Ganoderma, also known as Reishi, is an edible medicinal mushroom having a long history of promoting health and longevity. It is an oriental fungus containing lots of therapeutic chemicals which have various biological activities including anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, anti-liver disorders, anti-tumor growth and more. Ganoderma is attributed with various therapeutic properties, such as tonifying effects, enhancing vital energy, strengthening cardiac function, increasing memory, and antiaging effects. It has been tradionally used to ease the mind, and relieve cough and asthma, and it is recommended for dizziness, insomnia, palpitation, and shortness of breath.
What are the synonyms of Ganoderma?
Ganoderma is also known as – Basidiomycetes Mushroom, Champignon Basidiomycète, Champignon d’Immortalité, Champignon Reishi, Champignons Reishi, Ganoderma, Ganoderma lucidum, Hongo Reishi, Ling Chih, Ling Zhi, Mannentake, Mushroom, Mushroom of Immortality, Mushroom of Spiritual Potency, Red Reishi, Reishi, Reishi Antler Mushroom, Reishi Rouge, Rei-Shi, Spirit Plant.
Benefits of Ganoderma
Promotes Kidney Health
Ganoderma helps curb inflammation in the kidneys, the kind of inflammation specifically caused by a poor diet. Its antioxidant properties help reduce the oxidative stress and halt kidney damage on a cellular level. Ganoderma prevents kidney damage through restoration of the renal antioxidant defense system and helps kidney tissues gradually return to a much healthier state.
Ganoderma has immune-stimulating properties and is often used for the treatment of any immune deficiency diseases. It helps restore the concentrations of peripheral white blood cells. Ganoderma has certain agents that help the removal of malignant or premalignant cells, thus, improving resistance and enhancing the functions of the host immune system.
Improves Liver Health
Ganoderma works as an adaptogen (a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress) to improve liver function and prevent liver diseases. It supports the body to flush out toxins and bacteria more efficiently and improve immunity against diseases. It is responsible for detoxifying and cleaning, processing, storing, and circulating healthy blood and nutrients.
Supports Heart Health
Ganoderma may help lower cholesterol levels. The mushrooms were also found to increase “good” HDL cholesterol and decrease ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. It also helps manage shortness of breath and hardening of the arteries.
Helps Fight Depression
Ganoderma helps ease the mind, reduces fatigue and depression, due to its anti-depressant properties. It also has a therapeutic effect on patients dealing with neurasthenia (a medical condition associated with emotional disturbance).
Ganoderma has antioxidants that protect cellular components from oxidative damage, which is likely to decrease risk of mutations and carcinogenesis (cancer related) and also protect immune cells, allowing them to maintain immune surveillance and response.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common cause of lower urinary tract symptoms in aging men. Men with enlarged prostates often have urinary symptoms. Ganoderma helps control the size of the prostate gland and improves urinary symptoms, such as the need to urinate frequently or immediately. It also helps to reduce the symptoms like painful or frequent urination.
Most research shows that taking Ganoderma (reishi mushroom) doesn’t improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. But most of these studies were small, and some conflicting results exist.
The effect of reishi mushroom on blood pressure is conflicting. Taking reishi mushroom doesn’t seem to lower blood pressure in people with only slightly high blood pressure. But it appears to lower blood pressure in people with more severe high blood pressure.
Ganoderma helps to increase the activity of the body’s white blood cells, which might help fight cancer and improve the quality of life in cancer patients.It is said to have potential preventive effects against cancers of the lungs, liver, skin, blood, and colon.
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