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Description

Reishi is a type of mushroom widely used in Asian cultures. It has different benefits, such as improving the immune system and helping to reduce anxiety. It is currently used in many places around the world.

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Possible Benefits

  • Strengthens the immune system 
  • May help treat some infections
  • Decreases anxiety 
  • Helps reduce fatigue 
  • May help decrease joint pain
  • Can improve heart health
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Required Equipment

Supplement, capsules, or dry mushroom.

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How to Do It

You can consume reishi in different ways:

  1. As a supplement, take it according to the manufacturer's instructions. 
  2. In capsules 
  3. Making a tea with the dry mushroom
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Why it works

  • It has an immunomodulatory action, so it strengthens the immune system. It strengthens the body's resistance to possible infections and prepares it by eliminating possible harmful cells. 
  • One of the components of this fungus, terpenes, has the potential to act on the nervous system, producing a relaxing effect. For this reason, it has the potential to decrease anxiety and tension, as well as reduce fatigue. 
  • The triterpenoids it contains can help to decrease inflammation and thus decrease some pain. 
  • Some studies have shown that reishi helps to lower blood pressure, which is beneficial to cardiovascular health. 
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Time Commitment

1-5 minutes 

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Suggested Frequency

According to the manufacturer's instructions

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Time of Day

Any

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Possible Side Effects

Reishi powder should not be used for long. Prolonged use has shown damage to the liver. 

It can cause dry mouth and throat, and also stomach discomfort.

Not recommended for people with low blood pressure. 

Check with your doctor to make sure you can use this product.

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Notes

  • Reishi is one of the oldest mushrooms used in natural medicine. 
  • It has a bitter taste, so it may not be pleasant for some people when prepared in tea.
  • Its potential to help treat cancer is currently being studied. Some studies support this use.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/
  2. Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom) for cancer treatment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6353236/
  3. Randomized Clinical Trial for the Evaluation of Immune Modulation by Yogurt Enriched with β-Glucans from Lingzhi or Reishi Medicinal Mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (Agaricomycetes), in Children from Medellin, Colombia. http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/708ae68d64b17c52,66746bdc1bb430f2,249ed53b302a8d11.html
  4. Antiinflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties of Fungal Metabolites. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1160565/
  5. Ganoderma lucidum mycelia enhance innate immunity by activating NF-κB. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378874105005234?via%3Dihub
  6. Synergistic immuno-modulatory activity in human macrophages of a medicinal mushroom formulation consisting of Reishi, Shiitake and Maitake. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6837746/
  7. The "Entourage Effect": Terpenes Coupled With Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31481004/
  8. Targeting Inflammatory Pathways by Triterpenoids for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153165/
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