throughout Chinese history dating back 2000
years, Reishi mushrooms were widely used for medicinal
and health purposes.
With more than 400 bioactive
compounds, Reishi has attracted the attention of
researchers world-wide. Evidence of its efficacy is
shown to the extent that it is officially accepted for
use in conventional medical sectors in some countries.
Among the hundreds of biologically-active compounds
found in Reishi mushrooms, five compounds in particular
have been highlighted as the major components that
contribute to most of its active pharmacological
properties. They are the polysaccharides, triterpenoids,
adenosine, organic germanium and ganoderic essence.
Polysaccharidesare one of the most active elements found in Reishi
mushrooms. Their water-soluble polysaccharides possess
anti-cancer properties, information that has already
been established with research. Polysaccharides activate
natural killer cells that identify and kill foreign
bodies, and stimulate production of tumor-necrosis
factors TNF, a group of cytokines that can cause death
to cancer cells. Of all the polysaccharides,
Beta-D-glucan proved to be the most potent
strengthen the immune system, assist in the
detoxification process disposing of toxic deposits
within the body, and play a major role in maintaining
cellular health by strengthening cell membranes reducing
damage to healthy cells. Polysaccharides found in Reishi
mushrooms help improve skin condition by eliminating
dead surface cells, thus, resulting in reduced signs of
aging. They also regulate blood sugar levels improving
pancreatic functions, and prevent hypoglycemia and
diabetes. Moreover, polysaccharides help to improve the
capacity of red blood cell in transferring oxygen
throughout the entire body, acting as an adaptogen by
reducing the stress and bodily changes resulting from
Triterpenoidsare another group of biologically active compounds
found in Reishi mushrooms. Triterpenoid are responsible
for the bitter taste of the mushrooms. Like
polysaccharides, triterpenoids also exhibit anti-cancer
properties and enhance the immune system. Since
triterpenoids are capable of inhibiting histamine
release, they are prized for their anti-allergy and
anti-inflammatory properties. They function as an
anti-oxidant and improve digestion. Triterpenoids
prevent blood clots by inhibiting platelet aggregation.
They also play an important role in promoting
cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol and fats,
thus, lowering the level of cholesterol and blood
pressure. Therefore, triterpenoids are to treat or
prevent hypertension and hypercholesterolemia.
Adenosineprevents blood clots by lowering the platelet
agglutination level, preventing blockages and enhancing
blood circulation. Adenosine also lowers cholesterol
levels by reducing the levels of blood lipids.
Additionally, soluble adenosine increases the metabolic
rate which boosts energy and promotes vigour and
vitality. Adenosine acts as an anti-inflammatory,
provides endocrine-balancing properties, balances blood
pH, and normalizes irregular heart rhythms.
another potent compound from Reishi mushrooms, and is
known for its ability to balance the body’s electrical
system by regulating electrical charges around cells. It
increases the oxygen absorption rate up to 1.5 times,
hence, increasing oxygen content and preventing tissue
degeneration. As a detoxifier, organic germanium
eliminates water soluble toxins such as heavy metals.
With an abundance of anti-oxidant properties, organic
germanium is capable of inhibiting free radicals which
are known to cause aging, cellular degeneration and
cancer, thus, strengthening the immune system.
found in Reishi mushrooms is effective as a topical
application of the treatment of skin diseases including,
rashes, wounds, stings and sunburn, thus, beautifying
the skin in the process. It can also stop external
bleeding and relieve mouth ulcers. It boosts the body’s
functions and rejuvenates cells, contributing to
increased vitality and youthfulness. Ganoderic essence
is responsible for revitalizing the hair, helping it to
regrow after loss, and maintaining the original color
The demand for Reishi mushrooms
continues to escalate due to the wide range of
pharmacological properties found in this ancient herb.
There is a wide range of available products from which
to benefit from Reishi’s potent properties including,
supplements in all forms, Reishi coffee, Reishi tea,
Reishi spore oil, Reishi shampoo and Reishi hand cream.
The best Reishi products will be available at Asian
stores and apothecaries where they’re fresh and you’ll
find knowledgeable herbalists to help you decide which
is best for your needs.