Adaptogens help us increase our natural resistance to stress. They support exhausted adrenals from the stress of everyday life. One popular natural, risk-free adaptogen option is the Reishi mushroom. In this post, we will discuss the immunity benefits of Reishi mushroom.
People have been using Reishi mushroom for more than two thousand years to support their immune system’s constant mission to keep them healthy.
What Is The Reishi Mushroom
The Reishi mushroom is also referred to as Ganoderma lucidum. It is a rare, dark-colored fungus that occurs naturally in Eastern Asia. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the use of the Reishi for medicinal purposes is thought to originate in ancient Eastern traditional medicines, like Ayurveda.
As a matter of fact, this mushroom is so highly regarded that it carries the nickname of, “the mushroom of immortality.” That is certainly not a title that is being handed out very often. While the focus of this discussion is how the Reishi mushroom can benefit immune function, it has also been used for a variety of other medicinal purposes.
Immunity Benefits of Reishi Mushroom
The once extremely rare and precious Reishi Mushroom is now cultivated and widely available. It is a very potent immune system and longevity tonic.
High Prebiotic Content
One way that the Reishi mushroom has the ability to assist the immune system is its high prebiotic content. While another common term, probiotic, refers to a living strain of bacteria that is beneficial inside the human body, prebiotics entails any number of chemicals that support the survival and reproduction of these bacteria. The Reishi is known to provide several helpful forms of prebiotics when consumed.
Reishi mushrooms are also a great source of antioxidants. To be honest, most of us know that antioxidants are good for us but have little to no clue why this is the case. For the sake of simplicity, antioxidants keep cellular damage to a minimum.
Each cell inside your body is constantly undergoing wear and tear from the natural processes that occur in a living organism. However, at a certain point, the damage becomes too much, and the cell dies. Antioxidants are basically a coat of armor that improves the maintenance and protection of cells.
Another benefit of the Reishi mushroom is that it is one of the most calming of the medicinal mushrooms. So it can be useful if you are experiencing insomnia or general nervousness.
When it comes to research support for the Reishi mushroom, there is a lot of it. Some interesting research conclusions that have been made from the study of this mushroom often include the beneficial effect its consumption has on specific types of cells that make up the immune system. To name a couple, lymphocytes, and natural killer cells, both tasks with immune function, have been shown to increase through supplementing with Reishi.
How to Consume Reishi Mushroom
The most common way to take Reishi mushroom is in a powdered form. The mushrooms are ground into a fine powder for supplements, teas, tonics, tinctures, and elixirs.
According to Healthline, “although most immune system benefits of reishi mushroom have been seen in those who are ill, some evidence has shown that it can help healthy people, too. In one study, the fungus improved lymphocyte function, which helps fight infections and cancer, in athletes exposed to stressful conditions.”
There are a small number of case studies linking the consumption of Reishi mushrooms to liver damage.
As with most supplements, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and those with a blood disorder should probably avoid this item.
Tinsley, G. (n.d.). 6 Benefits of Reishi Mushroom (Plus Side Effects and Dosage). Retrieved June 27, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/reishi-mushroom-benefits
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The information presented here is in no way meant to serve as medical advice. If you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, please consult with your physician.