Reishi commonly known as Ling Zhi in China, is a mushroom known to have legendary health benefits since ancient times. Reishi mushrooms contain chemicals called polysaccharides, which have been shown to help the body fight cancerous tumors and also stimulate the immune system to combat infections and viruses. The triterpenes, found in reishi mushrooms and shown to lower blood pressure and improve circulation. •
Reishi mushrooms contain sterols, which may influence the hormonal system, and natural anti-histamines, which reduce allergic reactions and inflammation in the body.
Unlike most mushrooms which contain about 90% water content, Lingzhi only has 75%.
History: In the 2000-year old medicinal Chinese book,"Seng Nong's Herbal Classic", Lingzhi is ranked number one of the superior medicines.
Technicals: Scientists have isolated several chemicals in them that have pharmacological effects on the body.
Ganoderma Lucidum is the only known source of a group of triterpenes, known as ganoderic acids, which have a molecular structure similar to steroid hormones. It has the most active polysaccharides (long chains of sugars) among medicinal plant sources, and also contains:
unsaturated fatty acids
vitamins and minerals.
Polysaccharides: Because of the polysaccharides in Reishi is often promoted as anti-tumor, immunomodulating and immunotherapeutic. It is adaptogenic, anti-allergenic and anti-hypertensive due to the presence of triterpenes. Reishi is beleived to be anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-diabetic, anti-hypotensive, and hepatoprotective. Reishi has been found to inhibit platelet aggregations, and to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. testing
Signs or Symptoms of a Deficiency: Reishi mushrooms have shown results in treating hepatitis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and heart disease. Reishi mushrooms have also been shown to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, increase white blood cell count, reduce allergic reactions, and have a calming effect on the central nervous system when given to humans in observed studies
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